Expert Jim Danahy On Tackling The Challenges of Meeting The Needs Of The Boomer Pharmacy Customer

Pharmacists know too well the ongoing challenge of bridging the gap between being a clinician and a healthcare provider in a retail setting, where patients see themselves as consumers and have high expectations – not to mention high-levels of skepticism about service and advice. To gain insight into this new type of consumer, pharmacist Rosemarie Patodia spoke to retail and...

Can Poor Dental Health Contribute to a Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Once upon a time, people believed that oral health was not connected to anything else. Since that time, multiple studies have been done that prove otherwise. In fact, your oral health is linked to many different functions within your body. Science has linked oral hygiene to a lot of systems, from mental health to fertility in both men and women!...

Missed Medical Appointments Is An Issue That Demands Smarter Solutions

Whether due to long wait times or a lack of after-hour availability, 68 percent of Canadians have missed at least one doctor’s appointment, according to a 2017 Ipsos poll. Unfortunately, missed appointments can lead to delays in treatment and add costs to the healthcare system. Last year, Health PEI boosted awareness of the issue by posting publicly the number of missed...

Understanding Prevention and Pain Management Due to Degenerative Disc Disease

It would be logical to assume that degenerative disc disease – one of the most common spine problems in older adults – is actually a disease. However, this progression of changes in spinal discs due to injury, wear and tear, and aging isn’t a disease at all, but a sometimes-preventable condition that can lead to chronic pain, according to...

New Technology Helps Older Canadians Age In Place At Home Safely

Soon after turning 70, Marianne Buzza knew it was time to downsize. But it wasn’t about the size of the house. “I love to garden and had created a bit of a monster. We needed a smaller yard!” she says with a laugh. She and her husband, Wally, also wanted to live in the town of Wasaga Beach, ON, so...

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...

Analyzing Language Usage Opens The Door To Earlier Dementia Diagnosis

If dementia could be diagnosed earlier in patients, or even predict who might develop the disease later in life, it would mean nothing short of a revolution in dementia care. If caught early enough, steps could be taken that might prevent or delay its onset. With one in 10 Canadians at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease after age 65,...

How To Make A Positive Impact On Your Emotional Health Through ‘Good Mood’ Foods

“You are what you eat” applies to both your physical and emotional health. Do you wake up feeling sluggish? Feel irritable when the clock hits 2 pm? You might want to take a second look at what you’re putting on your plate. While most Canadians are aware that a balanced diet plays an important role in promoting good physical health, they...

The Latest Wrinkle In Beauty? New Research Finds Almonds Can Benefit Aging Skin

The Canada Food Guide highlights the importance of plant-based foods for good overall health, but could they help improve the look of skin, too? Emerging research from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) examined how regular almond snacking may offer benefits for aging skin. The pilot trial – the first of its kind to examine the impact of almonds...

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...