Healthy living and physical activity are beneficial at any age; it’s never too late to start healthier habits.
Canadians are enjoying longer life spans and better health than ever before. The proportion of seniors in the Canadian population is expected to double by 2025. Health Canada is proactively conducting research and planning to better understand the needs of Canadian seniors and to ensure that programs and services respond to Canada’s aging demographic.
What Can You Do?
If you are a senior, look for ways to keep yourself healthy, strong and flexible. Staying healthy is an important way for you to keep your independence. There are four determinants that play key roles in healthy aging:
- Healthy Eating
- Injury Prevention
- Oral Health
- Physical Activity
Fighting the Fall
Talk to your care provider and caregiver about falls and what you can do to prevent them. Each year, almost one-third of adults age 65 and older fall, resulting in hospitalizations. Removing area rugs, installing grab bars in the bathroom, keeping your pathway clear of debris are just some of the things that can be done.
British Columbians are one of the healthiest populations in Canada. We can make choices for ourselves and our families that make a real difference in our ability to remain healthy and active now, and enjoy life to its fullest in the future. While healthy living may mean different things to different people, B.C. is committed to helping people of all ages achieve the best in health.
Your doctor should know every prescription, over-the-counter medication, supplement and vitamin you’re taking. Once a year, review the list, asking, “Do I need to keep taking this?”
Have your hearing, vision and blood pressure tested every year, get dental checkups annually and cholesterol tests at least every five years,more often if your levels are high.
Health maintenance and preventive measures promote wellness and celebrate everyday life. Making informed health decisions contribute to quality of life in the elderly.
Understanding common health concerns and what can be done to prevent or treat them can go a long way towards reducing the stress you feel when it comes to your health and the health of those in your care.