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Senior Health and Wellbeing

Information and Resources for Senior Health and Wellbeing

During a person’s advancing years, regular attention to physical and mental health becomes very important. From light exercise and proper nutrition to consistent mental stimulation, seniors, like everyone else, need an active and health-conscious lifestyle to ensure optimal physical and mental wellbeing.

Below is a collection of articles and resources created by Comfort Keepers Canada to provide information about Senior Health and Wellbeing and related topics.

Featured Articles on Senior Health and Wellbeing:

Pneumonia is a major cause of mortality among seniors 65 and older. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more people die each year from pneumonia than from car accidents. There are several primary reasons why seniors are more susceptible to contracting pneumonia.

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Changes in sleep patterns, or what specialists call “sleep architecture”, occur as we age, and this may contribute to sleep problems in seniors and elders. 44% of older persons experience one or more of the nighttime symptoms of insomnia at least a few nights per week.

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Canada’s seniors need strengthening exercise 2 to 3 days per week, and 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. There are numerous low-impact exercises for seniors that can help their health and well-being in crucial areas: endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance.

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Osteoporosis in seniors is a common disease in which bones become brittle, leading to a higher risk of breaks than in normal bone. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, causing a loss of bone thickness (bone density or mass).

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When it comes to diabetes in seniors and elders, there are many myths that get in the way of the hard facts. Here are some of the more common myths about diabetes ─ and the facts that follow may surprise you.

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