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Aging Health and Fitness

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 […]

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Aging

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 […]

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Aging Home Care

Does my loved one need help at home?

As people age, many seniors will require some level of care and assistance. Admitting the need for assistance is difficult for people as they age. Many seniors like to remain independent for as long as possible, but when is it the time to get them care? If you have observed any, some, or all of […]

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Aging

Driving tips for seniors

Driving can be more of a challenge for seniors due to numerous factors such as slow motor functions, vision or hearing impairments, and decreased reaction times. However, over the last 2 decades, the number of senior drivers with licenses has increased by 60%. Driving allows seniors to remain mobile and independent. Seniors recover less quickly […]

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Aging

The benefits of pets for seniors

Research has shown that people with pets tend to have lower stress and increased levels of fitness. Along with providing companionship and unconditional love to their owner, some benefits of having a pet include decreased feelings of loneliness and isolation, more opportunities to engage in social activities, and lower blood pressure. An estimated 35% of […]

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The effects of loneliness in seniors

Loneliness presents a major health risk for seniors. Data from Statistics Canada found that nearly 25% of seniors live alone. Loneliness has been associated with negative health consequences including heart problems, decreased memory, depression, and higher stress. It can also lead to an increased risk of premature death, decreased quality of sleep, and decreased immune […]