Finding Inspiration About Growing Older With TED Talks

There’s a certain ritual in celebrating the arrival of a new year: counting down the seconds until midnight, drinking a glass of champagne, hanging a fresh calendar on the wall. And while the simple fact of being able to greet another year should be cause for celebration, adults – once they have reached the age of majority – seem...

Retirement Living Ain’t What It Used To Be With A Focus on Upscale Offerings and More Activities

“It’s like opening up a present: you get it, you open it up, that ‘wow’ feeling of unexpected joy.” That might be how one you’d expect one to describe discovering a new city around the world, or spending time with your first grandchild, but moving to a retirement residence and it being “a feeling of unexpected joy”? If your only...

Analyzing Language Usage Opens The Door To Earlier Dementia Diagnosis

If dementia could be diagnosed earlier in patients, or even predict who might develop the disease later in life, it would mean nothing short of a revolution in dementia care. If caught early enough, steps could be taken that might prevent or delay its onset. With one in 10 Canadians at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease after age 65,...

How To Make A Positive Impact On Your Emotional Health Through ‘Good Mood’ Foods

“You are what you eat” applies to both your physical and emotional health. Do you wake up feeling sluggish? Feel irritable when the clock hits 2 pm? You might want to take a second look at what you’re putting on your plate. While most Canadians are aware that a balanced diet plays an important role in promoting good physical health, they...

AGE-WELL Conference Spotlights Exploring the Future of Technology and Aging

AGE-WELL’s 5th annual conference attracted more than 300 researchers, trainees, older adults, caregivers and partners from industry, government and the community who all share a goal: to support healthy aging through the development of technology-based solutions. Held on Oct. 22-24 in Moncton, the event showcased an extraordinary range of technologies being created by researchers and entrepreneurs supported by AGE-WELL, Canada’s...

At His High School Reunion, One Man Has A Revelation About The Worth Of Work

The email confirming the time and date of my high school reunion informed me that the organizing committee was expecting a very large crowd and I should consider that “good news.” They weren’t wrong. It was a very big crowd. Bigger than I expected. On average, I’d say every dude in the gymnasium where the event was held was at...

Where To Find Help Navigating The Complex, Often Puzzling, Canadian Healthcare System

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...

Embrace Intimacy And End The Stigma Around Vaginal Dryness, Says Dr. Marla Shapiro

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...

How To Bring More Kindness To The World With A Smile, A Compliment And Giving Spirit

In the 1980s the phrase, “Practice random acts of kindness,” was popping up everywhere – bumper stickers, billboards, decals on mailboxes and elsewhere. I remember the first time I saw it. I was in my car and read it on the bumper sticker of the vehicle in front of me. This simple, yet profound message resonated deeply within me because...

Vitamins and Minerals Linked to Mental Health, Says University Of Calgary Researcher

In an era when many people look down at their waistlines to assess nutritional health, Dr. Bonnie Kaplan, a researcher at the University of Calgary, is looking up instead. She calls it “nutrition above the neck.” It’s a field of medical study that is seeing rapid growth, thanks to a small group of committed disruptors like herself. They’ve overcome strong...