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GUELPH, Ontario - April 9, 2014 - University of Guelph News Release - More than 13.3 million volunteers across Canada will be celebrated for their contributions during Canada’s 70th Annual National Volunteer Week, April 6-13. And University of Guelph psychology professor Benjamin Gottlieb says those volunteers have even more to celebrate, as studies show their voluntary activity improves their health.
In 2010, Canadian seniors collectively volunteered for more than 372 million hours, according to Statistics Canada.
Gottlieb has studied the health benefits of volunteering among seniors.
“Retirees who give of their time to others experience better health than those who don’t,” he said.
“Some of the health benefits include better cardiovascular function, less arthritis pain, lower stress, anxiety and depression, and overall increased self-esteem and sense of value.”
A 2008 study in a long-term care setting revealed that residents who volunteered experienced slower health deterioration than non-volunteers. A study in 2009 showed that having a strong sense of life purpose is associated with lower mortality rates; volunteer work was listed as one way seniors can find this sense of purpose.
“Today’s seniors lead very full lives, and they want to give back so their skills and expertise can benefit their communities,” said Erin Spink, past president of the Ontario branch of the Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources.
“The many health benefits associated with volunteering enhance the meaningful and rewarding life experience volunteering provides.”
A 2011 study found that older people who dedicated modest amounts of time to volunteer activities had lower risk of hypertension than non-volunteers.
Gottlieb said events such as National Volunteer Week help people learn about opportunities in their communities.
“It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and think that it is too challenging to find time to volunteer,” he said.
“But there are many opportunities close to home where people can contribute, even by just giving a couple hours of their time each week. Many of them say that they hear about volunteer opportunities through family, friends, volunteer centres and online at volunteer.ca.
“The upside of taking time to volunteer includes health benefits and a sense of satisfaction from contributing to the community’s well-being.”
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
OTTAWA, Ontario April 7, 2014 /Canada NewsWire/ - The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) released the Diabetes Charter for Canada (Charter) across the country, today, on World Health Day. The Charter aims to empower Canadians with diabetes and their caregivers, while also providing governments with a standard of care to ensure there is comparable support for people living with diabetes across the country.
"The need for the Diabetes Charter for Canada has never been more clear. Diabetes is a public health issue of epidemic proportion—more than nine million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes. They should have the opportunity to access the care and support they need to live the healthiest lives possible," says Canadian Diabetes Association President and CEO J. Richard Blickstead.
"Across Canada, people living with diabetes frequently experience stigma, a lack of public awareness, and misunderstanding about the disease. This is particularly important for those populations with a high prevalence of diabetes or who have special challenges related to diabetes management. These include specific ethnocultural populations and especially Aboriginal peoples, people with low incomes, the elderly, and young people," states Blickstead.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to be working with the Canadian Diabetes Association and promotes collaboration across all sectors to address the risk factors that lead to diabetes, by promoting things like healthy eating, and physical activity," says the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health.
"The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is pleased to support the Diabetes Charter for Canada and we look forward to working with the Canadian Diabetes Association to help ensure all Canadians living with diabetes have timely and equitable access to high-quality care and supports. The number of seniors living in Canada is rising rapidly, as is the number of seniors living with diabetes so it is critical that all governments come together to devise a seniors care strategy, one that helps ensure good care for Canadians living with chronic conditions such as diabetes," says Dr. Chris Simpson, President-Elect of the Canadian Medical Association.
The Diabetes Charter for Canada is the shared voice of the diabetes community including people with diabetes, their caregivers and health-care providers. It presents a common vision through a set of principles that confirm the commitments of the diabetes community concerning diabetes prevention and management, support and care.
The guiding principles of the Canadian Diabetes Association in developing the Charter are to: ensure that people who live with diabetes are treated with dignity and respect; advocate for equitable access to high-quality diabetes care and supports; and enhance the health and quality of life for people who live with diabetes and their caregivers.
"The Diabetes Charter for Canada will serve as a catalyst for positive change over time, and help all Canadians living with diabetes reach their full health potential," adds Blickstead.
Canadians from coast to coast are invited to participate in this important nationwide initiative by signing the Diabetes Charter for Canada online at www.MyDiabetesCharter.ca.
About the Diabetes Charter for Canada
The Canadian Diabetes Association developed the Charter through extensive research and consultation, which consisted of: a literature review of health and patient charters developed in Canada and internationally; a panel of subject matter experts including Canadians with diabetes and health professionals to identify key issues affecting people with diabetes; four consultative workshops attended by more than 80 Canadians within the diabetes community; and a survey verifying the rights and responsibilities proposed in the workshops.
An advisory committee of health-care providers and diabetes advocates were consulted regularly and overall, more than 200 people across Canada have been involved in developing the Charter.
About the Canadian Diabetes Association
The Canadian Diabetes Association is a registered charitable organization, leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. Our professional staff and more than 20,000 volunteers provide education and services to help people in their daily fight against the disease, advocate on behalf of people with diabetes for the opportunity to achieve their highest quality of life, and break ground towards a cure. Please visit diabetes.ca, join us on www.facebook.com/CanadianDiabetesAssociation follow us on Twitter @DiabetesAssoc, or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).
Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1835511#ixzz2yJN2AtgF
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GUELPH, Ontario April 1, 2014 - University of Guelph News Release - To improve recovery for heart attack patients, hospitals should maintain normal day and night cycles for those patients during the first few days after the attack, say University of Guelph researchers.
Their new study shows for the first time that interrupting diurnal rhythms impairs healing immediately after a heart attack, said Prof. Tami Martino of the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
Researchers already knew that circadian rhythms, or day-night cycles, can affect timing of a heart attack. This is the first study to show the importance of circadian rhythms during the few days after an attack.
The study led by U of G scientists appears this week online in Circulation Research journal.
“We have devised a simple way to better practise medicine to improve the outcome from heart attacks by considering normal circadian rhythms,” she said.
She and PhD student Faisal Alibhai conducted the study with clinician collaborators, who are already looking at ways to use the results to change practices in intensive care units (ICU). “It has an immediate life application,” said Martino.
Hospital ICUs are busy places at night, with noise, light, nursing and medical procedures, and other interruptions that disturb acutely ill patients.
The team induced heart attacks in mice, and then compared rodents held under normal light and dark cycles with others whose diurnal cycles were disrupted for five days after the attacks.
Early heart repair and remodeling were impaired in the disrupted mice. Diurnal disruptions interfered with their normal inflammatory and immune responses crucial for scar formation and healing.
“These mice were likely to go more quickly to heart failure,” said Martino. “Disrupting circadian rhythms for the first few days after a heart attack worsens the disease outcome.”
The first five days after a heart attack are crucial for proper scar formation, removal of dead tissue, proliferation of new cells and growth of blood vessels in the heart.
About 500,000 Canadians are living with heart failure, in which the heart is damaged or weakened by heart attack or other medical conditions.
A former volunteer at Guelph General Hospital, Alibhai said, “I never really considered how important sleep and circadian rhythms are for heart health.”
This research was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and involved Dr. Michael Sole from the Peter Munk Cardiovascular Centre in Toronto and collaborators in the Guelph Cardiovascular Research Group.