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...

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...

Male Call: 15 Health Facts Guys Probably Don’t Know That Prolong – Or Shorten – Their Life

Did you know that 85 percent of Canadian men exceed their daily recommended sodium intake or that smoking doubles the likelihood of a guy experiencing erectile dysfunction? Were you aware that 80 percent of suicides in Canada are men? These health factoids can be bitter pills to swallow – but men need to listen up. Much of what ails the...

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,...

6 Essential Apps to Support Caregivers

The number of Canadians providing informal care to a family member or friend is staggering. There are more than eight million people fulfilling that role, according to the Canadian Caregiver Coalition. As our country's population ages, caregivers are turning to their smartphones to keep track of medication, doctors’ appointments, or simply asking for a hand with a home-cooked meal. Looking...

Boomers Are Changing Healthcare … Is Your Practice Ready?

(Below is a special article for health care professionals.) As healthcare providers, we strive toward patient-centred care as a model for practice – from hospital ambulatory care to inpatient stays and community-based primary care. Putting patients at the “centre” means empowering them to participate in decision-making about their own care. The time has come to shift our thinking yet further, from...

Why Scientists Say Walking Is The New ‘Superfood’

Why some scientists call walking the new “superfood” capable of reversing aging and boosting health Spanish explorer Ponce de León spent years sailing around the world looking for the Fountain of Youth. But according to the latest research, he might have found it if he had searched on foot. While the benefits of walking are well known – from reducing...

Age of Disruption: Boomers Take On Aging and Healthcare

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Baby Boomers have left an indelible imprint upon everything from popular culture to science and technology, business and key issues such as women’s rights, sexism and civil rights. Now they are breaking down one of the last remaining obstacles in their path: aging. Loosely defined as those people born in the post-war period stretching from 1946 to 1964, Boomers comprise...

A Cardiologist Answers The Question: “Is Sitting The New Smoking?”

If you are sitting while reading this, you may want to stand. Dr. David Alter, a cardiologist and senior scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI), says that while sitting may not be as bad for your health as smoking, it’s still pretty bad. “Smoking can decrease your life expectancy by 10 years whereas sitting can by three years. But...

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...