“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