The Truth Behind Depression In Older Adults Is Not Normal

Usually happy and outgoing, John Rake* was utterly bereft after his wife died last year, after 68 years of being together. "He would tell me, 'Life isn’t worth living. I just want to die,'" says his daughter Lisa from her home in Toronto. “He was scared. He thought he was losing his mind.” It wasn’t just what he was saying that was...

Melanoma Rates Continue To Increase, Says Canadian Dermatology Association

The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) took the opportunity on World Melanoma Day (May 13) to urge Canadians to adopt sun-safe practices that will better protect them against melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. A new survey shows troubling trends in sun-safe behaviours among Canadians. This call to action from Canada’s certified dermatologists comes as the association releases new research...

Does Your Unique Biological Blueprint Hold the Secret to a Longer Life?

When car manuals were still issued in print, we all had a slightly better idea of how our vehicles worked. At the very least, we had information readily available so we could understand what the light on the dash was telling us. Now imagine if our bodies came with a similar manual, or a unique set of schematics. The...

New Guidelines Introduced To Help Those Living With Dementia Reduce Their Risk Of Becoming Lost

In Canada, more 750,000 people live with dementia. An estimated 60 per cent will go missing at least once, according to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. “Watch the news and you’ll hear about another older adult with dementia who has gone missing,” says Noelannah Neubauer, an AGE-WELL trainee (AGE-WELL is Canada's Technology and Aging Network), who is working to...

Calling All Startups: AGE-WELL Challenges Aging And Technology Innovators To Compete For $15,000

AGE-WELL is launching its annual National Impact Challenge – with a twist. This year’s competition focuses on Canadian startups whose technologies or services can improve quality of life for older adults or their caregivers. The AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge: Startup Edition will recognize top start-ups in Canada’s technology and aging sector, and support entrepreneurship that focuses on healthy aging. Applicants from...

How To Minimize Taxes On Retirement Income

The key to minimizing taxes on retirement income is careful planning, and this normally starts years or even a decade or two before you retire. A retirement plan helps you understand what tax bracket you're in now and what tax bracket you think you'll be in after you retire. A plan to retire in a lower tax bracket allows you to...

What Happens When Mom Or Dad Moves In With Their Adult Child And Partner

Are you thinking of having an elderly parent move in with you and your partner? If so, Carol Bradley Bursack has some advice. I spoke to the veteran caregiver, columnist and the author of Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories by phone from her home in North Dakota. YAU: There is a trend of older parents moving in with their...

Coping With The Challenges Of Adult Children Taking Care Of Aging Parents

My father spent the last years of his life in a long-term care residence, suffering from dementia. My brother was his primary caregiver, which means he took greater responsibility for our father’s day-to-day care. I was involved more as a manager of social support. I communicated with the service providers and sometimes advocated on his behalf with his dietician,...

Be Part Of History on May 5! Help Set A World Record For The Most Osteoporosis Screenings In 24 Hours

Osteoporosis is often called ‘the silent disease’ because bone loss can’t be seen or felt. It’s time to raise awareness and break the silence around this important issue. That will happen on Sunday, May 5, when we’ll make some noise and loudly cheer on Amgen Canada as it hosts Break Records, Not Bones – a unique event that is the...

Ouch! How To Ease The Impact Of Lower Back Pain And Sciatica

Lower back pain, which include sciatica, is the leading cause of years living with disability worldwide. And it remains the leading reason for physician consultations among people under 60 years of age in Canada. Estimates of lifetime prevalence of low back pain in the adult general population are variable across studies but have been reported to be as high as 84...