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Why Are We Lonely and What Can We Do About It?

Why Are We Lonely and What Can We Do About It?

More than 37 million people are living in Canada, yet many Canadians have never felt more alone. The Angus Reid Institute and the Cardus think tank collaborated on a recent study that found that an astonishing 23 percent of the country experiences extreme loneliness and social isolation. That isolation correlates with many negative side effects that can have an impact on every area of a person’s life.   “Social isolation and loneliness are a symptom of our culture’s obsession with personal autonomy, leaving us living life as ‘I’ instead of ‘we,’” said Cardus...
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A Day In The Life – Living With Chronic Pain

A Day In The Life – Living With Chronic Pain

Living with a chronic condition can make day-to-day life very difficult, if not unbearable. From one person to the next, each experience is unique, varied mostly by the severity of their condition and their access to help. For those who live alone, it changes things and makes the process of living with a disability even more difficult. Algar, a client of ours, was kind enough to grant us a peek into what a day in his life looks like. 48 years old and living alone in a single room in a house in Toronto, Algar deals with chronic pain. This is what a typical day in his life...
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Heart Disease and Exercise – Taking it Easy

Heart Disease and Exercise – Taking it Easy

It is common knowledge that a healthy diet and exercise help to stave off heart problems. However, after being diagnosed with heart disease, it’s important to take things slow. Too much exercise can actually have adverse health effects and it is important to be aware of the type and intensity of fitness that is right for your body.  The Heart and Stroke Foundation offers a comprehensive outline of this important topic. The resources provided can help address the uncertainty associated with a diagnosis. The best place to start is through a cardiac rehabilitation...
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Heart Disease & Hypertension: Life After Your Disability Settlement

Heart Disease & Hypertension: Life After Your Disability Settlement

The process of fighting for a long term disability settlement can be long and emotionally draining. At Share Lawyers, we always do our best to mitigate the stress and confusion of our clients. We discuss how the process will work and keep you informed about your case every step of the way. However, feeling some anxiousness until the claim is resolved is still very normal. Often this anxiety means clients don’t think about what their life will be like once their long-term disability claim has been settled.  Receiving long-term disability for heart disease or...
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Documentary “The Widowmaker” Looks At Heart Disease Treatments

Documentary “The Widowmaker” Looks At Heart Disease Treatments

  The Widowmaker is a documentary film about the tensions between preventionist and interventionist medicine for heart disease. Almost every minute of every day someone dies from a heart attack. Many of these people are relatively healthy, have no history of heart disease, and can even have received a clean bill of health. The Widowmaker looks into how heart scans could be the key to saving lives, and how this technology has been maligned. Narrated by Gillian Anderson, the film examines how greed, egos, and wrong decisions have lead to millions of Americans...
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Lifestyle Changes After Heart Disease

Lifestyle Changes After Heart Disease

Heart disease affects people in all walks of life, with men at higher risk at age 45 and up, and women 55 and up. There can often be very few signs that someone has heart disease and people can seem outwardly healthy until they have a major heart attack. Recent advancements in medical science have made it possible to get procedures and take medications to help prevent further attacks; however, for those with heart disease it’s not just medications that ensure a long and healthy life. Take Bronwyn, for example. She was just 57 years old she suffered a major heart attack....