An overview of inflammation

Inflammation is a response of vascularized tissues (contain vessels) that delivers leukocytes (white blood cells) and molecules of host defense from the circulation to the sites of infection and cell damage in order to eliminate the offending agents. It can be classified as acute or chronic depending on how long it lasts. Pain or tenderness, […]

Tips to keep your kidneys healthy

The kidneys are bean-shaped organs that lie on the posterior aspect of the abdominal cavity. They function to clear waste products of metabolism and regulate the concentrations of many constituents of body fluids. In functional units of the kidney called nephrons, blood undergoes ultrafiltration and reabsorption. Below is a list of 5 tips to keep […]

The signs and symptoms of stroke

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain gets blocked or ruptures. As a result, parts of the brain become damaged or die. This can cause long-term disability, brain damage, and even death. Common symptoms of stroke include numbness, confusion, difficulty seeing and walking, and severe headache with no […]

What seniors should know about the flu

The flu is a respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses that can infect the lungs, nose, and throat. It can cause symptoms such as fever, runny nose, and sore throat that last for up to 8 days. There are approximately 4 million severe cases of the flu each year with over 300,000 deaths annually. Types […]

An overview of hypertension for seniors

Hypertension is defined as elevated blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force against the walls of arteries as the heart pumps blood throughout the body. The two phases of the cardiac cycle are systole and diastole. Systole is when the heart contracts and pumps blood out of the heart. Diastole is the period of time […]

How seniors can prevent osteoporosis

November is National Osteoporosis Month. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle to the point where they break easily. Approximately 2.3 million Canadians have osteoporosis, which causes more than 80% of all fractures in seniors. Some risk factors for osteoporosis include older age, the use of glucocorticoid drugs, medical conditions […]

Maintaining good health as we age

Maintaining good health as we age can be difficult, but with a few small changes, the benefits can be life changing. Seniors are at higher risk than others to catch various viruses, which can lead to other complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis. This is why taking care of your body and strengthening your immune […]

Benefits of golf for seniors

Golf is a low-impact sport that encourages seniors to socialize, provides physical and mental benefits, and carries a much lower risk of injury than many other sports. It is a great way for seniors to get outside and exercise. Below is a list of 5 benefits of golf for seniors. 1. Physical activity. On average, […]

Why seniors should eat more dark chocolate

You may be thinking: “I thought chocolate is bad for you. Why should I be eating more of it?” Not all chocolate is bad for you and not all chocolate is good for you. Dark chocolate contains approximately 70% cocoa solids, cocoa butter, and sugar while milk chocolate contains about 30% cocoa solids, cocoa butter, […]

Why seniors should start practicing meditation

Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is the practice of training your mind to focus and is used for stress reduction and relaxation. Meditation has become increasingly popular as more health benefits are being discovered. It involves deep breathing to clear the mind and can also provide physiological benefits. Below is a list of 7 […]