How To Tame The Anxiety And Worries That Dominate Thoughts As We Age

Anxiety problems among older adults is common, but often not recognized, according to CAMH. As we grow older, there can be a tendency to worry about the future – our health, our finances, caregiving responsibilities, whether we can age in place at home, and relationships with family and friends. It’s normal, but up to a point. For someone with...

6 Things You Don’t Know About CBD and Pain Management

It can be difficult to deal with the various aches and pains that can come with aging. The older you get, the more medications you are likely to be on to improve your quality of life, but they may come with their own side effects that can cause more problems. If you want to manage pain without dealing with many...

Battle of Wits: Preventing Dementia

How to Detect, Delay and Even Prevent Cognitive Decline With dementia affecting more than half a million Canadians, many of us have seen its impact firsthand in a parent, a relative or a friend. I definitely have – and wrote recently about my experience in this article. Thus, when I say it’s perfectly natural to feel bleak when someone in...

Changing the Way We Talk About Pain Can Help Soothe the Ouch

Pain is often the reason why people make an appointment to see their healthcare provider. If the feeling – the pain, the discomfort – is recent or acute, it is often easier for a healthcare professional to diagnose and treat the problem. You may have hurt yourself in some way, had an accident, are recovering from surgery, or getting the...

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...

Wearable Health Technology Set To Take Off As Apple Joins the Fray

Announcements from Apple are eagerly anticipated. After all, this is the company that revolutionized whole industries with its phones, music devices and tablets. With so many blockbuster tech innovations under its belt, it’s remarkable that the product most deserving of the limelight at the most recent launch was a humble watch. Or not so humble. The days when watches only...

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...

Difference Maker: Mimi Lowi-Young, Chair, AGE-WELL, Discusses Innovations That Benefit Older Canadians

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Mimi Lowi-Young, Chair, AGE-WELL, appeared as a guest speaker at AGE-WELL's National Conference in Vancouver last year. She discussed some of the innovations and technologies that AGE-WELL has been a part of to help older Canadians. Watch the video for some notable highlights. You can find out more about all the important work AGE-WELL is doing here. More experts and disruptors...

CAMH Experts Shine A Light on Promoting Mental Health In Later Years

In this Q&A with CAMH's leading experts in late-life mental health, we explore the mental health concerns that affect older Canadians and how CAMH researchers are addressing these issues. Dr. Bruce G. Pollock heads all aspects of CAMH’s research as vice president of research. He has been newly named as the inaugural Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Late-Life Mental Health...

Get A Leg Up on Compression Stockings – Fun, Fashionable and Potentially Lifesaving

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...