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...

Shining a Light on the Unique Health Issues of Menopausal Women

Too often, the unique health issues of aging women are overlooked. An estimated five million women are of menopausal age in Canada. As the population ages, the need for specialized care will continue to grow. To address the challenge, the Mount Sinai’s Mature Women’s Health Program in Toronto is celebrating a $2 million dollar funding milestone, which will be used to...

Ottawa Heart Institute Debuts State-of-the-Art Facility

Robotics, 3-D imaging, and new operating rooms aim to address soaring demand for critical cardiac care The University of Ottawa Heart Institute was out of space and out of time as it struggled to deal with the increased need for cardiac care with an aging population. It needed to grow and right away. That sparked an ambitious expansion, featuring a...

Wheelchair Users Enjoy New Freedom, Thanks to “Smart” Sensors from Braze Mobility

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“Cars have sensors. Why can’t wheelchairs?” That was the question that consumed Dr. Pooja Viswanathan for almost a decade – so much so that she started Braze Mobility, a company that manufactures sensors for wheelchairs. As its CEO and co-founder, she is helping to revolutionize the industry and make the world a safer, more accessible place for people with disabilities. Seeking...

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...

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...

Talking Toilets and Silver Skivvies

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world’s premiere launchpad for the latest and greatest in technology. With over 4,000 exhibiting companies, it’s not surprising that some of the debutantes on parade raise a few eyebrows. Here are six of the strangest health and wellness products that were showcased this year: Kohler Numi Toilet A voice-activated toilet may not be at...

Looking to the Future: The New Direction of Global Healthcare

Looking into the crystal ball is not just for fortune tellers, and the predictions of many consulting companies can translate into big money. Frost & Sullivan is one such consultant, and they’ve made some bold predictions for the global healthcare industry, an area they say will grow by almost 5 percent in 2018. “Even though 2017 was a year full...

The Gift of Caring for Others

There's something special about caring for others that goes beyond altruism. Helping others can have real health benefits, including increased happiness, a reduction in depression and a sense of positive personal growth. Enjoy some of our favourite quotes about caregiving and its benefits below.