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3 Ways Seniors Can Stay Healthy

Eat well The idea that our immune systems rely on a healthy diet to keep our digestive tract in balance has always been a guiding principle for our approach to health care. Our caregivers can help you plan and shop for wholesome, nutrient-rich foods so you can get through cold and flu season. Your specific needs, including gout, diabetes, heart disease or arthritis, can be addressed through a combination of traditional medicine as well as through food choices. As an example, if you have an allergy, you’d generally avoid the allergen. Likewise, if you suffer from arthritis, eating certain foods can cause inflammation, so you’d also avoid them and find alternatives. Learn more about anti-inflammatory foods Safe food handling Our reliance on antibiotics to fight infection has created a problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that our resistance to the antibiotics that treat diseases like pneumonia and E.coli infections has increased considerably. This development means that we need to help our bodies stay healthy using lifestyle choices so that diseases find us inhospitable hosts for disease. We need to pay attention to how we handle food, choose immune-boosting foods like citrus, kale and healthy oils. Keep moving! In addition to eating well, regular exercise can help keep your immune system in check. We read an article on the BBC recently about a scientific study that says doing lots of exercise in older age can prevent the immune system from declining and protect people from infections. When the scientists say: “do lots of exercise” and refer to an octogenarian who does marathons, we realize that most of us do not fit into that category. However, we...
Prevention and a Healthy Lifestyle for Aging Well

Prevention and a Healthy Lifestyle for Aging Well

Prioritizing your health is often one of the things we don’t do because we’re so busy with everything else going on. That is, until our bodies begin to whisper little reminders like: “Did you get your flu shot?” or “Maybe you shouldn’t eat that?” because we do know that maintaining a healthy lifestyle and prevention is often the best way to reduce the occurrence of major health issues, whether chronic or acute. Chronic vs Acute conditions A chronic health condition develops over time. Osteoporosis, asthma, ALS, diabetes, and arthritis are a few examples of chronic conditions that can worsen as we age if we don’t take steps to help our bodies. Learn more here. Acute conditions are often severe and develop suddenly, like broken bones or skin burns, or the flu. They eventually go away, but it’s important to see your health professional to determine whether there is an underlying cause for these occurrences, such as genetic predisposition or lifestyle choices such as diet and physical exercise. How are you aging? Aging is something we, unfortunately, cannot prevent. Getting older has always been something that I’ve looked forward to. As each year passes, I feel more at ease with myself, and as a result I enjoy life more. I do notice, however, that I need to spend more time choosing foods that have certain nutritional value for any one of my ailments (whether you have diabetes, liver disease or high blood pressure, there are tasty foods for you!) I also go to the doctor more often to monitor potentially serious issues, and I’ve found that recovering from illness or...
Why Oral Hygiene Should Be Everyone’s Priority

Why Oral Hygiene Should Be Everyone’s Priority

We often cast aside good oral hygiene habits when we’re too tired to brush our teeth before bedtime, or think that skipping our dentist appointment won’t make much of a difference. Getting stuck in this mindset can affect your ability to eat well, and can determine whether you’re able to live independently as you age. April is National Oral Health Month! The Canadian Dental Association offers some wonderful resources to help you understand why oral health is so important. Learn more.   How to make dental care work for you We need our teeth to eat solid foods.  This statement may not be a revelation, but many of us take for granted our ability to chew tough foods like meat or crunchy vegetables.  Without our natural teeth, or properly fitted dentures, we must eat purée foods and supplement our nutrition with vitamins. Dental care is not one of the health services that Ontario’s health insurance (OHIP) covers unless the surgery is done in a hospital. Understandably, if you’re a senior on a fixed income, you may not have adequate private insurance to pay for routine visits to the dentist that can cost anywhere from $150.00 to $400.00, depending on the services you need. Learn about how you can claim medical expenses on your tax return. Which dental services can you claim on your Canadian tax return?   Prevention is the key Did you know that dentures require as much care as your own teeth?  Have you considered how your brushing habits affect the bacteria levels in your mouth? There are some low-cost strategies for maintaining good oral hygiene, and...
Nutrition and How it Can Make Our Lives Better

Nutrition and How it Can Make Our Lives Better

Everyone has to eat, and food is one of the things that get people to come together in social and professional settings. Whether you’re a foodie who likes to try new restaurants as a treat, or if you like to cook at home, the subject of food is relevant to everyone because what we choose to eat can affect our health. The food industry If you have a Netflix subscription or stream from another service, you know that there is a plethora of documentaries about the food industry.  Even if you haven’t spent any time watching these films that expose the dark side of how corporations influence how food is cultivated, you may have heard a news program or seen an article about various topics like genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or diet plans. What are GMOs?  Click here. If you’re interested in learning more about the food industry in Canada, follow the links below: Dietitians of Canada (so many good resources here!) Canada’s Food Guide (find out what the recommended daily intakes of food are) Good in Every Grain (learn about GMOs in Ontario and other facts) Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada   Nutrition Many of us have become label-conscious consumers, and now we also have more information about calorie counts when we eat at restaurants in Ontario. There are so many diet plans out there, and sometimes it feels like information overload. At Retire-At-Home Services Halton, we recommend: talking to your doctor before you change your diet ask about setting up a visit with a nutritionist to learn how you can feed your body in a tasty way while...
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