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Alberta Music Projects Closes The Generation Gap Through Music And Storytelling

What distinguishes us as humans isn’t just brain size or our ability to invent things like the wheel or the iPhone. It’s also our urge to tell stories. Storytelling of one kind or another is how we view and share the world with each other. Increasingly, it’s seen as a way of improving the lives of older adults, whether by...

AGE-WELL Identifies 8 Key Challenge Areas Shaping The Future of Aging

An aging population means that there are challenges on the horizon on how to best meet its needs. AGE-WELL, a Canadian network of researchers, older adults, caregivers, partner organizations and future leaders, is helping to create solutions by accelerating the delivery of technology that will make a difference to Canadians and the world. But how best to shape the...

Words Matter: Language And Symbols Have The Power To Shape Culture And Instigate Change

Labels can be useful. Without them we wouldn’t know what’s in file folders or cans, whether food contains ingredients we’re allergic to, or whether we should launder or dry-clean our clothes. But words, images, signs and symbols that describe and categorize people – that separate one group from another – are also labels. They can be positive, but usually they’re...

“Sophisticated Consumers” Shape Kobo Technology: CEO Michael Tamblyn

It’s widely assumed that young people and Millennials are the early adopters of new technology. But the conventional wisdom that they make or break new consumer tech doesn’t always hold. Sure, older adults may be sceptical about shiny new tech toys, but they’re keen to embrace innovation that fits into their lives and brings benefit to something they already...

Mature Student Olive Bryanton Continues Her Passion For Learning With Another Doctorate

Firsts are second nature to Olive Bryanton.  As a part-time employee with the PEI Senior Citizens’ Federation, Bryanton led the team that established the first drop-in centre for older residents on the island. It’s still going strong today.  Working with a psychology professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, Bryanton helped obtain funding for the province’s first seniors’ college. Now...

Unlimited Attitude: Mystery Writer Louise Penny On Reinvention And Being a Caregiver

“There is a crack in everything,” Louise Penny likes to quote in her bestselling mystery novels. “That’s how the light gets in.” That interplay of dark and light – and how one can’t exist without the other – is the theme for her books, and her life. Penny is one of Canada’s most successful novelists in any genre, the winner...

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,...

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...

Trailblazing Media Personality Valerie Pringle Broadcasts The Wonders Of Nature

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...