Internet Safety for Seniors

  While it’s important for seniors to remain connected, entertained and active through the use of technology, it is equally important for them to exercise caution and interest safety. None of us are exempt from Internet scams, but unfortunately, many scammers specifically target senior citizens. Senior citizens are often at an increased risk for Internet

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Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe: Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors

Preventing falls is one of the biggest concerns that family caregivers face. Falls have a lot of consequences for older adults. For one, there is the very real risk of falls leading to severe injury and even death, especially if the senior has no resources to get help in their time of need. Potential issues can range from

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Benefits of Exercise for Seniors

Research has shown that the benefits of exercise go beyond just physical wellbeing. Exercise helps support emotional and mental health. So next time you’re feeling down, anxious, or stressed, try to get up and start moving!  In addition, exercise and physical activity may possibly improve or maintain some aspects of cognitive function, such as your

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Crime Prevention Tips for Older Adults

Crime and the fear of crime create special problems for the elderly. Crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility, not just a job for law enforcement. Seniors can learn how to protect themselves from crime by following these simple, commonsense suggestions.   At home: • Never open your door automatically. Install and use a peephole. • Lock

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Age Safe at Home

You don’t need to be a Blue Jays fan to understand the value of being “safe at home.” One of the criteria of an older adult’s residence qualifying as “Home Sweet Home” is that it has to be a safe environment, free from the threat of accidents, and accessible if mobility-impaired. We live in an

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Help Aging Parents Stay Warm and SAFE this Winter

Below are some simple steps that you can take to help reduce falls among older adults as well as adults with disabilities in your community.  Attach spikeless ice and snow shoe gripper sole covers to shoes for extra stability when walking on slippery surfaces. Look for these at sporting goods stores.  Attach an ice gripper

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Falls in the Home Can be Prevented

Falls can be prevented. Here are some simple things you can do to keep yourself from falling.   Talk to Your Doctor Ask your doctor or healthcare provider to evaluate your risk for falling and talk with them about specific things you can do. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines to see

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10 Reasons for Boomers to Go Nuts in 2018

For the millions who make up the baby boom generation, a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons against age-related diseases. “It’s vital at any age to adopt good habits to live a strong, fit and healthy life,” says Dr. Mike Roussell, a nationally recognized nutrition consultant and nutrition adviser to Men’s Health and

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4 Top Nutrition Predictions for 2018!

Several food and nutrition trends were in the spotlight this year, including the continued rise of plant-based diets, non-dairy ice creams and superfoods that are blasts from the past — legumes, apples and cabbage. It can be easy to experience nutrition whiplash in the New Year, but don’t be a victim. Get a jump-start on

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6 Ways to Avoid Triggers in the Home for Alzheimer’s

  There are changes we can make to the home environment to reduce confusion or triggering difficult behaviors for family members with Alzheimer’s disease.   Check the lighting in the house to reduce glare (reflections off a shiny kitchen counter top, for example) and to reduce shadows. The changes in lighting can cause agitation. Sundowning

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What Puts Elders at Risk of Falling?

Some fall risk factors listed below are preventable and others are not, but knowing the factors can still help you assess your level of risk. If you live alone or have a small social circle, you are at higher risk of falling because you are less likely to have help when you need it. A

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Age Safe at Home

  Almost one out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year.   Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older adults. These falls cause lacerations, hip fractures and head trauma that could limit your ability to live independently and even increase risk for earlier death. Even if a

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World Kindness Day!

    Want to make the world a better place? Being kind is the first step. We think everyday should be World Kindness Day but November 13th is the official date. World Kindness Day was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement. It is observed in many countries, including Canada, Japan, Australia, Nigeria and

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Fall Prevention Month

  Fall Prevention Month is a campaign that encourages Canadian organizations and individuals to come together to coordinate fall prevention efforts for a larger impact. Organizations are participating by planning activities and sharing evidence-based information on fall prevention. Older adults are a vital part of families and communities. Falling can lead to depression, mobility problems,

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Making Kitchens Adaptable for Seniors

  Are there things in the room that could be adapted so they are easier for the senior to reach or use or so that the senior can get around more easily and safely?   Here’s an example of things to look for in a kitchen: Are cabinets easy to open? Are dishes easily reached?

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Happy 150th Canada Day!

  On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; and Quebec. The anniversary of this date was called Dominion Day until 1982. Since 1983, July 1 has been officially known as Canada Day. Since 1958, the government has arranged for

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5 Home Safety Tips for Seniors

  Home safety becomes more important when parents or loved ones hit their senior years. Oftentimes, at this point the elderly become more susceptible to accidents at home. With their hearing and seeing faculties dramatically depreciated, the need to implement safety measures at home becomes all the more urgent. Fortunately, while aging is inevitable, accidents,

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017

  On this day Age Safe Canada joins the world in voicing our opposition to elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Today, we mark the eleventh observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in our nation and around the world. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched by the International Network for the Prevention

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