According to the most recent information from Statistics Canada, women are living 4 years longer on average than men. Researchers have found reasons why women may live longer than men. While genetics may play a small role in women’s longevity, lifestyle has a lot to do with it.
Oh How Things Have Changed!
An American study published in 1976 listed several reasons why men had a 60 percent higher mortality rate than women. Men were more likely to die from heart disease, emphysema, and lung cancer because they were smoking more than women. They also had higher death rates of accidents, suicide, and cirrhosis of the liver, which the researchers attributed to men engaging in behaviours that were encouraged or accepted more in men than women in society, such as being adventurous, acting unafraid, drinking alcohol, and using guns.
Well, times have changed. But while women may be more “adventurous” or “unafraid” than they were 40+ years ago, they are still outliving men in Canada and most of the world. Why? Because women take better care of themselves:
- They eat better
- They get more exercise
- They socialize more
- They see the doctor more often
- They’re more sensitive to bodily discomforts
- They’re more willing to report health issues
All of these are preventative behaviours that result in better physical and emotional health.
How Home Health Care Services Can Help You Live Healthier and Longer
Regardless of your sex, enlisting home care services can help you enjoy a healthier lifestyle in every way. Our senior care givers can ensure that you eat nutritious and delicious meals with meal planning and preparation. They’re also able to accompany you to doctor’s appointments and even social engagements. Our friendly senior care givers are also available for joyful companionship, which means having someone to socialize with even when you’re far away from family and friends or unable to get out much due to illness. Never underestimate the benefits of social engagement when it comes to your health!
All of those preventative behaviours that are helping women live longer than men are things that a qualified home care professional can help you with—and all in the comfort of your home.
David Porter, CPCA
Living Assistance Services – Senior Home Care