Technology For the Ages: ‘We ain’t seen nothing yet’

Dr. Alex Mihailidis
When I think about the technologies revolutionizing our world, it’s amazing to see how they keep evolving. We’ve come a long, long way from dial-up internet and flip phones (though I suspect more than a few of us would confess a nostalgia for Pong, the first video game), and you’d be right to think that “we ain’t seen nothing...

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...

Shelfies: 3 Products In-Store And Ready To Improve Your Life Today

Copper88: Don’t Sweat it The unique element is in the fibres of the fabric itself. Rather than simply coating the yarn, Copper88 compression garments feature copper embedded in the fibres, so it doesn’t wash out. Why copper? Because it’s antimicrobial and also wicks away moisture, it kills bacteria and dries faster, so it’s also anti-odour. All of that means it...

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...

Technology Analyzes Speech to Detect Alzheimer’s

WinterLight Labs
Although a cure for dementia is many years away, exciting Canadian research has the potential to transform dementia care. YouAreUNLTD caught up with WinterLight Labs president Frank Rudzicz and CEO Liam Kaufman to talk about their groundbreaking tablet-based speech analyzer, which can detect Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages. The technology works by extracting variables from recorded speech snippets...

Optimal Aging Means Good Brain Health, Especially For Women

Optimal Aging Means Good Brain Health
Healthy aging is a lifelong process. We want to optimize opportunities for improving and preserving all aspects of health: physical, social and mental wellness and independence. We all want to live a long life, but also, a life that is meaningful, with quality to our days, not merely quantity. How can we promote quality of life and enhance successful life-course...

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...

Activist Ashton Applewhite Crushes 10 Myths About Aging

Sassy. Smart. No-nonsense. Empowering. Bold. Smart (we said that already?). That string of adjectives describes Ashton Applewhite, the U.S.-born writer-activist who originated This Chair Rocks, the hugely popular anti-ageism project, and wrote the bestseller, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She regularly engages, shocks, informs and delights on her blog, “Yo, Is This Ageist?”  “How ageism warps our view...

Dr. Marla Shapiro Encourages Women To Break Their Silence About Vaginal Dryness

Most women practise a ritualistic skincare regime that involves moisturizing everything from the delicate skin around the eyes to the cracks on the soles of the feet. But what about vaginas? Don’t they deserve a little TLC, too? Now before you roll your eyes and say, “Not another thing to add to my to-do list!” please note this isn’t about...