Predicting Dementia Earlier – in a Manner of Speaking

What speech patterns can reveal about brain health If dementia could be diagnosed earlier in patients, or even predict who might develop the disease later in life, it would mean nothing short of a revolution in dementia care. If caught early enough, steps could be taken that might prevent or delay its onset. With one in 10 Canadians at risk...

Battle of Wits: Preventing Dementia

How to Detect, Delay and Even Prevent Cognitive Decline With dementia affecting more than half a million Canadians, many of us have seen its impact firsthand in a parent, a relative or a friend. I definitely have – and wrote recently about my experience in this article. Thus, when I say it’s perfectly natural to feel bleak when someone in...

You’ve Got Pill: Medication Management Goes Digital

“Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.” This well-known quote from C. Everett Coop, former US Surgeon General, reflects a simple, yet empowering message. Considering that 30 percent of Canadians between 65 to 74 years of age are taking at least five prescription medications, but only half of them take their medication in the way that it was prescribed, makes you...

Get Gaming! Why You Should Play Video Games at Every Age

“Stop playing those games, you’ll rot your brain!” said every game-fatigued parent ever. So, imagine your surprise when the doctor prescribes a daily round of Solitaire or a shooter game to keep your memory and reflexes sharp. It might sound bizarre at first, but the latest research hints that video games could be a solution to prevent or slow cognitive...