Why You Should Consult A Dietitian for Nutrition Advice To Support Healthy Aging

Optimal nutrition to support each stage of life is essential, and healthy aging is no exception. As we grow older, there are some key nutrients that need special attention1. These include calcium, vitamin D, your B vitamins and iron (to name a few)1. More often than not, with decreasing food intake, these key nutrients are lacking in our diets2. If...

Is It Time To Add Tai Chi To Your Exercise Routine?

William Leclair had much to celebrate when he approached his 55th birthday three years ago. The Toronto-based communications specialist was fulfilled in his career, proud of his family and he took delight in his circle of close longtime friends. “All things considered, I was in a happy place in my life,” says Leclair. What he did not celebrate was the...

How To Start The Conversation With Parents About Estate Planning

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." This quote has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin, who wrote the passage in a letter sent in 1789. Perhaps it's a touch ironic that when I asked Dr. Ajmal Razmy, Service Medical Director of Trillium Health Partners' Acute Care Mental Health Program in Mississauga, Ontario, to...

Plan Your Summer Vacation And Take The Grandkids, Too

The idea of travelling as a family has moved on from the Griswold family-type vacations with grandma, mom, dad and the kids road tripping in the family station wagon. Today, you’re more likely to find grandparents sharing their love of Spanish architecture, or hiking a volcano with their grandchildren. It’s not surprising. Family travel is currently one of the top...

Melanoma Rates Continue To Increase, Says Canadian Dermatology Association

The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) took the opportunity on World Melanoma Day (May 13) to urge Canadians to adopt sun-safe practices that will better protect them against melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. A new survey shows troubling trends in sun-safe behaviours among Canadians. This call to action from Canada’s certified dermatologists comes as the association releases new research...

Does Your Unique Biological Blueprint Hold the Secret to a Longer Life?

When car manuals were still issued in print, we all had a slightly better idea of how our vehicles worked. At the very least, we had information readily available so we could understand what the light on the dash was telling us. Now imagine if our bodies came with a similar manual, or a unique set of schematics. The...

New Guidelines Introduced To Help Those Living With Dementia Reduce Their Risk Of Becoming Lost

In Canada, more 750,000 people live with dementia. An estimated 60 per cent will go missing at least once, according to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. “Watch the news and you’ll hear about another older adult with dementia who has gone missing,” says Noelannah Neubauer, an AGE-WELL trainee (AGE-WELL is Canada's Technology and Aging Network), who is working to...

Fight Back Against Phone Fraud By Blocking Robocalls And Scammers With New Technology

Remember when answering the phone was a pleasure? When you looked forward to finding out who was on the line? These days, it feels like a game of Russian roulette. Will it be your favourite sister? An old friend? Someone wanting to clean your air ducts? Or, worse yet, a sophisticated telephone fraudster bent on scamming you, or someone...

Caregivers Find Much-Needed Information And Support Through ‘Huddol’

When her mother needed to transition to a higher level of care, Donna Thomson reached out to Huddol members for advice on housing and care options in Montreal. After co-caregiving for his aging parents, Rick Lauber joined Huddol to share what he had learned with other caregivers. Huddol is the country’s first cross-disease, cross-platform, bilingual collaborative network that aims to...

Coping With The Challenges Of Adult Children Taking Care Of Aging Parents

My father spent the last years of his life in a long-term care residence, suffering from dementia. My brother was his primary caregiver, which means he took greater responsibility for our father’s day-to-day care. I was involved more as a manager of social support. I communicated with the service providers and sometimes advocated on his behalf with his dietician,...