“If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” – Mickey Mantle
Canadians are living longer than ever before. In fact, the average Canadian woman can expect to live until the age of 84 and men until age 80. As life expectancy increases, however, so does the number of Canadians living with chronic disease and pain.
According to a report from Canada’s chief public health officer, 80 per cent of seniors are living with a chronic condition and at least 30 per cent have multiple chronic conditions. Chronic conditions are defined as health problems requiring ongoing management over a period of years or decades. Examples of chronic conditions include arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, chronic back pain, diabetes and depression. So while we may be living longer, the quality of those years is often diminished by pain and illness. Continue reading To do or not to do: exercise and chronic conditions→
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this is the perfect time to explore the tremendous benefits of living with gratitude. Reflections on gratitude can be found throughout human history in both religion and philosophy. Cicero, the ancient Roman political theorist and philosopher, asserted that gratitude was the mother of all virtues, one that may indeed hold the key to happiness. Continue reading Gratitude – the gift you give to yourself→
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
– Roger Caras, wildlife photographer and animal preservationist
Growing up, my family always had a dog and I developed a profound appreciation and deep love for our canine companions. For the last eight years I’ve lived with an affectionate, 130-pound Newfoundland dog named Tessie and despite the piles of hair she leaves behind on the carpet, my children wouldn’t have it any other way. Our furry family members not only offer companionship and a friendly wagging tail when you walk in the door, research confirms what most dog owners already know – dogs are really good for us. Continue reading The research is in – dogs are really good for us→
“When our feet hurt, we hurt all over.” – Socrates
Even Socrates, the father of western philosophy who spent his days espousing the virtue of knowledge, took the time to comment on sore feet. Foot pain affects about one in four older adults, and it can become chronic and debilitating. By the time we reach age 80, the average person has walked over 100,000 miles, so it’s no surprise that these hard-working, mechanical marvels start to wear and tear over time. And while some age-related changes to your feet are inevitable, there are some steps you can take to maintain healthy, happy feet. Continue reading Take good care of those feet→
Let’s take a quick poll. If you could exercise with a buddy, would you be more inclined to do so? How about a walking club, would you join one? If the answer is yes, you may not have to look much further than your local senior centre.
Senior centres across the province provide a meeting place for seniors who can be at risk for social isolation, helping them stay connected to their community. Many centres also incorporate health promotion and healthy living initiatives into their programs. Senior centres are well-positioned to provide a platform for social interaction and can be a great venue for exercise programs as well. For older adults, when you combine exercise with a supportive social environment, the benefits grow exponentially.Continue reading Exercise programs are adding huge benefits to social networking at local senior centres→