Since You Asked… What Can I Do To Boost My Brain Health? Your Grey Matter Matters!

Optimal Aging Means Good Brain Health
Brain health and healthy aging go hand in hand. We all want to live a long life, but with quality to our days, not merely quantity. This means taking action now to protect our brains so that as we age, we sustain the ability to remember, learn, engage, maintain a clear mind and enjoy life. Here’s how:  Exercise As...

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,...

Living With Pain Hits Hard Emotionally, Physically And Financially

The statistics on pain and its impact are alarming. The Canadian economy takes a substantial hit because of it – more than $7-billion annually – according to the Global Pain Index. The study conducted by GSK found that Canadians are also missing work and family time due to pain. Its impact is multi-faceted and destructive physically, emotionally and financially. The research...

Older Torontonians Feel Connected And Engaged With Their City, According To NIA Study

The National Institute on Ageing is excited to announce the launch of the ground-breaking new report, Toronto Social Capital Study. Conducted by the Environics Institute for the Toronto Foundation’s annual Vital Signs program, it is a first of its kind research on levels of social participation, trust, and engagement in Toronto. The Toronto Foundation’s Vital Signs reports have challenged the idea...

Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research Funds Canadian-US Brain Project

During its 18-year history, the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) has funded some 130 research projects at Canadian institutions focused on Parkinson’s research – totalling more than $30 million. Among the current projects being supported by the MJFF, is one led by Dr. Neil Vasdev, director, Azrieli Centre for Neuro-Radiochemistry and associate director and chief radiochemist at the Centre for...

Why Being A Good Canadian Means Getting A Flu Shot

Welcome to the 2018/19 flu season. It arrives each year with a bit of fanfare. Signs that say “Get your flu shot now!” are scattered across hospitals and pharmacies across Canada and a slew of news reports look ahead at what to expect. About 10 to 20 percent of the population will get the flu, sidelining them from daily activities...

Why Your Doctor’s Advice Might Change Between Visits

Often in medicine, when physicians give advice, it is clear cut, precise and meant for a particular patient or group of patients. However, the message can be misunderstood or misused. Patients may have concerns when that advice may be different than it was from previous visits or not what they expected it to be. Are doctors changing their minds...

Nova Scotia Pilot Project Helps Older Canadians Live Independently With Google Home Device

As winter 2017 was approaching, John Hamblin decided to head south to Arizona. The Halifax entrepreneur expected to breathe a little easier in the dry, desert heat and spend well-earned down time relaxing in the blazing sun. Instead, he found himself actively reaching out to technology companies with an idea for reducing social isolation and making life a little...

6 Essential Apps To Help Chart, Monitor And Tackle Chronic Pain

Six million people in Canada live with some form of chronic pain, according to recent estimates by Statistics Canada. Long-term chronic pain can be complex, and the causes varied – including inflammation, injury, an underlying medical condition such as cancer. Other times, there may be no defining cause, such as in the case of fibromyalgia or chronic headaches. “A pain...