Sweeping away the house-cleaning blues


Sweeping away the house-cleaning blues

July 17, 2021

by Sandra J. Hartley, M.P.E., Ed.D. One thing you can count on at home is dust. It settles. Dirt tracks in. “Stuff” collects. The mess just returns week after week. I envy people who do not care about dust bunnies, floor crumbs, and clutter. Yet I feel out of sorts when the place isn’t tidy.   Keeping a place clean week after week seems to be an exercise in futility... or is it? Research sugg...

Too Fit to Fracture, Part 2


Too Fit to Fracture, Part 2

July 17, 2021

Strength training to help aging bones By: Lora Giangregorio, PhD After the age of 40, we lose 0.5% to 1% of the bone mass in our skeleton each year. A diagnosis of osteoporosis means that bones have weakened to the point where they could break from a simple fall. Osteoporosis affects about 1.4 million Canadians. One in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will have a fracture d...

Too Fit to Fracture, Part 1


Too Fit to Fracture, Part 1

July 10, 2021

New tools to help aging bones By: Lora Giangregorio, PhD After the age of 40, we lose 0.5% to 1% of the bone mass in our skeleton each year. A diagnosis of osteoporosis means that bones have weakened to the point where they could break from a simple fall. Osteoporosis affects about 1.4 million Canadians. One in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will have a fracture due to os...

Preventing Falls in Older Adults


Preventing Falls in Older Adults

July 10, 2021

By Mark Speechley, PhD First, the good news: everybody falls – it’s normal – ask any toddler or hockey player! And fortunately, most falls do not cause serious injury. Now, the not so good news: as we age, about one third of us start to fall in situations where we would not have fallen when we were younger. Suddenly, we slip on a floor or trip over a doorsill that we’ve used safely for decade...

Osteoporosis affects us all — Men take note


Osteoporosis affects us all — Men take note

July 2, 2021

With osteoporosis, your bones become thin and porous. You also lose bone strength, which means you have a greater risk of breaking a bone. Although it’s often associated with women, Osteoporosis is not just a woman’s disease. It is a serious health issue for men. During their lifetime, at least one in five men will break a broken bone from osteoporosis. In fact, Osteoporosis causes over 80% of ...

Tai Chi: Meditation in Motion


Tai Chi: Meditation in Motion

July 2, 2021

by Maria Tan, BScOT, MSc. Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that combines concentration, breathing, and patterns of smooth movements of the whole body. Some people describe it as moving meditation. There are many styles of Tai Chi, but they all share certain basic moves. Within each style you can learn different patterns of moves, called forms. These forms can take as little as 5 minutes and a...

Are you eating right as you age? Find out with this easy online tool!


Are you eating right as you age? Find out with this easy online tool!

June 26, 2021

By: Hilary Dunn, MSc As we age, our risk for developing diseases like diabetes and cancer can increase, so prevention becomes even more important. Eating well can help to lower our risk. But how do we know if we’re eating the right foods and getting enough of the right nutrients? Professor Heather Keller is Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging at the University of Waterloo. She...

Taking part in an exercise program — your rights and responsibilities


Taking part in an exercise program — your rights and responsibilities

June 26, 2021

By Anita M. Myers, PhD, University of Waterloo You have the right to expect safe and beneficial programs that are tailored to your needs, abilities and goals. This is true whether you join a commercial fitness club, a program at your local "Y," or one at a seniors recreation centre. You have the right to good programs whether you pay directly through fees, or indirectly through your taxes. You...

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...