The same stay-at-home recommendations meant to protect older adults from COVID-19 can also leave them feeling isolated and lonely.
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Social distancing is leaving older Americans more isolated and opening them up to serious health risks.
Given the current health crisis, seniors are highly vulnerable, yet can face significant costs for health care.
Despite significant differences in their systems, both countries share the challenge of having to reduce the cost of health and long-term care for older citizens.
A resident walks down a hallway at a seniors’ residence in Montréal on Jan. 30, 2020.
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A research project may offer insight into how factors like laundry, food and art may be good places to start in addressing problems in long-term care homes.
Prescription drugs in the U.S. are so costly, some people skip their medications.
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Studies repeatedly have shown that health care in general and the high cost of drugs in particular are among the top concerns of US voters. But with coronavirus, the issue may fade from prominence.
Caring for loved ones is harder during the coronavirus pandemic.
The United States has 53 million caregivers, according to the latest estimate. And COVID-19 makes what they do much harder.
Mary-Lou McCullagh, 83, inside her Ventura, California home, in isolation because of COVID-19. She and her husband Bob, 84, greet the little boy who lives across the street.
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What's in a word? Plenty, when it comes to the choices we use to describe people over 60. Stigma against older people that has been evident during the COVID-19 pandemic shows why it's time to change.
Video chats can ease social isolation for older adults.
Even before COVID-19, older adults were vulnerable to isolation and loneliness. Video conferencing apps can ease this. Here are some tips to help make that happen.
Seniors may need help shopping, picking up prescriptions, and connecting with others.
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Look out for your elderly parents, family members, friends and neighbors. It could save their lives.
It’s critical to help the older adults in your life forgo their routines and embrace social distancing.
Some older adults are struggling to practise social distancing during the global pandemic, even though they're at high risk. Here's how to help them.
Many older people are wary of asking for help with technology.
As technology moves faster and our population gets older, here are some things we can all do to help seniors keep up.
People’s relationships with their pets impact wellness and health in perhaps surprising ways.
Governments must think about older people's relationships with pets when they're planning both aging-in-place strategies and disaster management.
Elder abuse is far more common than many believe, making an already challenging time of life harder for those who are victims of it.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15; were you aware? Not many people are, yet abuse is growing. Two experts explain the trend and offer possible solutions.
You might just be getting better at the game you’re practicing.
There are reasons to be skeptical, of both the quality of the evidence presented so far and the questionable assumptions that underlie claims of improved cognitive function after brain training.
Morrison appeared at a forum of seniors in the Victorian seat of Corangamite.
Both sides have different perceptions about how what the government characterises as a “retirement tax” - the franking credits change – will play out politically.
Long-term exposure to air pollution was linked to cognitive decline in elderly people.
Air pollution is bad for our heart and lung health – and a new study says it may be bad for brain health, too.
Social robots are one way to provide lonely seniors with companionship.
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Robots address challenges care systems face -- and could even provide companionship to those who need it most.
A new study funded by the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation will investigate the use of learning technologies such as streaming media for people with dementia and those at risk.
Higher education for seniors shows promise – for combatting social isolation, increasing well-being and delaying the onset, or slowing the progression, of dementia.
Chief Justice John Roberts is shown leaving the Senate chamber during President Trump’s impeachment trial Feb. 5, 2020. Behind him is Lindsay Graham, (R-S.C).
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The recent fall of Chief Justice John Roberts underscores that falls can happen to anyone. They are a major cause of disability in seniors - but there are some clearcut ways to prevent them.
Nearly every Canadian family has a wait time story. This is because our system is not designed to provide optimal care for patients with multiple chronic diseases.
To improve wait times for surgery, Canada needs to fix its health-care system. Developing a national seniors' strategy would be a good place to start.
Protect the baby boomers in your life when you give them them technology gifts by giving them the gift of time to go along with their new device.
Gifting techno-gadgets to baby boomers may be a good idea but may also put them at risk from sophisticated surveillance technology. To protect them, give the gift of time to go along with the new device.