Posts by wuerscher

Senior-Friendly Transportation

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Safety Concerns | 0 comments

Many older persons realize that driving safely becomes more challenging and stressful because of age-related changes in vision, hearing, and general flexibility.  These wise drivers adapt by changing their driving habits. They avoid night driving because of limited vision, and the glare of oncoming headlights. They rely on other transportation when weather is bad, and road conditions are poor. But sometimes changing driving habits is not enough. Some seniors stop driving altogether – either by choice or by medical decision – and they must rely on others. Often, this means riding...

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Health Product Buzzwords: Buyer Beware

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Health Signals, Safety Concerns | 0 comments

More people than ever are looking for “health foods” and dietary supplements to help with chronic problems, and to take a more active role in their own health. The exploding demand for these products has spawned many new terms in the media. But what do these buzzwords actually mean? “Organic” means that no synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, bio-engineering or ionizing radiation have been used on produce. Organic meat comes from animals that were not given antibiotics or synthetic growth regulators. Producers who market “certified...

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Fall Prevention for Seniors

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Health Emergencies | 0 comments

During the winter “slippery season”, it’s good to be aware of the leading cause of fatal injury among Canadian seniors – falls. Nearly two-thirds of injuries for which those over age 65 are hospitalized, and 40 percent of admissions to nursing homes originate with falls. While slippery conditions outside do pose risks, most falls occur in the home – particularly on stairways and in bathrooms. Fall prevention tips are available from your local health authority. Many communities also offer fall prevention education as part of their seniors’ programs. Vol.1, No.1; © ElderWise...

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Osteoporosis and Bone Health

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Health Signals | 0 comments

 According to Osteoporosis Canada, at least 1.4 million Canadians over the age of 50 – one in four women and one in eight men  – suffer from this disease. What is osteoporosis? This disease has been called the “silent thief” because you may not experience any symptoms until a fracture occurs. Literally meaning “porous bones”, osteoporosis is a disease in which bones lose density, becoming more porous and therefore more fragile. What are the risks? More porous bones can lead to increased risk of fractures, especially of the hip, spine and wrist. Of the more than 25,000 hip fractures reported...

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Dental Health May Slow Aging

Posted by on Mar 1, 2011 in Health Signals | 0 comments

Flossing our teeth is a simple habit, costing next to no time, money or effort, that can add years to our life.  According to www.realage.com, brushing and daily flossing can reduce your “biological” age by as much as 6.4 years – and possibly extend your lifespan by that amount. Gum disease is the most common “infectious disease” in the world. Seven out of ten Canadians will develop gum disease sometime in their lives. Sore, swollen gums and bleeding are among the first symptoms. In advanced stages, receding gums and even tooth loss can follow.  There may even...

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