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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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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 […]