The objective of this study was to examine and compare the population attributable risk for Alzheimer's disease associated with six modifiable risk factors among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and among on- and off-reserve Indigenous peoples in Canada.7 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.
This report presents key findings on physical, mental, and social aspects of aging using data collected from 50,000 Canadians aged 45-85. It highlights insights related to: physical and psychological health, loneliness and social isolation, caregiving and care receiving, transportation and mobility, work and retirement, physical function, disability and falls, lesbian, gay and bisexual aging, and lifestyle and behaviour, among others. 210 pages. Last reviewed May 2018.
The Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario in collaboration with Queen's University are offering this Interprofessional Primary Care team workshop on Wednesday May 10th from 12-4:30 pm as an accredited group learning activity at the Belleville Travelodge. Please see the pdf brochure for more details. Register online here.
The Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario in collaboration with Queen's University are offering this Interprofessional Primary Care team workshop on Friday, March 31st from 12-4:30 pm as an accredited group learning activity at the Brockville Convention Centre. Please see the pdf brochure for more details. Register online here.
This prospective randomized clinical trial took place at 10 North American medical centres. Lung function in relation to smoking cessation among smokers with mild-to-moderate airway obstruction was examined and measured annually for 5 years. Findings show that smokers with airflow obstruction benefit from quitting, despite previous heavy smoking, advanced age, poor baseline lung function, or airway hyperresponsiveness. 10 Pages.
Older adults suffer a large proportion of health consequences from smoking and could benefit from cessation.
Why is it important?
Smoking is a risk factor for lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, chronic respiratory disease and fractures (6)
Smoking is the leading cause of premature death (5)
Rate of bone-density decline in older adults is accelerated by smoking (4)
Female smokers are at greater risk of post-menopausal osteoporosis (4)
Smoking cessation later in life adds years to life and also improves quality of life (1) (2)
Stress of unemployment, homelessness, personal problems, financial strain, or physical/verbal abuse (8)
Addiction to alcohol, cocaine, or heroin can make one vulnerable to smoking (8)
Older smokers are less likely to believe smoking harms health or cessation offers benefits at advanced age (1)
Talk to your physician about current smoking status: amount smoked, previous experience with quitting, other influential factors (e.g. addictions/medications/psychiatric problems), current interest in quitting, and any concerns (3)
Take advantage of alternative treatments such as counseling, group therapy, community smoking cessation programs- ask your family health team for information
Discuss strategies with health care staff to help manage stress, avoid weight gain, deal with setbacks (7)
Get involved in the plan to quit smoking and identify areas in which you will need help: choose a quit date, decide on a quit method, know your triggers, conquer cravings, manage withdrawal, build social supports, and control/maintain a “smoke-free” environment (7)
Friends and family can help by asking what they can do, being understanding and available, avoiding nagging, and celebrating success (7)
Those ready to quit can get support- QuitNow provides online forums and resources for caregivers/family members (7) (http://www.quitnow.ca/)
1. Brenner, H ,Gellert, C., Holleczek, B., Müller, H. & Schöttker, B. (2013). Impact of smoking and quitting on cardiovascular outcomes and risk advancement periods among older adults. European Journal of Epidemiology, 28(8), 649-658. Retrieved Feb. 2014 from: http://www.citeulike.org/user/denraymachin/article/12629715
2. Health Canada. (2002). Healthy Aging: Tobacco Use and Smoking Cessation Among Seniors.