Vancouver named world’s most livable city

Vancouver has once again retained its crown as the most “livable” city in the world for the fifth consecutive year, according to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The scores are based on 30 different factors across five categories: Stability, healthcare and health insurance, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Vancouver scored a 98 out of 100, equaling its score from the previous year. The only categories where the city lost any points were stability and infrastructure. Toronto and Calgary also finished in the top five, scoring 97.2 and 96.6, respectively.

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Most Canadians not prepared to care for loved ones

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With people living longer than ever, a recent survey finds that as Canadians’ older relatives continue to age, many feel that they would be “overwhelmed” if they had to care for them, and say that the current health insurance system doesn’t give enough support.

The poll, conducted by Leger Marketing for We Care Home Health Services, found that 64 percent of people said they wouldn’t be able to handle taking care of an elder. In addition, 62 percent said that the public health insurance system doesn’t give enough homecare support to those in need.

“With the rapid growth of our aging population, more and more Canadians will find themselves suddenly having to care for a loved one and that’s going to have a profound impact on the caregivers’ time, emotions, finances and energy,” said Sue Kelly, director of Health and Wellness for We Care Home Health Services.

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Retirement linked to poorer health

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Despite the belief that retirement may be good for one’s health, a new report from Statistics Canada has found that Canadians who had completely retired from the workforce were actually in poorer health than those who hadn’t.

According to data from the 2009 Canadian Community Health Survey, 24 percent of people over the age of 55 who were fully retired said they were either in poor or fair health, showing the importance of quality health insurance. However, at the same time, the same was reported by just 11 percent of partially retired people and 5 percent of people who had gone back to work after retirement.

However, the study also said that retirement didn’t cause the poorer levels of health, since 25 percent of retirees said their health was part of their decision to leave the workforce in the first place.

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Energy efficient steps can also increase health

While it's no surprise that upgrading a home's energy can save on its utility bills, PostMedia News reports that those steps can also improve the healthy environment in the home, which can lower Canadian health insurance costs as well.

By making sure windows are sealed tight, residents can make sure that no warm air can escape the home, which can reduce heating bills. It also keeps out the cold weather, which can make many people feel under the weather, and keep any airborne contaminants or smoke outside, helping those with allergies.
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