At-Home Testing To Diagnose Dementia In Early Stages Is On The Horizon

With dementia rates rising sharply in Canada and around the world, it’s not surprising that researchers have been focusing on ways to spot the condition earlier. Globally, someone is diagnosed with dementia every three seconds and there are 10 million new cases each year – truly alarming statistics. At-home tests have become increasingly popular. One of the latest to be...

Smooth Moves: Half Of Canadians Don’t Get Enough Fibre And Half Do. Which Side Are You On?

Here's a fun fact: The adult digestive system can be up to 30 feet (9.1 metres) – about the same length as five refrigerators stacked up on top of one another. Every inch of it is important for breaking down our food and absorbing it to provide nutrition and energy.1 Eventually any undigested food passes through the body and is...

It’s Never Too Late To Butt Out: Better Health Is Within Reach For Smokers Who Quit

Toby Turner, an office manager from St. Boniface, MB, is looking forward to Thanksgiving 2018. “The Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend 10 years ago – that’s when I was able to butt out for the last time. I remember my last cigarette. I leaned against the hood of my daughter’s car in the driveway, enjoying one last puff while the...

Go Strong: Savvy Exercise and Nutrition Strategies For Fighting Loss Of Muscle Mass

As we grow older, our bodies change and that's true of how we build and sustain muscle mass and strength. We sure had it easy in our twenties. At the peak of our physical prowess, our bodies could burn calories sitting still and they kept building bones until the age of 25. But once we hit our thirties, that’s when...

AGE-WELL, Canada’s Technology and Aging Network, Makes Plans For a Bold Future

What does renewal look like? If you ask any of the participants who attended the recent AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence: Creating the Future 2020-2025 consultation session at the University of Toronto in June 2018, their answer would perhaps resemble this: Renewal is a room of 100 or so engaged, passionate stakeholders from all walks of life, who...

Everything Under The Sun: Your Guide To Savvy Sunscreen Strategies For Healthier Skin

The most powerful skin-health boosting product you can own and wear is sunscreen. Yet many people are reluctant about applying it, citing fears over the chemicals it contains, a dislike of how it feels on the skin, or just forgetting to apply it. Some people also believe that they need to skip sunscreen to allow for vitamin D from the...

Breathe Easy: Late-Onset Asthma Need Not Disrupt Your Life

Chris Haromy has lived with asthma since childhood. He is also a registered respiratory therapist and certified respiratory educator with The Lung Association – Ontario. “I’ve learned to stay on top of my asthma, constantly monitoring my health, taking all of my medication as prescribed, and living a healthy lifestyle.” When he’s not in the office, he is often...

Hope Or Hype? Do ‘Functional Foods’ Have More Health Benefits?

Most of us can probably share colourful stories about how food has personally and uniquely impacted our lives. While food choices have deep-rooted influences including cultural and social factors, the notion that food provides nourishment for the body is difficult to argue. The message that foods can promote well-being through disease prevention and therapeutic health benefits seems everywhere in...

‘B’ Aware: Deficiencies Of These Important Vitamins Lead To Poor Long-Term Health

Add this new study from Ireland to a growing pile of evidence that confirms that older adults are not getting enough vitamin B12 and folate (also known as vitamin B9). These important nutrients are essential to brain health, nerve function, and the production of red blood cells and DNA synthesis. Folate is essential for health blood vessels and heart....

Yes, You Can Enjoy A Robust Sex Life Despite Erectile Dysfunction

Michael Russer, now 66, developed erectile dysfunction after surgery for prostate cancer in 2011. “I never really experienced depression, which is a state in which far too many men find themselves stuck,” says the Santa Barbara, CA-based CEO of Russer Communication and cofounder of CancerIntimacyHelp.com. While depression can cause erectile dysfunction, it’s often the result of it, too. Many men...