Surgery In Paradise: Canadians Explore Cayman Islands for Destination Healthcare

Angela Bugera was desperate for a plan B. The Edmonton-based gallery owner needed a hip replacement and until she got one, her quality of life would be poor. At age 51, she was already using a cane and eventually neared the point where she required a wheelchair. Trying to run a business while in pain was far from ideal....

Keep Your Eye on the Prize: You’re Not Too Old for Laser Vision Correction Surgery

Every year, thousands of Canadians who want to forgo glasses look to laser vision correction surgery. However, there's a common belief that it's something you should do before age 40 (give or take a few years) to get the best results. But what about those of us with aging eyes? Are we candidates for this life-changing procedure? YouAreUNLTD turned to...

Our Ability to Improve the Lives of Aging Canadians Is in Peril

Teamwork between multiple sectors is the lifeblood of technological innovation in Canada – especially as we strive to improve the lives of older Canadians. So why is the Networks of Centres of Excellence initiative, which provides such essential collaboration and support, being phased out? A personalized activity technology proved to be a game-changer for many long-term care residents with dementia....

Women Who Take Charge Of Their Sexual Health Promote Lifelong Intimacy: Study

Sex & Relationships: Q&A with Damiva CEO Chia Chia Sun “Enough beating around the bush. Let’s talk about your vagina.” This is the call to action for Damiva, a Canadian women’s health company that develops 100 percent natural products for menopausal health. I stopped beating around the bush and asked its CEO Chia Chia Sun about the results of her...

Employee-Caregivers Need Companies To Step Up With New Guidelines

Gary Leblanc knows the trials of juggling work and domestic responsibilities. The 58-year-old full-time waiter in an upscale Ottawa restaurant is the primary caregiver of his wife, who has Parkinson’s disease. “I have to cook all the meals, bathe her, get her dressed,” he says. While a paid caregiver comes in two hours a day, Leblanc devotes several hours...

Good Nutrition Linked To The Brain’s Ability To Heal After A Stroke

Living well after a stroke is possible, thanks to earlier detection, better recognition and treatment options. But one Saskatchewan researcher is taking a different tact and looking at the role that nutrition can play in how well or how poorly those who have had strokes can recover. Dr. Phyllis Paterson, a professor of nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan, is...

Playing Games Serves As A Therapeutic And Diagnostic Tool For Dementia Patients

Games are typically designed for entertainment, but “serious games” have become popular for training, wellness and other important applications. And there is a need for serious gaming for the older adults. With our increasing aging population comes corresponding increases in age-related conditions associated with impaired cognitive status, and gaming can be applied for cognitive assessments. “Individuals with cognitive impairments may benefit...

Remember Canada’s Food Guide? Learn About Its Extensive New Makeover Here

You may remember learning about Canada’s Food Guide in school and its brightly coloured rainbow depicting the types of foods and the number of servings you should have per day. It may surprise you to learn that this version of the food guide had not been updated until 12 years ago. With chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and...

9 Topics Experts Predict Will Dramatically Impact How We Age In 2019

There’s no downloadable crystal ball app to predict what will happen – or not happen – in the lives of older Canadians in 2019. However, YouAreUNLTD checked in with the experts to suss out the hot topics trending for the year ahead. Here's what they predicted: Artificial intelligence AI, as it’s commonly known, is the use of computer systems that are...

Go With The Flow: Slow Down Your Exercise Routine With Tai Chi

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...