Health

Staying healthy

There are a number of resources available to you to monitor and maintain both your physical and mental health – and others to provide support if you need it.

Assistive devices

Assistive Devices program: this program from the Ontario government can provide help to pay for assistive device equipment and supplies

Go for it! A guide to choosing and using assistive devices: Health Canada guide covering issues seniors, veterans, individuals with a disability and their caregivers need to consider before starting the process of obtaining assistive devices

Home oxygen: if you qualify for Ontario's Assistive Devices program, you may also get help paying for home oxygen therapy

Tetra Society of North America: innovative solutions for people with physical disabilities to overcome environmental barriers, providing greater independence, quality of life, and inclusion.

General information

Aging with confidence: Ontario's action plan for seniors: Ontario government's plan to support seniors at all stages of life, so that they can remain independent, healthy and active, safe and socially connected

Canada's health care system: Health Canada overview of Canada's health care system (Medicare)

Demand a Plan: Canadian Medical Association initiative to develop a new health care strategy for seniors in Canada

Get coverage for prescription drugs: you may qualify for prescription drug coverage under Ontario's Drug Benefit program

Introduction to older adults and substance abuse: age-specific approaches to managing substance abuse from the National Initiative for Care of the Elderly

Ontario Partnership on Aging and Developmental Disabilities: this group is focused on ensuring that older adults with developmental disabilities enjoy the same service and support as every senior in Ontario

Mental health

Brain Health Assessment by Cogniciti: a free, private assessment tool clinically researched by Baycrest Health Sciences to help you determine if you should seek medical help regarding your memory

Oral and dental health

Dental Health for Seniors: the Canadian Dental Association has produced a comprehensive guide to maintaining good oral health as a senior

Physical health

Canada Pension Plan disability benefits: you and your dependent children may be entitled to disability benefits through the CPP based on your contributions if you're disabled and cannot work at any job on a regular basis

Food safety for adults age 60 and older: Health Canada guidelines on how to avoid food poisoning

Guide to living a healthy lifestyle for seniors: an article by Active Life Choices for Older Adults (ALCOA) on how to incorporate healthy habits into your life as you age

Strength training for older adults: article on building strength and endurance by the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute

Tetra Society of North America: innovative solutions for people with physical disabilities to overcome environmental barriers, providing greater independence, quality of life, and inclusion

The necessity of exercise for older people: one of a series of articles published by Active Life Choices for Older Adults (ALCOA)

Support services

Alzheimer Society Canada: support for those living with dementia and those who care for them

Canadian Association for Long Term Care: CALTC is a national organization of provincial associations and long term care providers that deliver publicly-funded health care services for seniors across Canada

Canadian Home Care Association: CHCA is dedicated to ensuring the availability of accessible, responsive home care and community supports to enable people to safely stay in their homes

Canadian Red Cross: home care services: personal support and homemaking services for seniors and those recovering from illness or injury

VON Canada: provides innovative clinical, personal and social support to people in their own homes and communities

Vision care

Cataracts: details regarding cataracts – what they are, how they form, diagnosis and treatment from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

Eye health: information on keeping your eyes healthy from CNIB

Seniors and Aging - Vision care: details from Health Canada on how to preserve your vision as you age