Words Matter: Language And Symbols Have The Power To Shape Culture And Instigate Change

Labels can be useful. Without them we wouldn’t know what’s in file folders or cans, whether food contains ingredients we’re allergic to, or whether we should launder or dry-clean our clothes. But words, images, signs and symbols that describe and categorize people – that separate one group from another – are also labels. They can be positive, but usually they’re...

“Sophisticated Consumers” Shape Kobo Technology: CEO Michael Tamblyn

It’s widely assumed that young people and Millennials are the early adopters of new technology. But the conventional wisdom that they make or break new consumer tech doesn’t always hold. Sure, older adults may be sceptical about shiny new tech toys, but they’re keen to embrace innovation that fits into their lives and brings benefit to something they already...

Mature Student Olive Bryanton Continues Her Passion For Learning With Another Doctorate

Firsts are second nature to Olive Bryanton.  As a part-time employee with the PEI Senior Citizens’ Federation, Bryanton led the team that established the first drop-in centre for older residents on the island. It’s still going strong today.  Working with a psychology professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, Bryanton helped obtain funding for the province’s first seniors’ college. Now...

Technology’s Stand On Fall Prevention

When it comes to falls, especially those that irreparably sideline people’s lives, Canadians needn’t take it lying down. Innovators across Canada are developing wearable sensors, technological devices that incorporate artificial intelligence, and re-engineered footwear to disrupt the crisis of falling.   When Dr. Alex Mihailidis spoke at the Falls Prevention Conference in June 2018 in St. John’s, NL, his audience didn’t hear...

Baubles with Brains: Smart Jewellery Unites Fashion and Function

As I sit at my desk, my fitness tracker buzzes every now and then to remind me to get up and move – after all, sitting is the new smoking, and long periods of inactivity are detrimental to health. While I appreciate the reminder, sometimes I can’t help staring at my trusty cheerleader and wishing it were a bit...

Shoppers Drug Mart Shakes Up Medical Cannabis Market

Canada’s more than 300,000 medical cannabis patients could soon have a new ally when filling their prescriptions. In September, Health Canada approved Shoppers Drug Mart’s application to become a licensed producer (LP) of medical cannabis under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). The approval paves the way for Canada’s largest drugstore chain to fill medical cannabis prescriptions...

Unlimited Attitude: Mystery Writer Louise Penny On Reinvention And Being a Caregiver

“There is a crack in everything,” Louise Penny likes to quote in her bestselling mystery novels. “That’s how the light gets in.” That interplay of dark and light – and how one can’t exist without the other – is the theme for her books, and her life. Penny is one of Canada’s most successful novelists in any genre, the winner...

Boomers “Reroute” To Bypass Healthcare Obstacles

It was a Wednesday in early summer 2017 when Tricia Ryan’s life changed forever.  The day before, the Toronto woman, who works as the director of food and beverage research at the Food Innovation & Research Studio at George Brown College, had visited her family doctor complaining of abdominal discomfort.  Ryan’s doctor sent her for an ultrasound, which revealed a mass...

AGE-WELL 2018: Fostering Real-World Solutions To Support Healthy Aging

The fourth annual AGE-WELL conference in Vancouver made headlines around the globe. Canadian researchers came together with industry, non-profit and government sectors, and older adults and caregivers, united by a passion to change the future of aging through innovative technologies, services, policies and practices. For full coverage including the keynote address from Telus Health's Dr. Brendan Byrne, visit youareunltd.com....

Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Big Strides In Parkinson’s Research: “We’re Much Closer To Finding A Cure”

As the spotlight-seeking keener he portrayed as Alex P. Keaton on the 1980s sitcom Family Ties, Michael J. Fox seared his boyish good looks and infectious energy into the minds and hearts of millions. Today, the 57-year-old is parlaying his enduring popularity into an even greater role – mobilizing patients and researchers to bring an end to Parkinson’s disease,...