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:
Fighting the Fall
Talk to your healthcare provider 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 and many deaths. Getting rid of throw rugs, installing easy-to-grab bars in the bathroom and altering medication regimens can minimize the potential for a tumble.
Many seniors live active and healthy lives but as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age. It is important to understand what to expect. Some changes may just be part of normal aging, while others may be a warning sign of a medical problem. It is important to know the difference, and to let your healthcare provider know if you have any concerns.
Older people who began eating right, exercising, playing “brain games” and socializing more often performed well on memory and problem-solving tests.
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.