Take A Hike, Literally, To Reap Its Health Benefits For The Body And Soul

Spending time in nature is touted as one of the best curatives for the 55-and-over crowd. Just read the latest studies that link nature-based activities to improved physical and emotional health. Or, better yet, ask the estimated 800,000 Canadians in that age bracket who hike and camp. Despite her impressive long-distance track record, Magdalena Vanderkooy doesn’t describe herself as a...

How One Man Invests In His Inner Gladiator By Hiring A Personal Trainer

In an ideal world, a man my age would be enjoying the benefits of having steadily invested in my health and my wealth from an early age. The retirement brochures say we must start early, invest often, and stay invested. The same goes for our health. Unfortunately for me, I had been treating myself in the opposite way I...

Surgery In Paradise: Canadians Explore Cayman Islands for Destination Healthcare

Angela Bugera was desperate for a plan B. The Edmonton-based gallery owner needed a hip replacement and until she got one, her quality of life would be poor. At age 51, she was already using a cane and eventually neared the point where she required a wheelchair. Trying to run a business while in pain was far from ideal....

The Cane Attraction: Walk With Confidence And Look Fashionable With The Latest Mobility Devices

The long-time mobility helper enjoys a fresh wave of fashionability, thanks to innovative designs For much of its history, the cane was meant to make a bold statement about one’s status or fashion sense. Ancient Egyptians from all social classes owned canes, but King Tut went to extremes, amassing 132 that were buried with him in his famous tomb. Meanwhile, King...

Technology’s Stand On Fall Prevention

When it comes to falls, especially those that irreparably sideline people’s lives, Canadians needn’t take it lying down. Innovators across Canada are developing wearable sensors, technological devices that incorporate artificial intelligence, and re-engineered footwear to disrupt the crisis of falling.   When Dr. Alex Mihailidis spoke at the Falls Prevention Conference in June 2018 in St. John’s, NL, his audience didn’t hear...

Putting Bed Rest to Rest: The Healing Power of Movement and Exercise

Forget rest: Movement is the way to heal and thrive post-injury, post-surgery and during chronic pain. As someone who lives with chronic pain, I know this first-hand. I developed neck and upper back pain after being hit by a car while cycling in Toronto in 2001. For almost three years I wrestled with my pain, finally going on disability when...

Fasten Your Seatbelts: Boomers Are A Driving Force Behind Auto Innovations

Boomers grew up idolizing automobiles – the ultimate symbol of independence, swagger and style. Whether their first car was a sporty Mustang, a muscle car or a hipster Beetle, this generation of drivers continues to influence the auto industry more than any other, demanding innovation, performance and luxury.  From Tesla’s autopilot driver assistance to built-in WiFi hotspots, push-button starts, windows...

Cars Have Sensors, So Why Can’t Wheelchairs?

Braze Mobility gives wheelchair users a new “sense” of independence “A lifesaver.” That’s what powered wheelchair user Herman Witlox calls Braze Mobility’s obstacle-detection system, a new-to-market technology that transforms a regular wheelchair into a “smart” wheelchair. Witlox helped beta-test the Canadian innovation, which is poised to open up the world to people with limited mobility by helping avoid collisions when, for...

Move It or Lose It: The Indisputable Link Between Mobility and Successful Aging

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Ten years into retirement, Patricia Skidmore is still in awe of her ability to make change and lead an active life. Her outlook wasn’t always so hopeful. In her 50s, Skidmore, professor emeritus, Brescia College at the University of Western Ontario, was riddled with pain and resigned to hip replacement or back surgery. “I thought I was headed for a...

Wheelchair Users Enjoy New Freedom, Thanks to “Smart” Sensors from Braze Mobility

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“Cars have sensors. Why can’t wheelchairs?” That was the question that consumed Dr. Pooja Viswanathan for almost a decade – so much so that she started Braze Mobility, a company that manufactures sensors for wheelchairs. As its CEO and co-founder, she is helping to revolutionize the industry and make the world a safer, more accessible place for people with disabilities. Seeking...