Separating Hype From Hope: How Nutrition Affects Arthritis And Joint Health

More than six million Canadians live with arthritis. It can occur at any age, but the likelihood increases with age. It can be painful and debilitating because it causes inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues.1 It can affect any part of the body; however, the most common areas are the hip, knee, spine or fingers.2 There are many different types...

The Competitive Edge: Athletes Over The Age Of 40 Train Smarter And Push Harder

When it comes to sports and physical activities, I am a competitive person. It’s just how I’m wired. I grew up in a time when being competitive and female wasn’t always viewed as being proper. As a result, a lot of my sports role models as a kid were male. Among my idols were Patrick Roy (hockey), Steve Podborski...

New Approaches For Treating Chronic Pain From the President of the Canadian Association of Orthopaedic Medicine

Chronic pain is the number one cause of disability in older adults 1and the number two cause of workplace absences and of visits to the family doctor. As an interventional physiatrist based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, and the Canadian Centre for Integrative Medicine in Markham, ON, I see firsthand the toll chronic pain takes on individuals...

A Gerontologist/Author Offers Her Best Advice On Creating Long-Term Care Plans For Loved Ones

At some point, many adult children will find themselves in a position where they need to assist in the planning of long-term care for a parent. The choices are overwhelming. Mary Jo Saavedra, a gerontologist and Certified Aging Life Care Professional (CMC), wrote Eldercare 101: A Practical Guide to Later Life, Planning, Care and Wellbeing. It provides comprehensive, straight forward...

Changing the Way We Talk About Pain Can Help Soothe the Ouch

Pain is often the reason why people make an appointment to see their healthcare provider. If the feeling – the pain, the discomfort – is recent or acute, it is often easier for a healthcare professional to diagnose and treat the problem. You may have hurt yourself in some way, had an accident, are recovering from surgery, or getting the...

Technology For the Ages: ‘We ain’t seen nothing yet’

Dr. Alex Mihailidis
When I think about the technologies revolutionizing our world, it’s amazing to see how they keep evolving. We’ve come a long, long way from dial-up internet and flip phones (though I suspect more than a few of us would confess a nostalgia for Pong, the first video game), and you’d be right to think that “we ain’t seen nothing...

Since You Asked: By the Numbers

Dr. Elaine Chin
Staying Healthy is Up to Doctor You The question: Why is it important to know my lab numbers and how can I use them to benefit my overall health? Dr. Chin: Information is power. If you’re looking for a picture of your true total health and what the future may hold, it’s all in your numbers. What numbers? Your health numbers revealed by...

Financial Health Opens the Door to Healthy Aging

Boomers are a generation of rule breakers, but there’s one front where Canadian Boomers toe the line: financial health. Yes, Boomers have a well-earned reputation for consumer spending, but Canadians are by nature a little cautious: We’re not thought of as big risk takers and high fliers. This prudent approach to life, combined with an investment industry that tends to...