Category Archives: Senior Issue

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Better at Home

By Lee Brinkman

This ground-breaking initiative, which includes transportation assistance, helps Okanagan seniors stay connected as they continue to live in their own homes.

Losing the ability to drive is a reality faced by many seniors today.  And without friends or family nearby to help, many seniors end up relying on taxis or the bus, if they can afford taxi fare or be able to access a bus stop.  In communities throughout the Okanagan, this very real situation is becoming increasingly common. Continue reading

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Younger Next Year

By Heather Stanton

Whatever your current activity level, you can turn back your biological clock, starting right now!

Have you read the book Younger Next Year? This book’s premise is that it is possible to slow the aging process and to be physically and mentally more vibrant even into our 70s and 80s!

We are very fortunate and have a lot to be thankful for living in the Okanagan. The climate here allows us to engage in a wide variety of outdoor activities in all four seasons.  Did you know that we have the most active population in North America?  Continue reading

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A Place to Call Home

By Dianne Steinley, Editor OHW Magazine

With physical and mental changes that can occur with advancing age, seniors need to consider housing that is best suited to their needs.

Whatever our stage of life, most of us value independence and the ability to choose how to live that life. As we age, we may find ourselves facing challenges in maintaining the level of independence we’ve been used to. Fortunately, a variety of options are available to help us meet these challenges. Continue reading

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The Senior Sweet Tooth

By  Shelby Entner, ND

As the diet changes of the last forty years begin to affect our health and longevity, it becomes vitally important to watch our sources of sugar.

Have you ever wondered why our elders seem to enjoy sweets so much more frequently than other adults or even children? As people age and their lifestyles change due to living situations, family dynamics, and interest and ability to cook meals, many elders will gravitate towards a diet that is high in sugar. With a culture that is already exploding with diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, the aging population is at an even higher risk due to a long history of eating high sugar foods and insulin resistance. Continue reading

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Healthy Hydration for Seniors

By Allison Ligertwood, BHK and Gareth Jones, PhD

The mature body is less sensitive to changes in water volume and body temperature, so we should not rely on thirst alone to determine our fluid needs.

Drinking enough water is important for maintaining good health. The body uses water to deliver nutrients to cells; to provide a moist environment for our airways, throat, nose, and ears; and to help remove waste. When we do not drink enough water we become dehydrated, and as a result there is less water than needed to carry out normal bodily functions. Every day, water lost through breathing, sweating, urine, and bowel movements needs to be replenished with what we drink and eat. Drinking water is an easy step to maintain health, yet many seniors are not getting enough, making dehydration a common cause of hospitalization. Continue reading

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