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What’s the right dose of exercise for the “olders”

While exercise is the best for maintaining independence, there’s little research on the optimum frequency, intensity and duration beyond ages 60-75. Researcher, Eric Howden suggests using the guidelines for “younger olders.” He claims they have the best shot at maintaining functional independence in old age given their enhanced health.

Source: Knowable

3 ways to work towards a healthier gut

According to the experts at Austria’s Vivamayr, there are  things that you can for gut health: 1. The timing of your meals is key. The ideal mealtimes are in 4 hour intervals: breakfast 8am, lunch 12pm and dinner 4pm. No snacks. 2. Meals should differ in size. Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper. 3. Chew, chew, and chew  Every bite—a mindful 40-60 chews 

Source: Women’s Health

Reluctance means missing out on support strategies 

Informal caregivers are needed on average, for 26hrs a week for people living with mild cognitive impairment dementia. Despite, stress, burden, loneliness and anxiety, some caregivers were hesitant to request support in the early stages, the negative impacts on their health and well-being were worse. Looking back, they acknowledge the unnecessary challenges of going it alone. 

Source: McMaster University

Compared to peers, Canada falls short

In a Commonwealth funded survey of senior care in 11 wealthy nations, Canada ranked eighth. We ranked second to last on timely access to care and were below average for equity. Pharmaceutical, dental and homecare costs were cited. Many were also without a regular place or care provider. We ranked lowest in same-day/next day/ and after-hours care. 

Source: Financial Post

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