Much Too Young Documentary Explores The Untold Story of Young Caregivers And Alzheimer’s

Much Too Young: The Untold Story of Young Caregivers & Alzheimer's
"I didn’t think I’d be changing my mom’s diapers, brushing her teeth and helping her sponge bath in my 20s,” Kathryn Fudurich says. The 29-year-old is talking about her 63-year-old mother’s decline following a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s almost a decade ago. “My values and priorities were just immediately changed. I feel like I have all the wisdom that...

Since You Asked: By the Numbers

Dr. Elaine Chin
Staying Healthy is Up to Doctor You The question: Why is it important to know my lab numbers and how can I use them to benefit my overall health? Dr. Chin: Information is power. If you’re looking for a picture of your true total health and what the future may hold, it’s all in your numbers. What numbers? Your health numbers revealed by...

Crisis Averted: Healthcare Navigators Steer Caregivers In The Right Direction

While not all of us will face a life-changing healthcare crisis – a frightening diagnosis, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer’s; an elderly parent or partner who needs immediate placement in long-term care; or a loved one with a serious illness – it’s important to understand how your life will change and what you can do. I have seen it...

Cars Have Sensors, So Why Can’t Wheelchairs?

Braze Mobility gives wheelchair users a new “sense” of independence “A lifesaver.” That’s what powered wheelchair user Herman Witlox calls Braze Mobility’s obstacle-detection system, a new-to-market technology that transforms a regular wheelchair into a “smart” wheelchair. Witlox helped beta-test the Canadian innovation, which is poised to open up the world to people with limited mobility by helping avoid collisions when, for...

Resilience, Recovery and Reaping the Rewards

I live with a chronic illness, rheumatoid arthritis, but I am not a patient. I am a healthcare consumer. And so are you. “Patient” is derived from a Latin word meaning to suffer. While this meaning applies at times, being defined as such isn’t the way I approach life – and I know others who feel the same. There’s...

Move It or Lose It: The Indisputable Link Between Mobility and Successful Aging

Move it or lose it
Ten years into retirement, Patricia Skidmore is still in awe of her ability to make change and lead an active life. Her outlook wasn’t always so hopeful. In her 50s, Skidmore, professor emeritus, Brescia College at the University of Western Ontario, was riddled with pain and resigned to hip replacement or back surgery. “I thought I was headed for a...

Smart Clothes: The Next Frontier In Healthcare

“Wearables” entered the popular lexicon only in the last decade with the proliferation of bracelet-style fitness trackers such as Fitbit, followed a little later by smartwatches from big mobile brands, including Apple and Samsung. But another generation of smart wearable technology – smart clothes – is already here and brings with it enormous potential for healthcare consumers and their caregivers. The...

The Essential Guide To Eating Your Way To Healthy Aging

It’s easy for a 20 year old to get away with nutrition abuses – a sugar-laden cinnamon bun for breakfast and greasy slices of pizza for dinner. Later on in life, the body is less forgiving of such indulgences. It’s a reminder that as we get older and wiser, how we eat and what we eat needs to evolve...

Understanding Blood Pressure By the Numbers: What Do Yours Mean?

Each May, health professionals hold blood pressure screening events across Canada to mark Hypertension Month. “The main thrust of the campaign is to make sure people are testing their blood pressure regularly,” says Angelique Berg, CEO, Hypertension Canada. Being proactive is important. Hypertension is the leading cause of death and disability. But the good news? It is preventable. Time to cuff...

6 Essential Apps to Support Caregivers

The number of Canadians providing informal care to a family member or friend is staggering. There are more than eight million people fulfilling that role, according to the Canadian Caregiver Coalition. As our country's population ages, caregivers are turning to their smartphones to keep track of medication, doctors’ appointments, or simply asking for a hand with a home-cooked meal. Looking...