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Social isolation can stem from the reduction of a senior's social participation or social contact, which may cause loneliness or other emotional distress.
Aging and Eyesight
Many changes take place in our eyes as we get older. Some of these changes are normal, while others are serious eye diseases that require medical attention.
Dental Care for Seniors (65+)
After the age of 65, new oral challenges are introduced as the body continues to age. Common conditions that affect seniors include dry mouth, oral cancer, root decay, and gum diseases. Although, active aging alone is not a risk for the development of oral diseases. Oral health also affects digestion, speech, nutrition, self-esteem, quality of life, and social mobility.
85 percent of older adults suffer from oral disease and 55 percent suffer from conditions that develop into periodontal disease. If left untreated, however, many of these conditions often result in tooth loss. Maintaining a healthy mouth by sticking to lifelong dental care habits, such as visiting the dentist at least twice a year for routine check-ups and brushing regularly with fluoride, can help reduce the risk of serious oral diseases and tooth loss.
COVID-19 Government of Canada Web Page: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html (EN)
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Mental Health Commission of Canada:
In a time of physical distancing, connecting socially across generations is more important than ever. MIT’s AgeLab offers ways to maintain conversations between younger and older adults. http://news.mit.edu/2020/connecting-across-generations-during-a-time-of-social-distancing-0331
COVID-19 Now We All Know What It’s Like To Be Old & Alone
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council
It contains up-to-date information about senior centre operations and closures, services for seniors, and activities that seniors can do from home when social distancing. https://www.seniorscouncil.net/covid-19
Around the world
14 Things No One Tells You About Aging
They’re called the golden years for a reason. Getting older has its perks...
10 Best Things About Growing Old
Like all phases of life, our senior years can come with their challenges. However, the difficult and unpleasant aspects of aging should not overshadow all the wonderful parts of growing old.
The National Seniors Council (NSC) delivers reports containing recommendations to ministers on a range of issues, including:
- Financial crimes and harms
- Social isolation
- Labour force participation
- Intergenerational relations
- Volunteering and active aging
- Low income among seniors
- Elder abuse
Read more here.
The HelpAge International Global Network
By 2050, 20% of the global population will be over 60. Ageing is transforming the world, bringing both challenges and opportunities. With 154 members across 85 countries, the HelpAge Global Network is a truly international movement for change. We are united in one goal: creating a fairer world for older people so they can live safe, healthy and dignified lives.
Read more about The HelpAge International Global Network here.