Four Top Tech Trends That Will Shape Our World In 2019

By 2050, the number of adults over 60 years of age is set to double. This huge demographic shift will have profound implications across society and will require a significant rethink of products, processes and policies. Technology can play a critical role, but despite this silver wave, the unique needs of older adults have largely been ignored by the...

Resilience, Recovery and Reaping the Rewards

I live with a chronic illness, rheumatoid arthritis, but I am not a patient. I am a healthcare consumer. And so are you. “Patient” is derived from a Latin word meaning to suffer. While this meaning applies at times, being defined as such isn’t the way I approach life – and I know others who feel the same. There’s...

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...

Asleep On the Job: Innovators Dream Up Smarter Slumber Solutions

Forget envying youth for their youth; it’s their deep sleep we most desire. Increased waking in the night, or waking earlier in the morning, just seems to come with age, but it’s not because we need less sleep. In fact, as we age, we need the same amount of sleep as all adults — between seven and nine hours....

Sleep On It: Find Out How Snoozing Affects Your Memory, Plus Expert Tips

We've long known that a good night's sleep confers important benefits on mood, alertness, concentration, and judgment. Research over more than a century has also established that sleep plays an important role in memory retention. More recently, studies have begun to establish more precisely how the connection between sleep and memory works. “Sleep and memory are both mysterious,” says psychiatrist...

Medic Alert Speaks For You When You Can’t In An Emergency

Many Canadians take their health seriously and work hard to eat healthy and exercise regularly to live a long, robust life. Being pro-active about wellness is even more critical for those with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart conditions or severe allergies. For those people, there’s another important – and potentially lifesaving – component to wellness that is often ignored...

A Gerontologist/Author Offers Her Best Advice On Creating Long-Term Care Plans For Loved Ones

At some point, many adult children will find themselves in a position where they need to assist in the planning of long-term care for a parent. The choices are overwhelming. Mary Jo Saavedra, a gerontologist and Certified Aging Life Care Professional (CMC), wrote Eldercare 101: A Practical Guide to Later Life, Planning, Care and Wellbeing. It provides comprehensive, straight forward...

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...

Arthritis pain. Grin and bear it? Absolutely not! Learn about today’s smarter options

Choosing “Tragically Hips” as the name for her team in the annual Walk For Arthritis was a no-brainer for Brantford, ON-resident Jane Grant-Henderson. “Not only was The Tragically Hip my favourite band, but I liked the idea of having a punchy reference to my knee and hip replacement – which turned my life around.” Maintain an upbeat attitude has been...

Pucker up! Top Tips On Taking Care Of Your Lips From A Leading Dermatologist

The skin that covers your lips is unique. It doesn’t have sweat or oil glands and it’s the thinnest skin on your body. That makes it especially vulnerable to day-to-day aggressors, like sun, wind, heat, salty foods and dryness. Add aging into the mix and you’ve got a recipe for extra dry and uncomfortable lips. “Lips are delicate and undergo...