During COVID, The Health-Boosting Properties Of Vitamin D (AKA, the Sunshine Vitamin) Continue To Shine

Adults have more than 200 bones in their bodies. Each one is important. Bones help support the structure of the body, protect vital organs and allow us to move. We need to keep bones healthy with good nutrition. Bones are comprised of a protein called collagen and a mineral called calcium phosphate. Collagen provides structure while calcium phosphate gives our...

Meet ROSA, The Robot That Will Help Isolated Older Adults Age In Place And Its Creator, Frank Naccarato 

Social isolation presents practical challenges for many older adults living at home, especially those who are cut off from the helping hands of others under the recent COVID-19 measures. Stairs can be a big problem. There’s the strain of carrying everyday items like groceries or laundry baskets up and down even short flights of steps—and the risk of falling. A...

Game Changer! Able Innovations Develops ‘Effortless’ Patient-Transfer Technology

Jayiesh (Jay) Singh was 15 years old when he started volunteering at the long-term care facility where his mother worked. “I got a lot of fulfillment out of it, but I also saw the human side of aging,” he says. In particular, Singh saw the frustrations facing older adults who require help getting in and out of a bed or...

Tears Are Not Enough: Understanding Dry Eye Disease And How To Tackle It

Many of us expect that the quality of our vision will change as we grow older. We're more likely to need reading glasses and face the potential of developing a variety of troublesome eye ailments. One of the most common is dry eye disease. “Dry eye is a condition that occurs when either the quality or quantity of tears is...

AGE-WELL To Receive $21.9 Million In Federal Funds To Improve Quality of Life For Older Adults And Caregivers

AGE-WELL NCE Inc. (Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life) welcomes today’s announcement that AGE-WELL’s funding has been renewed through the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program to the end of fiscal year 2022-2023. AGE-WELL will receive $21.9 million over three years—a significant investment that will help Canada respond to the needs...

During Self-Quarantine, Keep Moving, Sit Less and Consider Wearing Compression Socks

If you’ve been ignoring your tired, achy or swollen legs because you’re worried compression stockings will make you look frumpy, it’s time to update your thinking. In terms of fashion and feel, they have come a long way. Thirty or 40 years ago, compression stockings “were not the prettiest, not the most comfortable the materials weren't as good,” acknowledges...

Understanding The Important Link Between Sleep And Memory, Plus Expert Tips

We've long known that a good night's sleep confers important benefits on mood, alertness, concentration, and judgment. Research over more than a century has also established that sleep plays an important role in memory retention. More recently, studies have begun to establish more precisely how the connection between sleep and memory works. “Sleep and memory are both mysterious,” says psychiatrist...

Two Sisters Get Candid About What They’ve Learned Caregiving For Their Mother

When women become largely responsible for a chronically ill or disabled loved one, their own well-being often falls by the wayside. And other life priorities – career, kids, dating, hobbies and interests – become increasingly hard to juggle or make time for. Of the eight million caregivers in Canada, more than half are women. And while the median time spent...

A Better Shot At Better Health: Are You Up-to-Date With Your Vaccinations?

What vaccines should you be getting and when?  No matter your age, vaccines are an essential tool for maintaining good health and a key defense against serious illness. While a vaccine for COVID-19 has not been found, other types of vaccinations should be updated. However, the number of adults who are up to date with their vaccines is low, according to the...

Understanding The Link Between Nutrition, 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...