Despite recent advances in molecular biology and genetics, the mysteries that control human lifespan are yet to be unraveled. Many theories, which fall into two main categories: programmed and error theories, have been proposed to explain the process of aging, but neither of them appears to be fully satisfactory. These theories may interact with each other in a complex way. By understanding and testing the existing and new aging theories, it may be possible to promote successful aging.
The Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario are holding their annual refresher day conference. This workshop is intended for health care professionals working with seniors who seek to improve the quality of life for their patients. It has been designed to be interactive, covering challenging areas in the clinical management of geriatric patients.
There appears to be a lack of data and research on the role of race or visible minority status on health in Canada. Consequently, researchers and policy makers cannot easily answer questions about visible minorities and health, such as: Are visible minority Canadians healthier or less healthy than their white counterparts? Do risk factors for health conditions differ for visible minority and white Canadians? And, how do different visible minority groups compare with one another on health outcomes and measures?
Family physicians might find addressing the following areas helpful when considering a preventive health intervention: age, life expectancy (including concept of frailty), comorbidities and functional status, risks and benefits of screening or treatment, and values and preferences of the patient.
Risk is a ubiquitous part of health care. Understanding how people respond to risks is important for predicting how populations make health decisions. the research objective was to seek preliminary descriptive insights into the attitude to health risk in the Canadian population and factors associated with heterogeneity in risk attitude.
Many medications pose greater health risks when prescribed for older adults, compared with available pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic alternatives. The researhers sought to quantify the frequency and cost of potentially inappropriate prescribing for older women and men in Canada.
Widespread use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to screen for prostate cancer began in the early 1990s. Advocates for screening assert that this has caused a decrease in prostate cancer mortality. The researchers sought to describe secular changes in prostate cancer incidence and mortality in Canada in relation to the onset of PSA screening.
Women may also particularly benefit from seeking health information from the Internet, because they are more likely than men to be living with chronic disease. Gender differences in Internet use18 include women utilizing social networking sites more often than men, and women having higher quality perceptions of eHealth searching and information dissemination compared with men. We maintain that women are not only more likely to conduct e-health information searches than their male counterparts but also more interested in health-related issues overall.
The objective of this study was to analyse how hospitalisation after the age of 60 affected individuals' health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The main hypothesis was that a hospital admission in old age can be seen as a proxy of ill health and possibly as a health divider, separating life into a healthy and an unhealthy part. The extent to which this is true depends on which disease individuals face and how functional ability and HRQoL are affected.