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Improvement of Government, Community Resources Would Boost Rural Seniors’ Mental Health in Canada, Panelists Say

This is because Canada’s rural areas have residents with lower incomes, less education, less adequate housing, less access to rail and public transit services and lower quality of health care than in the country’s urban areas. “Our rural areas are elderly,” Novik said. “Young people moved to the cities. When we talk rural and remote, […]

Improvement of Government, Community Resources Would Boost Rural Seniors’ Mental Health in Canada, Panelists Say

Greater improvement and coordination of government policy programs and community resources would improve the mental health of rural seniors in Canada, university researchers said during a conference on aging in Chicago. During their panel presentation titled “Aging and Rural Mental Health: ‘I Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Better,’” that included a video presentation of testimonies […]

Improvement of Government, Community Resources Would Boost Rural Seniors’ Mental Health in Canada, Panelists Say

Falls and Loss of Mobility Bacsu added that loss of mobility and falls were other prime concerns. They reflected gender differences and involved no discussion of health care to resolve them. Both worsened respondents’ sense of social isolation, limited activities around the house and fostered a loss of confidence and independence. Particularly, falls incited feelings […]

Government, Business Must Partner to Boost Healthy Aging Via Environmental Protection (Part One)

A multi-prong strategy of solutions by government agencies, businesses and nonprofits would promote healthful and successful aging for seniors and protect the environment at the same time, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) representatives and pesticide control and neurological disease experts said an aging conference. During a panel titled “Safer Chemicals, Healthier Aging: A Prescription for Positive […]

Government, Business Must Partner to Boost Healthy Aging Via Environmental Protection (Part Six)

Twenty years since the passage of the Clean Air Act under President Richard Nixon in 1970, health benefits begin to manifest, Sykes said. In 1990, when the Act was re-authorized by President George H.W. Bush, clean air programs were found to prevent 205,000 premature deaths, 672,000 cases of chronic bronchitis, 21,000 cases of heart disease, […]

Government, Business Must Partner to Boost Healthy Aging Via Environmental Protection (Part Seven)

Comprehensive, Multi-Disciplinary, Sector-wide Solutions To combat the unhealthful aging practices of seniors and environmental pollution, government, business and nonprofits must unite to strategize over public policy to reduce exposure to poisonous chemicals, develop ecologically-friendly products, push for more natural, organic and holistic food, promote more use of mass transit than vehicles, address socioeconomic gaps and […]

Government, Business Must Partner to Boost Healthy Aging Via Environmental Protection (Part Four)

Researchers from the Collaborative said the effects of air pollution on aging are also reflected in nutrition. Changes in agricultural practices and the food industry in terms of production, processing and distribution have changed how individuals consume food. Inflammatory nutrients are introduced into the food supply when agribusiness produces crops using confined feeding, pesticides and […]

Government, Business Must Partner to Boost Healthy Aging Via Environmental Protection (Part Three)

Sykes explained that, in scientific research, a fine particle is 2.5 microns, a particle of flour is bigger and a grain of beach sand is blown up to 1,000 times of the size of the fine particle. Yet, despite its small size, the fine particle is powerful and possibly devastating in its effect on human […]

Government, Business Must Partner to Boost Healthy Aging Via Environmental Protection (Part Two)

Connections to Air Quality In a presentation titled “Aging Initiative: Protect Your Heart, Know Your AQI,” Sykes stressed that seniors and individuals in general ought to know their Air Quality Index, also known as AQI, as accessed on the EPA’s Air Now websites at http://www.airnow.gov and http://www.epa.gov/iaq as well as through weather and climate reports […]

Government, Business Must Partner to Boost Healthy Aging Via Environmental Protection (Part Five)

A June 2009 EPA Fact Sheet found that seniors may be more vulnerable to the effects of exposure of pesticides because of the manner in which the human body changes how it processes chemicals with old age. Yet, the EPA fact sheet reported, eight out of ten households in the nation use pesticides both indoors […]