Participating in physical activity, maintaining mental and emotional health, challenging the brain, eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, quit smoking, limit alcohol intake, maintain social connections. More information: HealthLinkBC
Tips to Get Active for 65+
Physical activity is crucial in maintaining good health. It improves cardiovascular health, enhances mood, strengthens bones and reduces the risk of falls. For optimal results, 2.5 hours of cardio and 2 sessions of muscle-strengthening exercises weekly is recommended. But, it is important to start slowly and not overexert the body. Additionally, small lifestyle changes to keep the body moving, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking instead of driving whenever possible are highly recommended. Via Canada.ca
Mask Tips for Those with Hearing Loss or Dementia
This article provides suggestions for those who struggle with hearing loss and/or dementia. Individuals who face hearing challenges may normally rely on lip-reading and the interpretation of facial expression which are hidden when someone is wearing a mask. Individuals who have dementia may face the issue of not remembering why masks are suggested to be worn or have trouble recognizing an individual under their mask. This article also outlines the benefits that mask-wearing can have in conjunction with social distancing. Some of the suggestions made include using hand gestures, writing “hearing impaired” on your mask to inform others, and gradually increasing the length of time wearing a mask. Via Qualicare Home Care
Tips for Fall Prevention
Falling is a major health concern for older adults because of the risk of severely injuring one’s hip. Dr. Jaza Marina from Atlanta suggests contacting the doctor if someone is frequently feeling dizzy or tired in an attempt to prevent future falls. In addition, to reduce the likeliness of falls in the house one can remove clutter such as loose cords or bulky rugs, add a rubber bath mat to the shower, and add night-lights to the hallways and bathroom. To see more suggestions for fall prevention, visit the website below. Via Senior News
Online Workouts for Seniors to Stay Safe and Fit Indoors
With thousands of exercise videos at our fingertips, online workouts have become part of the daily routine for many people. However, choosing what to do and how to do it safely can be tough. According to professor emeritus Stuart McGill at the University of Waterloo, he recommends matching your workout to your capabilities, considering chronic conditions and medications. To learn more about how to get your online workout routine started, read this article which provides moves, tips, and online fitness videos such as the 15-60 minute workout routines for seniors from the National Institute for Aging. Via CBC
Tips for Reducing Loneliness in Elders During the Holidays
It is suggested that the COVID-19 pandemic may have effects on one’s sense of loneliness and isolation, which is commonly felt among older adults in the holiday season. Isolation is associated with an increased risk of depression which raises the importance of making an effort to stay connected safely during the season with friends and family. This article provides some suggestions to reduce the effects of loneliness including making time for meaningful conversations, sending holiday cards, and helping one virtually arrange festive decorations. Via AgingCare
Other ideas: write a letter, send a card, create art for people passing by your window (such as a rainbow and hopeful message).
Get Moving - Stay on your Feet
The Stay on Your Feet strategy aims to encourage and aid physical activity for older adults and to prevent a sedentary lifestyle. They wish to prevent falls and maintain mobility and independence through activities that keep individuals strong, active and social. Their website includes resources to support activity for a variety of levels of accessibility. There’s even exercises you can do in the kitchen! In addition, there is information and resources on healthy eating, safety and medications. Via Stay on Your Feet
Virtual Gym: More Information - Centre for Active Living
Find Your Local Flu Vaccine Clinic
Monika Naus, a medical director at the BCCDC, indicates that it is especially important to get the influenza vaccine this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Having both COVID-19 and influenza at the same time can be serious. According to Immunize BC, it is important to plan ahead to get your shot, since most places will require you to book in advance. For the 2020/21 flu season, adults aged 65 of years and older, living in long term care and assisted living facilities can receive the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine for free. You can find your local vaccine clinic, click here.
Via CBC and Immunize BC
COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults, Government of Canada
The Government of Canada has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for seniors and caregivers. They include tips for staying healthy, taking care of your physical and mental health, and resources to stay healthy. More information - Government of Canada
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