‘Note’-worthy: Okanagan Choir Sings Its Way to Health

It might look like a typical choir practice, but the three dozen or so community members who gather at the Okanagan Mission Activity Centre in Sarsons Beach, Kelowna, B.C. every Monday morning aren’t there just for a singalong. While singing is high on the agenda, Silver Song Group provides participants with much more than an earful of enjoyable music. Run...

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...

Smile! Straight Talk about Orthodontics After Age 45

If your smile is less than dazzling, brace yourself: Adult orthodontics is a hot trend. Today’s materials are lighter, cheaper and more effective than the ‘metal mouth’ options we grew up with. The number of adults choosing to straighten their teeth and improve their smile has increased by 40 percent in the past two decades, according to the American...

Before You Take Off On Your Next Vacation, Protect Yourself With The Right Vaccinations

If you've ever caught a bug while travelling, you know that being sick on the fly is a real vacation spoiler. It's true that globetrotting exposes us to wonderful new things, but there is a risk of being exposed to some harmful ones as well. For Canadians looking to make international travel plans, there is a wide range of preventative...

Get A Leg Up on Compression Stockings – Fun, Fashionable and Potentially Lifesaving

If you’ve been ignoring your tired, achy or swollen legs because you’re worried compression stockings will make you look frumpy, it’s time to update your thinking. In terms of fashion and feel, they have come a long way. Thirty or 40 years ago, compression stockings “were not the prettiest, not the most comfortable the materials weren't as good,” acknowledges...

Breathe Easy: Late-Onset Asthma Need Not Disrupt Your Life

Chris Haromy has lived with asthma since childhood. He is also a registered respiratory therapist and certified respiratory educator with The Lung Association – Ontario. “I’ve learned to stay on top of my asthma, constantly monitoring my health, taking all of my medication as prescribed, and living a healthy lifestyle.” When he’s not in the office, he is often...

C’mon Get Happy! 17 Ways To Add More Joy To Your World

After decades of focusing on topics like depression and anxiety, psychology has finally turned its attention to a sunnier subject – that of happiness. It’s about time. Getting serious about getting happy is important to our mental and physical well-being. Those who view life looking on the sunny side of things are healthier, more successful, have more fun in the...

Changing The Future of Aging Through Innovative Technologies At The 2018 AGE-WELL Conference

In Vancouver last October, exhibitors at the AGE-WELL annual conference understood that Canada’s aging population continues to look for innovative ways to improve the aging experience, empower their independence and provide more choices. The creativity and ingenuity of these exhibitors demonstrated their devoted to creating a better quality of life for older adults and caregivers while generating social and...

A Cardiologist Answers The Question: “Is Sitting The New Smoking?”

If you are sitting while reading this, you may want to stand. Dr. David Alter, a cardiologist and senior scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI), says that while sitting may not be as bad for your health as smoking, it’s still pretty bad. “Smoking can decrease your life expectancy by 10 years whereas sitting can by three years. But...

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...