Defence Strategies For Older Adults Targeted By Financial Scammers

You’d think that Steven Spielberg, the highest-grossing director of all time, would be immune to fraud. But you’d be wrong. The developer of Jaws, Jurassic Park, E.T.and many other films has wealth and status that provide him access to top financial professionals. But in 2008 that list included Bernie Madoff, a Ponzi-scheme operator who walked away with undisclosed amounts...

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....

Give Thanks: Adopting an Attitude of Gratitude is Good for Health and Healing

When I was growing up, my parents constantly reminded my brothers and me to say, “Thank you.” It became so automatic that I didn’t appreciate what it meant. I thought it was their way of teaching us good manners. However, as I grew older, I understood the significance of these words. My parents were Holocaust survivors, and expressing gratitude was part...

Keep Your Eye on the Prize: You’re Not Too Old for Laser Vision Correction Surgery

Every year, thousands of Canadians who want to forgo glasses look to laser vision correction surgery. However, there's a common belief that it's something you should do before age 40 (give or take a few years) to get the best results. But what about those of us with aging eyes? Are we candidates for this life-changing procedure? YouAreUNLTD turned to...

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...

Employee-Caregivers Need Companies To Step Up With New Guidelines

Gary Leblanc knows the trials of juggling work and domestic responsibilities. The 58-year-old full-time waiter in an upscale Ottawa restaurant is the primary caregiver of his wife, who has Parkinson’s disease. “I have to cook all the meals, bathe her, get her dressed,” he says. While a paid caregiver comes in two hours a day, Leblanc devotes several hours...

Playing Games Serves As A Therapeutic And Diagnostic Tool For Dementia Patients

Games are typically designed for entertainment, but “serious games” have become popular for training, wellness and other important applications. And there is a need for serious gaming for the older adults. With our increasing aging population comes corresponding increases in age-related conditions associated with impaired cognitive status, and gaming can be applied for cognitive assessments. “Individuals with cognitive impairments may benefit...

Remember Canada’s Food Guide? Learn About Its Extensive New Makeover Here

You may remember learning about Canada’s Food Guide in school and its brightly coloured rainbow depicting the types of foods and the number of servings you should have per day. It may surprise you to learn that this version of the food guide had not been updated until 12 years ago. With chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and...

9 Topics Experts Predict Will Dramatically Impact How We Age In 2019

There’s no downloadable crystal ball app to predict what will happen – or not happen – in the lives of older Canadians in 2019. However, YouAreUNLTD checked in with the experts to suss out the hot topics trending for the year ahead. Here's what they predicted: Artificial intelligence AI, as it’s commonly known, is the use of computer systems that are...

Go With The Flow: Slow Down Your Exercise Routine With Tai Chi

William Leclair had much to celebrate when he approached his 55th birthday three years ago. The Toronto-based communications specialist was fulfilled in his career, proud of his family and he took delight in his circle of close longtime friends. “All things considered, I was in a happy place in my life,” says Leclair. What he did not celebrate was the...