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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:

Late-life anxiety disorders are twice as prevalent as dementia among older adults, and four to eight times more prevalent than major depressive disorders. According to the National Institutes of Health, anywhere from 3 to 14 percent of older adults experience anxiety disorders in a given year. These disorders all involve excessive, irrational fear and can worsen if they are untreated.

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Bereavement can have a devastating impact on the immune systems of seniors, and may explain why many older spouses soon die after the loss of their loved ones. Deep depression and an overwhelming feeling of helplessness are often a part of the grieving process, as well. It is, therefore, good to help the grieving loved one to cope during this difficult time.

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Nine important steps that can help Canadian Seniors and Elders with cancer prevention. The most significant risk factor for the development of cancer is aging; however, the risk of many types of cancer can be drastically reduced by focusing on these prevention steps.

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Nearly one in five Canadians adults — about 4.6 million people between the ages of 20 and 79 — has high blood pressure according to Statistics Canada, and gradual decline in memory and cognitive function can be attributed to elevated blood pressure. While there is no precise cause of cognitive impairment, an early indication of dementia, research strongly suggests that high blood pressure can add to the risk.

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Keeping Canada’s seniors safe in inclement weather. No matter where you or loved one lives, bad or unexpected weather is bound to happen. Here is a quick guide for protecting seniors around their homes ─ and when they are out and about.

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