Time For A Canada Prescription Drug Plan

prescription drugsAll seniors will be delighted to see the headline that is appearing today: Pharmacare national prescription drug program gains support.  It’s widely supported in the medical community, but has not yet caught fire with Canadians at large.  The concept is very straightforward: pharmacare, a national program that would see prescription drugs covered through a publicly funded system rather than out of pocket. Continue reading

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International Day of Older Persons – October 1

chinese womenEvery year, October 1 celebrates the United Nations backed International Day of Older Persons. For 2014 the theme is Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All. The photograph on the right shows Elderly women in Chengdu as displayed on the UN website. Continue reading

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How To Live To Be 100

jane fondaMany more of us are living life’s third act and enjoying a vigorous and fulfilling life. The third act is how Jane Fonda defines the years beyond 60. The challenge is of course to make that third act as long as possible. In this article, you will find examples of many people who are doing just that. We then will describe some steps you may take to emulate them.
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Take care of your hearing as you age: the do’s and don’ts

grandmaThis article is contributed by Paul Harrison.

As we grow older it’s natural to want to take care of our health. Many people take regular exercise to stay fit and active, and follow a healthy diet. Whilst we think nothing of having regular health checks such as cholesterol tests and eye examinations, many people are reluctant to get their hearing tested. Continue reading

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Nutrition for Seniors

 

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This article is contributed by Emily Newhook.

We all know that a well-balanced diet can help people of all ages lead healthier lives, but seniors in particular stand to gain a lot from proper nutrition. Eating well can help reduce the risk of serious chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, among others. Even if you’ve already been diagnosed with a chronic condition, maintaining a healthy diet can allow you to manage it more effectively. Healthy eating can also help seniors manage their weight and keep energy levels up throughout the day. Continue reading

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Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Medicare

ACA Medicare doctorThis article is contributed by Emily Newhook.

News coverage of Affordable Care Act – or “Obamacare” – seems relentless, but many people still have difficulty figuring out exactly how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect them personally. This is especially true for Medicare beneficiaries. There is plenty of misinformation and confusion as to what parts of the ACA apply to Medicare beneficiaries and how this government program will change under the new law.

So what should you know as the administration begins to implement the ACA? We’ve answered a list of common questions to set the record straight. Continue reading

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Can Acupuncture Really Help You Stop Smoking

This article is contributed by Ron Barker.

Smoking is a very strong addiction, and while everybody knows the dangers and hazards associated with it, they can still find it hard to finally kick the habit into touch. Smoking causes all manner of health problems and it is strongly linked to a number of different cancers. Once you have decided that you want to give up, it can be a long path to finally getting there. Continue reading

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Keeping Your Brain Fit as You Get Older

active seniorsThis article is contributed by Ken Myers.

The passage of time can do a lot of things to your body. Joints start to hurt all the time, you may not have the stamina you once did and your mind can begin to feel unfocussed. Fortunately, there are many ways you can fix all of these problems including maintaining a greater focus. If you’re diligent about keeping your brain fit, it can be as sharp as it was when you were in your twenties. Continue reading

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5 Ways To Make Your Community A Safer Place To Live

communityThis article is contributed by Michael Ferraro.

Living in a pleasant community is something that many of us take for granted but for many individuals and families, even their own neighbourhoods are far from peaceful places. The only real way to ensure that your own community is a safe place to bring up your family is to dedicate your own time and efforts into creating something special. This article takes a look at several ways in which you and your friends and family can do your bit to make your neck of the woods a thriving and pleasant place to live and to visit. Continue reading

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Enjoying a healthy old age

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With advancing years, you may find that some of the activities that you enjoy are more difficult for you. It is important to stay active even if only gentle activities are possible. If you move too quickly, then you may strain a ligament or have a sprain. Sometimes gentle rest is not sufficient to correct this and you must use the services of a trained professional such as a physiotherapist. Continue reading

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