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...

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...

Difference Maker: Mimi Lowi-Young, Chair, AGE-WELL, Discusses Innovations That Benefit Older Canadians

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Mimi Lowi-Young, Chair, AGE-WELL, appeared as a guest speaker at AGE-WELL's National Conference in Vancouver last year. She discussed some of the innovations and technologies that AGE-WELL has been a part of to help older Canadians. Watch the video for some notable highlights. You can find out more about all the important work AGE-WELL is doing here. More experts and disruptors...

Difference Maker: Watch Michael Tamblyn, CEO, Rakuten Kobo, Explain The Transition to Digital E-Books

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Michael Tamblyn, CEO, Rakuten Kobo, appeared as a guest speaker at AGE-WELL's National Conference in Vancouver last year. He spoke how the transition from analog to digital in e-books are being driven by older adults. Watch the video for some notable highlights. You can find out more about all the important work AGE-WELL is doing here. More experts and disruptors will...

Navigating Grief: How A Victoria Woman Went From Widow To Becoming The Oldest Person to Sail Solo Around the World

On the day she turned 77, Jeanne Socrates spent time maintaining the steering gear of her sailboat, Nereida, a Najad 380, and then soaked in the sunshine on deck, dabbed on some perfume, and settled in with cake and tea to read her birthday messages. It was day 319 of a voyage that had already taken her over 26,693 nautical miles...

10 Common Myths About Aging Busted, Courtesy of Activist Ashton Applewhite

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 of...

Five Competitors, Only One Winner: Five Startups Battle Head to Head At AGE-WELL’s National Impact Challenge

Canada has become a global leader on the technology and aging front, encouraging entrepreneurs to seek innovative ways to enable healthy aging. This was showcased at AGE-WELL’s National Impact Challenge: Startup Edition, held recently in Toronto. At the event, five companies pitched their product ideas Dragon’s Den-style before a panel of judges. Here’s a look at the competitors: Cosm Medical: PIECE...

Media Personality Valerie Pringle Finds A New Passion For Nature Post-Retirement

Valerie Pringle is serious about hiking. When she is asked about her longtime commitment to The Great Trail, a network of 24,000 kilometres of recreational trails (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail) that links all 13 provinces and territories, she becomes poetic, quoting philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche (“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking”) and Søren Kierkegaard (“I have walked...

Appreciating Life Deepens Through Candid Conversation About Death, Says Activist Author

Michael Hebb is the epitome of a disruptor. The Seattle-based author, activist, artist and author has set out to challenge how we think about some of life's most sensitive issues, like death and dying. His desire is to start "a gentle revolution" around the subject. When he was in his mid-30s, Hebb took a train from Portland to Seattle and struck...

Breaking Down Barriers To Health Care in Canada With Web-Based Tools

Limited access to specialist care is a major barrier to health care in Canada. But what started as a pilot project by two frustrated doctors from Ontario is now prompting healthcare providers to rethink the traditional (and time consuming) consultant referral model. Champlain BASE is a secure, web-based tool that allows family doctors to quickly access specialist care for their...