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How seniors can stay busy during the winter

Winter is the time of year when we tend to spend more time indoors. Although it can be hard to stay busy during the winter, it is important to keep the body and mind active. Here’s how seniors can stay busy during the winter. Below is a list of five of the most popular activities that seniors can do to stay busy during the winter. 1. Board games. These are fun to play and are […]

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7 ways to promote a healthy heart

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death worldwide but 80% of these deaths are preventable by managing risk factors and changing your lifestyle. Heart disease is caused by the buildup of fatty plaque in your arteries, called atherosclerosis. As a result, blood cannot flow through the arteries to the organs as well, which can damage your heart and blood vessels. Below is a list of 7 ways to promote a healthy heart. 1. Exercise. […]

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Tips to reduce sundowning

Sundowning, also known as late-day confusion, is more prevalent in seniors and can cause restlessness, irritability, and agitation. Sundowning can continue into the evening and night, making it harder for seniors to fall asleep. Although researchers don’t know the exact cause of sundowning, it is believed to be due to a disruption in circadian rhythms, which signal when to wake up and fall asleep. Sundowning can be triggered by dim lighting, increased shadows, and the […]

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What seniors should know about the COVID-19 vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people, especially, seniors, get COVID-19 vaccines. They are safe, effective, and reduce your risk of severe illness. A vaccine is a substance that stimulates an immune response resulting in acquired immunity to a particular disease. Nearly 80% of the Canadian population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Seniors, people with lung problems, heart disease, brain and nervous system conditions, diabetes, obesity, cancer, certain blood disorders, and […]

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Anti-inflammatory diet – an overview

Inflammation plays a role in the body’s healing process, however, it is also a significant risk factor for numerous health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and certain cancers. When inflammation happens, your body is protected from substances including infections and microbes by chemicals in white blood cells that enter the blood or tissues. This causes redness and warmth because there is increased blood flow to that area. Here’s where the anti-inflammatory diet comes […]

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How to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle

It is crucial for seniors to take care of their bodies. Seniors are more likely to get sick and recover more slowly from injuries, illness, and infection. Below is a list of tips to help you maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle. 1. Eat well. To boost your immune system to protect yourself against illness-causing bacteria and harmful viruses, try diets that are rich in lean meats, fruits, and vegetables. In addition, try to limit […]

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Winter safety tips for seniors

When the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, seniors run a higher risk of health problems and weather-related injuries such as frostbite and hypothermia. Boom Health has put together a list of winter safety tips for seniors. 1. Be aware of black ice. Black ice presents a major risk for car accidents and falls for seniors because it is visually transparent. 2. Dress warmly. It is recommended that when seniors go outside in […]

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The importance of staying hydrated for seniors

More than 60% of the human body is water. Therefore, hydration is crucial to keep organs functioning properly, regulate body temperature, deliver nutrients to cells, prevent infections, and keep joints lubricated. Staying hydrated is even more important for seniors because several physiological changes occur, such as reduced body water content and increased fluid loss, as we age. It is recommended that senior males should drink 2,500 mL (10 cups) of water per day while 2,000 […]

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The effect of sugar on the brain

Sugar comes in many different forms but can cause harm to the body, especially the brain when consumed in large amounts. Excess sugar consumption has been linked to obesity, high blood pressure, fatigue, diabetes, and many more negative symptoms. The World Health Organization recommends that you limit sugar intake to 10% of your diet. As you age, one of the best ways to improve your overall health and get more energy is to remove sugar […]

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The science of aging

Development, generation time, lifespan, and lifestyle are affected by time-measuring devices, which all living organisms have. Aging is a mix of genetic and environmental factors. Exogenous factors, which come from outside the cell and endogenous factors, which come from inside the cell, are sources of cell damage. Exogenous factors include UV light, chemicals, and ionizing radiation, while reactive oxygen species and DNA replication errors are endogenous factors. The rate of cell damage and repair affect […]