Yes, We Dare. Grey Hair Is A Badge of Honour And We Will No Longer Hide It

Choosing grey is sexy and inspiring, no matter your age The hair colour du jour is grey – preferably a silky silver. It was once startling among middle-aged celebrities; think Jamie Lee Curtis’s debut more than 10 years ago. Today, platinum hair is practically celebrated among those in pop culture, from trendsetters like Rihanna to the real deal, namely powerful stars,...

Expert Jim Danahy On Tackling The Challenges of Meeting The Needs Of The Boomer Pharmacy Customer

Pharmacists know too well the ongoing challenge of bridging the gap between being a clinician and a healthcare provider in a retail setting, where patients see themselves as consumers and have high expectations – not to mention high-levels of skepticism about service and advice. To gain insight into this new type of consumer, pharmacist Rosemarie Patodia spoke to retail and...

Missed Medical Appointments Is An Issue That Demands Smarter Solutions

Whether due to long wait times or a lack of after-hour availability, 68 percent of Canadians have missed at least one doctor’s appointment, according to a 2017 Ipsos poll. Unfortunately, missed appointments can lead to delays in treatment and add costs to the healthcare system. Last year, Health PEI boosted awareness of the issue by posting publicly the number of missed...

New Technology Helps Older Canadians Age In Place At Home Safely

Soon after turning 70, Marianne Buzza knew it was time to downsize. But it wasn’t about the size of the house. “I love to garden and had created a bit of a monster. We needed a smaller yard!” she says with a laugh. She and her husband, Wally, also wanted to live in the town of Wasaga Beach, ON, so...

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...

Never Mind, ‘OK Boomer.’ Older Adults Have Become An Economic Force Of Epic Proportion

One of the perks of an empty-nest status is more time for shopping. Of course, we have more time for just about everything, but shopping stands out for me because, for example, I no longer speed-walk while plucking items from grocery aisles. I practically luxuriate in the ability to comparison-shop. Perhaps most exciting, I can put myself back at...

Understanding The Hard Realities of Becoming A Full-Time Caregiver

For caregivers, especially caregivers suddenly and unexpectedly thrown into this role of a lifetime, there is a very simple and very difficult answer to the question, “Where do I start?” With yourself. As you focus on taking care of the person you love, it’s easy to lose focus on yourself. “It becomes a habit. Before you know it, everything you talk...

Sock It To You: Compression Wear Gets A Fresh, Hip Look

From top-tier athletes to frequent fliers, compression wear keeps up the pressure to maximize health benefits The rising popularity of compression socks can be chalked up to a couple of factors. First, they work and have a proven track record that dates back to the Middle Ages. Second, they’ve evolved out of the medical-use realm and now appeal to a...

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...