Predicting Dementia Earlier – in a Manner of Speaking

What speech patterns can reveal about brain health 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...

Promising New Drug Therapies for Alzheimer’s Need More Research

Two recently published research studies are generating buzz for new discoveries about Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. It’s easy to understand why. The need for fresh treatments is great. According to an Alzheimer's Disease International 2016 report, more than 47 million people worldwide are affected by the condition. In Canada, 564,00 people are living with dementia. By...

B.C. Inventor Develops A Stylish New Personal Mobility Device

Barbara Alink isn’t shy when it comes to talking about things she’s passionate about. That was hugely evident when she transfixed an audience during a 2016 TedX Vancouver talk on “Dignity Through Movement.” Her no-nonsense oratorical skills were at the fore yet again when she stood alone in front of a panel of hard-nosed financiers during a taping of the...

Activist Ashton Applewhite Crushes 10 Myths About Aging

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...

Relationships: The Elixir To Healthy Aging

Now is the perfect time to reinvent and revitalize relationships across the spectrum – with life and romantic partners, family, friends, colleagues, other generations and, most important of all, yourself “A good relationship is the single best recipe for good health and the best antidote to aging that anybody has ever come up with,” says Dr. Sue Johnson.  The Canadian clinical...

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...

Riding the Wave: Boomers Defy Ageism

Agei­sm: Prejudice or discrimination on the basis of age is a widespread and insidious global issue with far-reaching ramifications. But the tide is turning. Rather than drown in a sea of stereotypes, boomers — disruptors in every sense — are setting a new course, dispelling outdated notions of what it means to get older. The same generation that once embraced the...

Women Of A “Certain Age” Shake Off Stereotypes And Disrupt The Fashion World

French fashion designer Coco Chanel famously stated, “After 40, nobody is young, but one can be irresistible at any age.” Indeed, today’s aging female consumers are a stylish and powerful demographic – they earn double what Millennials do, and are increasingly happy to spend it to look fabulous. Yet they’re generally ignored by marketers and retailers, says Mary Chambers,...

Male Menopause? It’s Not Your Imagination. It Is A Real Thing.

“We’ve always been kitchen-klatch people,” says 54-year-old Daniel Kenney about himself and his four older siblings, the eldest of whom is 64. “The kitchen is where we have the best conversations as grownups, just my brothers, our respective partners sans kids, nieces or nephews. Our monthly get-togethers typically involve a huge potluck, which means lots of dirty pots and pans,...

Living Your Best Life: 15 Lessons I Learned From Holocaust Survivors

Holocaust survivors overcame the most severe form of persecution and went on to become productive members of the communities in which they settled. They have exhibited an extraordinary resilience and love of family and community. Their survival is an example of the human spirit’s ability to adapt, rebuild and recover from genocide. As people who have seen the dark...