‘He-Sheds’ Across Canada Help Older Men Build a Sense Of Community

What if instead of potting soil and lawn mowers you filled a shed with hot coffee, cribbage boards and friends? That’s the idea behind Men’s Sheds, a non-profit program that brings men together to enjoy activities, socialize and forge bonds with their communities. The concept, which started in Australia, was brought to Canada by Doug Mackie, a retired financial...

Before You Take Off On To A Sun Destination This Winter, Consider New Treatments for Varicose Veins

Thinking about a winter getaway to a sun destination? For many women, that means not only shorts, sun dresses, swimsuits and breaking out the razors, but exposing those varicose veins. Although more than 20 per cent of adult Canadians have them (women are four to five times more likely than men), they are truly spoilers when it comes to slipping...

How You Can Be Your Own Advocate To Get Timely Osteoporosis Assessment And Diagnosis

At age 58, Denise Gibbons lost her balance and fell. At the hospital, doctors ordered an X-ray, MRI and ultrasound and determined she had a broken hip. It didn’t occur to Gibbons that osteoporosis was to blame for her fracture. “Because I was under 60 and had broken a bone, it was suggested that I have a bone density scan...

The Most Important Conversation You’ll Ever Have With Your Parents: Plans For Their Future Care

“If you don’t want to talk about this, or if you can’t, maybe you could just pray for a tornado to hit your parents the day before they get sick.”  – Shlomo F. Kreitzer, retired psychologist. Rarely do I meet people who want to talk about planning for a loved one’s future aging and end of life. Rather, I meet then...

Snoring Remedies Designed To Give Canadians Peace and Better Sleep

For 30 years, Santina Nato snored and for much of that time, she had no idea just how bad it was. Her partner was the first to break the news. “I really didn’t know,” says the 58-year-old sales associate from Paris, ON. “I’d get an elbow the ribs and be told to turn over, but it didn’t make me...

Prevent Caregiver Burnout With These 5 Stress-busting Tips

Managing the needs of aging parents is a top personal stressor, according to a 2018 survey of clients accessing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services at Morneau Shepell, a Canadian company that takes an integrated approach to employee assistance, health, benefits and retirement needs. However, it doesn’t have to be: Caregivers can survive and thrive as they navigate family responsibilities...

In The Fake News Era, Canadians Struggle To Get Credible Nutritional Information As They Age

“Aging Canadians have a profound hunger for good nutritional information – and the demand for reliable dietary advice is only going to grow,” said Julia Pilliar at the Dietetic Knowledge Exchange hosted by the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University on May 2. Throughout her career as a registered dietitian (she also holds a masters degree in public health), she...

“Electronic Skin” Holds Promise For Burns, Prosthetics And General Healthcare

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have created electronic skin (or e-skin) that mimics the real thing. The breakthrough technology marks an exciting advancement that holds great promise for robotics, prosthetics and general healthcare. Their e-skin integrates all the major sensors of real skin, including an ability to heal and conform to the body. This could be the full...

Ottawa Cardiologist Spearheads Effort To Diagnose Heart Disease With A New Five-Minute Test

Dr. Benjamin Chow was told he had seven minutes to pitch his idea. Seven minutes to describe and convey the importance of a groundbreaking medical technique. To explain how using it would improve access to healthcare for thousands of heart patients in under-serviced and remote populations. To address a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Seven minutes for a...

What’s The Secret To Aging With Vitality? Experts Weigh In On How To Live Well

Aging with vitality leaves the door open to a world of opportunities – the chance to live well and enjoy what we’ve always loved to do, long before our first grey hair appeared. Vitality is the spark that enables us to live purposefully and with joy. The foundation of vitality is health in all its forms. It’s eating nutritious foods,...