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Internet Connections to Aging Resources

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Men Helping Men

Wendy Haaf, writer, has written a couple of articles on Men Sheds in Good Time Magazine.


(trusted, evidence-based information about optimal aging)

Looking for something specific, then this Aging Portal has a wealth of information:

Supportive homes and communities

Health Care & Service Delivery

Autonomy and Independence

Cognitive Health & Dementia

Mobility & Transportation

Healthy Lifestyles & Wellness

Staying Connected

Financial Wellness & Employment

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Publications and Reports of the National Seniors Council


Information on:

  • Financial crimes and harms

  • Social Isolation

  • Labour force participation

  • Intergenerational relations

  • Volunteering and active aging

  • Low income among seniors

  • Elder abuse

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Mental Health of Older Adults General Portal


Specific Factsheet Topics


Dementia is a syndrome, usually of a chronic or progressive nature, in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities. It mainly affects older people, although it is not a normal part of ageing.



Depression can cause great suffering and leads to impaired functioning in daily life. Unipolar depression occurs in 7% of the general older population and it accounts for 5. 7% of YLDs among those over 60 years old. Depression is both underdiagnosed and undertreated in primary care settings. Symptoms are often overlooked and untreated because they co-occur with other problems encountered by older adults.

Older people with depressive symptoms have poorer functioning compared to those with chronic medical conditions such as lung disease, hypertension or diabetes. Depression also increases the perception of poor health, the utilization of health care services and costs.



Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder characterized by distortions in thinking, perception, emotions, language, sense of self and behaviour. Common experiences include hallucinations (hearing voices or seeing things that are not there) and delusions (fixed, false beliefs). Schizophrenia is treatable. Treatment with medicines and psychosocial support is effective.

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Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.

In most people with the disease, those with:

  • Late-onset type-the symptoms first appear in their mid-60s.

  • Early-onset Alzheimer’s occurs between a person's 30s and mid-60s and is very rare.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults

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495 Richmond Road, Suite 600, Ottawa, ON K2A 4H6   

613-241- 7860


Drug Use among Seniors,

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Incontinence in Men

  • Male Incontinence

  • Types of Incontinence in Men

  • Managing Prostate Health

  • Incontinence after Prostate Surgery

  • Overactive Bladder in Men

  • Incontinence Pads vs. Guards for Men

  • Incontinence Products for Men

  • Kegel Exercises for Men

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. IBS is a chronic condition that you'll need to manage long term.

Only a small number of people with IBS have severe signs and symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. More-severe symptoms can be treated with medication and counseling.

IBS doesn't cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.


This site answers the following questions:

  • Symptoms

  • When to see a doctor

  • Causes

  • Triggers


16 Common Conditions Affecting the Elderly

  • ALS Disease in Older Adults

  • Cerebral Palsy in Older Adults

  • Diabetes in Older Adults

  • Dysphagia in the Elderly

  • Heart Disease in the Elderly

  • Higher Cholesterol in the Elderly

  • Dehydration in the Elderly

  • Flu Complications in the Elderly

  • High Blood Pressure in Seniors

  • Hip Replacements for Seniors

  • Parkinson's Disease in the Elderly

  • Pneumonia Risks for Seniors

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis in Old Age

  • Sleep Deprivation in the Elderly

  • Strokes in Older Adults

  • UTIs in Older Adults


  • Treatment Options for Older Adults with Chronic Conditions

  • Pain Management in Seniors

  • Physical Therapy for Seniors

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Pleural mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma of approximately 20-50 years, about 80% of those who are diagnosed with this terrible disease are seniors. Our organization works 1-on-1 with these individuals to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups, all for absolutely no cost to the patient.


The Council on Aging of Ottawa is a bilingual, volunteer-based charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of seniors living in Ottawa. We strive to promote and champion the basic tenets of an inclusive, caring city and the importance of community-wide engagement with a special focus on the vulnerable and isolated. Seniors’ concerns and issues are identified and solutions are sought through forums, research projects and partnership networks.


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Get connected to mental health and substance use support, resources, and counselling with a mental health professional.

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