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Study Showing More Baby Boomers Survive Strokes but Lack Support to Thrive to Their Fullest

Posted by Brian Shevel on 10 February 2014

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB), February 10, 2014 Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region, the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is responding to the Heart and Stroke Foundation's recent annual report on the health of Canadians, which states that more and more people are surviving heart attacks and strokes, but face challenges and lack support to fully thrive.

According to the 2014 Heart and Stroke report, an increasing number of Canadians are surviving heart attacks and strokes. The report found that over the last 60 years, the death rate for strokes and heart attacks has declined by more than 75%. (Source: "2014 Report on the Health of Canadians," Heart and Stroke Foundation web site, February 2014; www.heartandstroke.com/atf/cf/%7B99452D8B-E7F1-4BD6-A57D-B136CE6C95BF%7D/HSF_HMReport2014E_web.pdf.)

"This means more than 90% of Canadians who have a heart attack and more than 80% who have a stroke and make it to the hospital will survive," says Lester Fix, executive vice president of Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region. "While these are amazing statistics, there is still a lot of work to be done."

Fix explains that while more and more people are surviving heart attacks and strokes, when it comes to physical activity, managing stress, and maintaining a healthy diet, survivors struggle to make and maintain important behavioural changes for a healthy lifestyle. The biggest challenge survivors of strokes and heart attacks face is related to motivation, as many believe the goals are unrealistic and too much change is required all at once.

Motivation and perception about health is even an issue for baby boomers. The Heart and Stroke Foundation's annual report in 2013 found that while 80% of baby boomers think their doctors would say they are healthy, nearly 85% do not eat the recommended amount of daily fruits and vegetables and more than 40% failed to reach ideal physical activity levels. On top of that, the large majority of baby boomers say they feel stressed sometimes while almost 30% say they are often or always stressed. (Source: "Reality Check: 2013 Report on the Health of Canadians," Heart and Stroke Foundation web site, February 2013; www.heartandstroke.com/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=ikIQLcMWJtE&b=3485819&ct=12941223.)

"The reality is that people often live 10 years or more beyond the time their health has deteriorated. That can mean the last decade can be spent in discomfort," Fix adds. "At the same time, 83% of Canadian baby boomers say living in their own home and paying for home care is the best option, and more than 90% want to stay in their home, or at least in their neighbourhood, and live independently as long as possible." (Source: "Canadian boomers want to stay in their homes as they age," CBC web site, October 24, 2013; www.cbc.ca/news/business/canadian-boomers-want-to-stay-in-their-homes-as-they-age-1.2224171.)

According to Fix, seniors and retiring baby boomers want to remain in familiar surroundings, in their own home, or close to family and friends when health changes occur. In these cases, a full-time caregiver can offer emotional support and assist in all daily activities, including companionship, cooking and light housekeeping, medication reminders, bathing and dressing, exercise, and running errands. Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region also provides hourly home care, which means clients can choose the most suitable times for caregiver service.

"Whether a loved one has suffered a stroke or heart attack or just needs assistance, in-home senior care provided by Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region provides older adults with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthy lives at home," Fix concludes.

Serving Toronto, North York, Markham, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan, Newmarket, Unionville, the Township of King, Aurora, Woodbridge, Keswick, and Stouffville, Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region provides older adults with high-quality, consistent care, helping them live happier, healthier lives in the comfort of their home. In an effort to fully address its mobile and homebound clients' lifestyle needs, Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region provides both hourly home care and live-in home care. On top of that, Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region is so certain its customers will be 100% satisfied with its services that it doesn't require a long-term contract. To learn more about Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region, visit the company's web site or call Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region at 1-905-597-5825.
Author: Brian Shevel
About: I was born in South Africa in a city called Bloemfontein. Went to Christian Brothers College (CBC) finished High school there. I went into business with my father we had a wholesale selling cloths and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. Was a past president of Bnai Brith and served on many other committees. In Canada worked in the computer software industry selling construction software. I was always involved helping the elderly as my mother was very involved and I went along with her. Also looked after my father as he aged. Helped as a volunteer with seniors.
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