What seniors should know about cholesterol and heart disease

Cholesterol is an important molecule that plays numerous roles in the human body. It is a precursor of steroid hormones, helps absorb dietary fats, and is an essential component of cell membranes. Approximately 80% of cholesterol in the body is synthesized by the liver while roughly 20% is obtained from dietary sources. However, high blood […]

Diabetes in seniors

Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is a chronic disease that occurs due to elevated levels of blood glucose (sugar). There are 2 types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. The insufficient production of the hormone insulin causes type 1 while type 2 occurs because the body’s cells don’t respond to insulin. The pancreas […]

Fun fall activities for seniors

As the weather cools and leaves change colour, it can be the start of a quieter season. However, seniors can enjoy various activities both alone or with friends and family. 7 activities to keep you or your loved one busy and entertained in the fall 1. Baking. This activity is especially fun for seniors who […]

The most common health concerns for seniors and how to prevent them

According to the CDC, roughly 85% of seniors have at least one chronic health concern. Therefore, it is important for seniors to be proactive about their health to improve their quality of life. Below is a list of 5 of the most common health concerns for seniors and tips for preventing them. Arthritis Inflammation or […]

How social media can benefit seniors

Social media refers to interactive websites and applications that allow users to create, exchange, and share information. Nearly 60% of the world’s population uses social media. The most popular social media networks are Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, and Instagram. This type of media usage has increased significantly in the COVID-19 era. 5 ways seniors can benefit […]

Breast cancer overview and prevention methods

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is an international campaign to promote awareness of the disease. Cancer is the leading cause of death in North America and strikes victims of all ages. Most cancers derive from a single abnormal cell. Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast divide uncontrollably. Additionally, […]

An overview of the immune system and how to boost it

The immune system protects the body from infection by microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. It consists of barriers that keep pathogens from entering tissues, cells that detect and destroy pathogens, and proteins that pass messages to other cells. The immune system quickly responds to microorganisms. Additionally, it prepares the body for the […]

Age-related physiological changes and how to slow their progress

Age related physiological changes in the mind and body Along with aging can come age related physiological changes. These can occur in all organs due to cell death and the generation of new cells. Cells may be programmed to die in a process called apoptosis or because they can only divide a certain number of […]

5 must-read books for seniors

Studies have shown that seniors who regularly read have better decision-making ability, reduced stress, and improved memory. Reading can also reduce anxiety, allow you to sleep better, and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Below is a list of 5 must-read books for seniors along with a short summary of each book. 1. […]

Dementia: What is it and what can we do about it?

Dementia is a general term used to describe impaired functioning due to a loss of memory, language, and decision-making ability. There are 7 stages of dementia, ranging from no impairment to very severe decline, that depend on the area of the brain that is affected. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Although […]