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...

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...

Unlimited Attitude: Senator Chantal Petitclerc

Senator Chantal Petitclerc
Wisdom from an Inspiring Canadian Senator Chantal Petitclerc encapsulates what it means to live a life unlimited. At age 13, she lost the use of both her legs following an accident when a heavy barn door fell, fracturing her spine at the L1–T12 vertebrae. “Early in life I had to learn how to take a challenge and turn it into an...

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...

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...

Financial Health Opens the Door to Healthy Aging

Boomers are a generation of rule breakers, but there’s one front where Canadian Boomers toe the line: financial health. Yes, Boomers have a well-earned reputation for consumer spending, but Canadians are by nature a little cautious: We’re not thought of as big risk takers and high fliers. This prudent approach to life, combined with an investment industry that tends to...

The Great Debate: Pharmacy and the Well-Informed Patient

Professor Zubin Austin and Samier Kamar
Professor Zubin Austin and pharmacy student Samier Kamar tackle the realities of engaging (and disengaging) the new healthcare consumer. How do you deal with the well-informed patient: one that is smart, well-researched and comes to you with his or her own opinions and questions? Samier Kamar, 4th year PharmD student Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto The well-informed patient is an asset to healthcare. It’s...

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...

The Secret To Resilience: When Life Gets Rough, Live It 10 Minutes At A Time

Hey everybody! I’m Rob. I’m a fully formed human who has recently come to the conclusion that, in spite of my best efforts, I am, in fact, aging. You might be aware of this odd phenomenon as well. I’ve got to say that it came as a complete and utter surprise to me. I am aware that all humans (and...