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What You Can Do Now To Promote Healthy Aging - It's no secret that people are living longer nowadays. From 1921 to 2011, life expectancy in Canada increased from 57.1 to 81.7, a gain of 24.6 years. If you want to make the most out of those extra 25 years, follow these simple guidelines: Huffington Post

 

Living in high-rise buildings can affect cardiac arrest survival rates, says study - Having a cardiac arrest in a high-rise building could dramatically affect the chance of survival, a new study suggests. The Globe and Mail

 

Attitudes towards dementia need change: group - There are many misconceptions and outdated attitudes towards dementia, says Mary Schulz, education director at the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The society has just kicked off a social-media campaign to reduce the stigma around the disease. Radio Canada International

 

Stronger legs linked to better brain power: study - Sturdy legs could mean healthy brains, according to a new study of British twins. Study after study has shown correlations between physical activity, muscular health and mental acuity, even among people who are quite old. But these studies have limitations, and one of them is that some people may be luckier than others. They may have been born to have a more robust brain than someone else. Their genes and early home environment might have influenced their brain health as much as or more than their exercise habits. Their genes and early home environment also might have influenced those exercise habits, as well as how their bodies and brains responded to exercise. The Globe and Mail

 

Negative Thoughts About 'Old People' Linked To Alzheimer's Risk - A word of caution for anyone who thinks "old people" are just feeble and decrepit -- you might not fare so well yourself when you get to that age. Two new studies led by Yale University say there appears to be a strong link between negative feelings about aging and the elderly and the risk of developing Alzheimer's down the road Huffington Post

 

Aging with HIV: Long, healthy lives are possible with treatment - For healthcare practitioners working in the field of HIV, the past three decades have been a rollercoaster, says Dr. Julio Montaner, head of UBC’s Division of AIDS and director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE). Once a death sentence, HIV is now regarded as a chronic, manageable condition. So much so that on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, the B.C.-CfE will unveil Healthy Aging With HIV, an initiative to better understand how to maximize the longevity of people living with HIV. UBC News

 

Dogs, cats can help baby boomers go gently into golden years - LOS ANGELES -- Teach your dog or cat a few tricks, and your golden years will be better for it. The movement to improve care for older pets has been going on for some time. But the idea of training pets to help out aging baby boomers is relatively new. CTV News

 

No more Alzheimer’s? World’s first anti-aging drug could let you live more than 120 years in good health - London — The world’s first anti-aging drug will be tested on humans next year in trials that could result in people being able to live healthily well into their 120s. Scientists now believe it is possible to stop people growing old as quickly and consign diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to history. National post

 

Canada needs a plan to deal with increase in dementia: Editorial - The Trudeau government should use some of its early goodwill to kick-start the process of developing a national plan to address the slow-motion crisis of dementia. The Star

 

100-Year-Old Woman Says Wine Is Secret To Her Longevity - Now here's a little longevity advice we can all say cheers to. Celebrating her 100th birthday today, Violet Ewen says she credits her longevity to her dinnertime drink. Huff/Post 50

 

Men vulnerable to boredom, depression in retirement - John McLeod is ready to say goodbye to the working world. In February, the 59-year-old expects to retire, but there’s one major flaw in his plan: He isn’t sure how to fill the days and whether that could affect his well-being. The Globe and Mail

 

No, You Aren't Just Imagining Your Midlife Crisis - Midlife crises provide stand-up comedians with plenty of material. And who hasn't snickered when a balding guy in a red Corvette drives by? But beyond just being a pop-culture phenomenon, are midlife crises real? Huffington Posts

 

November Osteoporosis Awareness Month - Women and men over 50 years old who already take calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent osteoporosis may have to consider adjusting their protein intake as well. According to recent research by the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos), older adults lacking an adequate amount of protein in their diets run a higher risk of increased bone fragility and fractures. McGill University Health Centre

 

Real estate investors snap up medical office buildings as boomers age - As aging baby boomers fuel growing demand for health-care services, investors are increasingly turning their attention to medical office buildings — a niche within the real estate market that some argue is recession proof. The Star

 

CFHI and TVN announce 'ACE' initiative to improve acute care for older Canadians - OTTAWA, Nov. 24, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), in partnership with Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network (TVN), today announced a new initiative to improve healthcare for older Canadians. The Acute Care for Elders (ACE) collaborative will support healthcare delivery organizations as they adapt and implement elder-friendly models of care and practices that are improving patient care and generating impressive savings at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. CNW Newswire

 

The baby boom echo affects differing views on housing - Ontarians who belong to the millennial generation worry that real estate prices will keep rising forever. Their parents and grandparents, meanwhile, are almost as fearful that they won’t. The Globe and Mail

 

Planning for an aging population - Access to long-term care is a big deal - especially for those who need it. Ask Dawna Melbourne. Her husband, Harold, is now a resident at the Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre in Port aux Basques. CBN Compass

 

Diary of aging crisp, candid, insightful - Sixty, Ian Brown declares in his book of the same name, is only the preamble to real old age. But it is unsettling enough, he muses, that he has written a book about it and about how an uneasy turning point can turn apprehension into a new slant on reality. lfpress.com

 

Myeloma Canada Receives a Moral Commitment from the Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaétan Barrette - Patients and representatives of Myeloma Canada had the honour of meeting deputes and ministers of the National Assembly on November 19 and speaking to them about the realities of patients suffering from multiple myeloma. Newswire Canada

 

'Dementia-friendly' communities projects to launch in Signal Hill, Okotoks - A pilot project aimed at creating dementia-friendly communities that help affected seniors stay longer in their homes will launch soon in the Calgary neighbourhood of Signal Hill and Okotoks, Alta. CBC Canada

 

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