Author and Alzheimer’s Activist Caron Leid Steps Outside Her Comfort Zone To Comfort Others

Caron Leid is a doer. And when the going gets tough, she does even more. For the past 19 years, much of what Leid has done has been focused on helping her mother, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when she was 57, and helping caregivers like herself understand the disease and its impact on individuals, families and futures. “I might be an...

Can A New eConsult Service Cure What Ails Health Care in Canada?

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...

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...

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...

Fits Like a Glove!

Mark Elias’s Steadiwear invention will benefit millions of tremor sufferers When you hear that a 25-year-old entrepreneur was featured in Forbes magazine, you could be forgiven for assuming it was because he’d invented a flashy, trendy gadget aimed at Millennials. But Mark Elias is making waves for inventing a glove. His assistive technology is designed to improve the quality of...

94-Year-Old Cookbook Author Continues to Share His Love of Syrian Cuisine

“Sharing a meal provides opportunities for understanding,” wrote Habeeb Salloum in the introduction of Arab Cooking on a Saskatchewan Homestead. His cookbook chronicles the Middle Eastern recipes he grew up in the dusty plains of Saskatchewan and shares his family’s journey from the village of Qaraoun, Syria. In 1925, Salloum, his older brother and his mother left French-occupied Syria and...

Heart Attack Survivors Take A Stand Against Heart Disease

How often do you really think about your heart? For me, it’s been quite a bit in the last few years. Research has drawn a connection between my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and cardiovascular disease, showing that RA “is associated with a 48 percent increased risk of cardiovascular events … and a 50 percent higher incidence of cardiovascular disease related...

Dawn P. Richards: The Patient as a Person

The following post originally appeared at BMJ Opinion. Re-posted with permission. We need to recognize individuals as more than simply a patient Wife. Scientist. Daughter. Aunt. Friend. Entrepreneur. Volunteer. Advocate. Consultant. Traveller. Person who lives with rheumatoid arthritis. Patient. These are all words I use to describe myself. However, when I enter the healthcare system or am part of a patient...

‘Dementia-Friendly’ Digital Reading Platform Wins AGE-WELL’s Canada-Wide Competition

A new app designed to help people with later-stage dementia to continue reading has won the AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge. The app currently has accessibility features such as automatic page turning. Stories touch on themes of interest to older adults, and can be personalized so that the reader becomes the main character in the book. Yesterday’s win means that new features,...

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...