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 [...]

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 [...]

CTV Morning Live (2015) – An Interview with Seniors on Site for National Seniors Month

CTV Morning Live speaks to Caroline Midgley of Seniors on Site and Alana George and Caroline Franklin of the Dovercourt Recreation Centre about Seniors on Site‘s partnership with Dovercourt to promote active living for seniors.

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 [...]

Why Strength Training?

Research has shown that strengthening exercises are both safe and effective for women and men of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health.  In fact, people with health concerns including heart disease or arthritis often benefit the most from an exercise program that includes lifting weights a few times a week. There are numerous benefits to strength training regularly, particularly as you grow older.  It can be very powerful in reducing the signs and symptoms of several chronic conditions, including: arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain and depression. As people age, poor balance and flexibility contribute to [...]

2017-03-15T10:42:48+00:00May 26th, 2014|Physical Health, Weight & Appearance|

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 [...]