The Council on Aging of Ottawa: Capital Aging Special Report 2018

The Boomer Market and the impact of the increasing spending power of a rapidly aging population on business was the hot topic at the West Ottawa Board of Trade’s recent “Business over Breakfast” meeting.  “Seniors in Ottawa are the fastest growing age group with significant power that can no longer be ignored”, said Doug Norris, one of Canada’s leading experts on the Census and author of the report “Tapping into Ottawa’s older consumer market: worth 12. 6B and growing”.  The report was commissioned by the Council on Aging of Ottawa. Caroline Midgley, member of the Council on Aging’s [...]

A Healthy Alternative Doesn’t Have to Cost a Lot

--Alan Freishtat, Healthy Living Golden Age It sometimes seems that in order to stay healthy, it might cost a lot of money. Granted, not being healthy will ultimately cost more money than buying healthy food, but for many it seems like we must spend a lot of money to buy healthful food, see a dietitian, buy exercise equipment, go to the gym or have a personal trainer. However, it doesn't have to be that way. Many years ago, before I was a fitness trainer, I used to sell freshly squeezed orange juice. One potential client told me that Coca-Cola was much [...]

2017-03-15T10:42:28+00:00May 9th, 2016|Food & Diet, Health & Medical|

HelpAge Canada’s “Seen Your Citizen?” Day to Help Reduce Seniors’ Social Isolation

Oct 1 was "Seen Your Citizen" Day - HelpAge Canada's multicultural, multi-faith and intergenerational day of sharing to help reduce isolation among seniors. The following are remarks given by Seniors on Site's very own Director of Marketing, Caroline Midgley, as a panel member at the event.   Causes of Isolation As we age, our health and social world changes. For some of us, our health may be deteriorating, we may no longer be able to drive, many of our friends have passed away, our families live at a distance and we no longer have the strong social and family support network of our [...]

2017-03-15T10:42:29+00:00May 3rd, 2016|Coping, Health & Medical, Mental Health|

Tax Time – Important Medical Expenses to Consider, Particularly for Seniors

As an aging nation, it beneficial to be familiar with the medical expense tax credit. Many people do not even bother to add up and claim their medical expenses because they do not believe the effort will pay off. This may not be surprising considering it's probably one of the more difficult tax credits to calculate since the rules are complicated in terms of what is eligible and what is not (Carrick, 2015). For these reasons, many people miss out on the medical expenses tax break. They also may not be aware of the vast array of medical expenses that [...]

2017-03-15T10:42:30+00:00February 17th, 2016|Financial, Health & Medical|

Stay Active at Dovercourt Gold Club!

>>Click here for Upcoming Schedules<< Seniors who feel a sense of purpose or engage in hobbies of genuine interest are less likely to succumb to the negative effects of social isolation. Engaging in the community through recreational activities allows seniors to lead a healthy and active lifestyle and also to maintain a healthy social life which can be highly beneficial for mental health and well-being. Dovercourt Recreation Centre has some ideal fitness options for seniors aged 55 and over. Strength and Fitness Classes: Women on Weights - Strength training with weights, along with a variety of activities and experience, is proven to [...]

Living the ‘Moment’ in Memory Care

As we age, we naturally start worrying more and more about our memory. Lapses in memory at a younger age are not given much thought but now seem to have new meaning. Research indicates that proper nutrition, medication, physical activity, cognitive exercise, and routine health monitoring can dramatically influence daily abilities, quality of life and health. Some important things to consider when it comes to prevention are: Specialized diets enriched with omega 3 and vitamins Hydration Cognitive exercise regimens Physical strength training and exercise Music, aroma and massage therapy Physical, speech and occupational therapy Fall prevention training Families are encouraged to be a part of the wellness [...]

Coping with Cancer

The word ‘cancer’ is fraught with emotion – mostly negative.  How does one manage the physical and emotional components of a cancer diagnosis? Taking Control Navigating a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Treatment usually happens quickly. Aside from dealing with physical effects of the disease itself and conventional treatments such as chemotherapy, people may have to adjust their lifestyle, with changes to their diet, supplement, and exercise regimens. Then there's the emotional impact. A diagnosis can trigger deep inner turmoil. Many people find they need support and healing for their mind and soul as much as for their body. There [...]

2017-03-15T10:42:48+00:00April 23rd, 2014|Coping, Food & Diet, Health & Medical, Physical Health|

When Seniors Should See a Doctor After Experiencing a Fall

Whether you're the victim or the witness of a fall, never underestimate its seriousness. Even if it appears no harm was done, there could be after-effects. Here are some of the reasons for seeing a doctor: - loss of consciousness just before or after the fall - injuries - a strong lingering pain - dizziness - nausea - overall weakness - headaches - vision problems Symptoms may appear in the days that follow a fall. If you fall, take note of your condition. If you witness a fall, take note of the person's condition. In some cases, a fall may [...]

Many Seniors will Experience a Fall in their Home – Learn How to Protect Yourself

Did you know that: 1 in 3 seniors will experience a fall each year, and half of those more than once. 40% of seniors' falls result in hip fractures; 20% of injury-related deaths among seniors can be traced back to a fall; seniors are injured at home more than any other location.  The bathroom and stairs are particularly dangerous. You can prevent falls by making the needed adjustments to your home and lifestyle. Bathroom:  Ensure that you have non-slip surfaces in the tub and shower; install grab bars by the toilet and bath to help you sit and stand; use [...]

New Year, New You… It’s Easier Than You Might Think

Add these foods to your dietary arsenal to help arm yourself against disease and age-related ailments.  Liz Pearson, co-author (along with Mairlyn Smith) gives us the news on longevity-boosting champions. 1.  The Weapon:  100% whole grains The Ailment:  Inflammation The Risks:  Cancer, Type 2 diabets and heart disease The News:  "What we're finding is that inflammation is like gas on a fire for disease", Pearson says.  She cites a study conducted by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, which shows a diet rich in whole grains significantly reduces inflammation. Recommendation:  Six to eight whole grain servings daily.  For creative recipes [...]

2017-03-15T10:42:49+00:00January 3rd, 2014|Health & Medical|