Can someone with osteoarthritis have a healthy active lifestyle?


Can someone with osteoarthritis have a healthy active lifestyle?

June 19, 2021

Arthritis is one of the most common chronic health problems in Canada. There are many different forms of arthritis. It can affect the joints, ligaments, bones, and other parts of the musculoskeletal system. About 4 million Canadians have some form of arthritis, with numbers expected to double by 2020. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms. With osteoarthritis, the shock-absorbing, smo...

Simple exercises to keep Older Adults Moving – Part 1


Simple exercises to keep Older Adults Moving – Part 1

June 19, 2021

by John C. Griffin, MSc. Have you ever had trouble getting in or out of a car? Are recreational activities that involve agility or balance getting harder? Do you find that carrying groceries is becoming more of a challenge? These are some tasks that require functional mobility -- the ability to efficiently perform the necessary activities of daily life without undue fatigue or pain. With go...

Alzheimer’s and women


Alzheimer’s and women

June 12, 2021

The 72% Did you know that women make up 72% of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease? They are our mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers, friends – even us. Women live longer than men and age is a big risk factor. That’s why there are more women living with Alzheimer’s disease than men. Women also account for 70% of family caregivers. Caregiving takes a tremendous toll on women, many o...

What’s stopping me from being active?


What’s stopping me from being active?

June 12, 2021

Here is a list of the top 10 barriers for older adults, as reported by The Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute: Not enough energy Lack of motivation Illness or injury Fear of injury Lack of skill Not enough time Ill at ease Lack of facilities Cost Lack of safe places Many of us feel that we are too tired to be active. But once they get started,...

Your home safety checklist


Your home safety checklist

June 7, 2021

Anyone can fall, but the risk of falling becomes greater with age. Health Canada reports that every year, one in three Canadian seniors will fall at least once. Nearly half of those falls will occur in the home — most often in the bathroom or on the stairs. Factors that can increase your risk of falling include: poor balance decreased muscle and bone strength reduced vision or hearing u...

Aerobic Fitness for Older Adults


Aerobic Fitness for Older Adults

June 7, 2021

Gareth R. Jones, PhD, CSEP-CEP "Remember: Age does not prevent you from getting fitter. Aerobic exercise is one of the main ways you can keep yourself independent and enjoy a better quality of life. Research tells us that physical activity is good for all older people. Aerobic exercise is especially good. It helps older adults to maintain physical independence, despite the effects of chronic ...

A Good Mix – Activity & Cancer


A Good Mix – Activity & Cancer

May 31, 2021

There aren’t many things that could be a good mix for cancer patients and cancer survivors. But believe it or not, physical activity is good for you, while you are in treatment or as a survivor. Surviving cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation treatment and chemotherapy can leave an older adult feeling exhausted both physically and mentally. Cancer patients can also experience a decrea...

5 Minute Exercise – Split Squat


5 Minute Exercise – Split Squat

May 31, 2021

by Greg Poole, MSc., Certified Exercise Physiologist Keeping leg and butt muscles firm. Adults have a progressive loss of muscle after 55 years of age, more from our legs and butt than from our upper body. Mobility and balance suffer, reducing quality of life and independence. This strengthening exercise prevents the flat butt and skinny legs of old age. Do this exercise every other d...

Fitness for the mind


Fitness for the mind

May 22, 2021

One in five Canadians will face the challenge of mental illness at some point in their lifetime. And with some mental illnesses, age can increase risk. Yet older adults are less likely to receive treatment for their mental illness. Sometimes this is because people don’t understand what is  ‘typical aging’ and what is not. Many people still believe that it is a normal part of aging when a perso...

Put the SPRING in your step!


Put the SPRING in your step!

May 22, 2021

by Sandra J. Hartley, MPE, EdD Many older Canadians are anxious to get winter over with NOW. We want to get out, be in the fresh air, and feel the sun’s rays. With longer days, warmer temperatures, and dryer ground on the way, you can take your first steps to a fun and fit summer. Walking is a great way to get back into an active lifestyle. The scientific evidence just keeps flooding in -- si...