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...

Top Tips From A Dermatologist For Tackling “Age Spots.” Are Lingonberries The Answer?

When it comes to eliminating “liver spots,” those skin blemishes that multiply with age, the oil and nutrients derived from berries, including lingonberries, seem to be all the rage. But Judy Hu, MD, board-certified dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology PC in Ridgewood, NJ, advises patients to exercise caution when it comes to treatment fads claiming to lighten or rid the...

A Group of Older Runners On Salt Spring Island Achieve Personal Bests and Podium Finishes

Is there something in the water, or is it the idyllic island setting off the coast of B.C.? Science, perhaps? Salt Spring Island, located in the Strait of Georgia between mainland BC and Vancouver Island, is home to a group of senior athletes who call themselves 'The Sneakers.' They are redefining what it means to be active. Led by their...

Good For the Sole: Tips For Finding Stylish Shoes Kind to Aging Feet

Thanks to a lifetime of being hard on one’s feet and also physiological changes, foot pain and related issues become more common with age. While some of the foot problems older adults face can be similar to those experienced by younger adults, they can be caused by different reasons. Dr. Brad Sonnema, president of the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association, explains...

Expert Tips On How to Prevent Knee Damage Leading To Arthritis

While our knees may be among the most vulnerable joints to osteoarthritis, that doesn’t mean we can’t prevent damage that leads to the highly common and debilitating condition, according to a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. “Arthritis isn’t always preventable, and more than half of us will have signs of osteoarthritis by...

The Struggle Is Real: 5 Ways For Women To Manage Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can impact everything from your mood, to your sleep to your social life. “The first things we lose are fun activities and leisure and we end up only doing what we have to do,” says Sarah Sheffe, an occupational therapist at the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute. One in five Canadians experience chronic pain and the majority of...

Happiness Is Found By Spending Money On Experiences – Not Stuff, Research Says

Canadians continue to borrow and spend. According to Statistics Canada, the average household carried $1.74 in credit card, mortgage and other debt for every dollar of disposable income, as at December of last year. Rising debts are also a fact of life in the business and public sectors. But is all that spending making us happier? Maybe not. According to the...

A Laughing Matter: You Have The Power To Choose Happiness

All of us inherit things. I’m not talking about money or property. I’m talking about what we get passed down to us in our genetic roadmap. When we were younger it was really common to hear that we “looked a lot like dad,” “laughed just like mom,” or perhaps “went to jail just like your uncle.” I don’t know...

 Hepatitis C Screening And New Treatments Allow Baby Boomers To Escape “The Kiss of Death”

Finding out you have stage 3 hepatitis C (HCV) might not be most people’s idea of luck, but Ron Shean feels fortunate. Despite the damage to his liver, his disease was caught before it progressed to cancer. Shean, who had planned to donate a kidney to his uncle, found out about his condition from the Kidney Foundation. “I got so...

Understanding Blood Pressure By the Numbers: What Do Yours Mean?

Each May, health professionals hold blood pressure screening events across Canada to mark Hypertension Month. “The main thrust of the campaign is to make sure people are testing their blood pressure regularly,” says Angelique Berg, CEO, Hypertension Canada. Being proactive is important. Hypertension is the leading cause of death and disability. But the good news? It is preventable. Time to cuff...