Finding Inspiration About Growing Older With TED Talks

There’s a certain ritual in celebrating the arrival of a new year: counting down the seconds until midnight, drinking a glass of champagne, hanging a fresh calendar on the wall. And while the simple fact of being able to greet another year should be cause for celebration, adults – once they have reached the age of majority – seem...

Why Bone Fractures Often Fail To Be Linked To Their True Cause – Osteoporosis

What typically happens when a post-menopausal woman goes to the hospital with a bone fracture in her wrist? She’s assessed by emergency room physicians, the break treated and is sent home. It may seem like a logical course of action until you consider that a fracture, especially in older women, is a red flag for osteoporosis. Over 80 per cent...

Retirement Living Ain’t What It Used To Be With A Focus on Upscale Offerings and More Activities

“It’s like opening up a present: you get it, you open it up, that ‘wow’ feeling of unexpected joy.” That might be how one you’d expect one to describe discovering a new city around the world, or spending time with your first grandchild, but moving to a retirement residence and it being “a feeling of unexpected joy”? If your only...

Sock It To You: Compression Wear Gets A Fresh, Hip Look

From top-tier athletes to frequent fliers, compression wear keeps up the pressure to maximize health benefits The rising popularity of compression socks can be chalked up to a couple of factors. First, they work and have a proven track record that dates back to the Middle Ages. Second, they’ve evolved out of the medical-use realm and now appeal to a...

AGE-WELL Conference Spotlights Exploring the Future of Technology and Aging

AGE-WELL’s 5th annual conference attracted more than 300 researchers, trainees, older adults, caregivers and partners from industry, government and the community who all share a goal: to support healthy aging through the development of technology-based solutions. Held on Oct. 22-24 in Moncton, the event showcased an extraordinary range of technologies being created by researchers and entrepreneurs supported by AGE-WELL, Canada’s...

Where To Find Help Navigating The Complex, Often Puzzling, Canadian Healthcare System

While not all of us will face a life-changing healthcare crisis – a frightening diagnosis, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer’s; an elderly parent or partner who needs immediate placement in long-term care; or a loved one with a serious illness – it’s important to understand how your life will change and what you can do. I have seen it...

Protect Your Brain Health Now To Prevent Memory Loss Later In Life

Healthy aging is a lifelong process. We want to optimize opportunities for improving and preserving all aspects of health: physical, social and mental wellness and independence. We all want to live a long life, but also, a life that is meaningful, with quality to our days, not merely quantity. How can we promote quality of life and enhance successful life-course...

Aging In Place For Homeowners Is Within Reach With Universal Design

When kids leave home or retirement begins, homeowners often downsize or build their dream home as part of the next chapter of their lives. Yet have we thought enough about whether the living space is ready for this next chapter? Will the next home support safety, comfort and independence for the long run? “No one thinks, ‘I’m going to need...

Drink Up: Your Coffee Habit May Have Serious Health Perks

Judging by the latest research, it’s not hard to imagine a day in the near future that coffee producers may start touting the health benefits of the beverage. From improving cognitive abilities to lowering the risk of some types of cancer (like liver, for example), type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s, it seems that there are some powerful properties packed...

Break Myths, Not Bones: Why Understanding Osteoporosis Is Critical For Healthy Aging

Bone health is a cornerstone of good health. Yet it’s not something we give much thought to until it is too late and suffer a fracture. Myths endure around osteoporosis, preventing us from making good nutrition and smart lifestyle choices to keep the disease at bay. Not being cognizant of the role bone health plays in being able to age...