How Technology Is Helping To Reduce Isolation – One of Caregiving’s Toughest Challenges

Donna Thomson is thankful for the role that digital technology played while she was taking care of her mother who died at age 96 last summer. “It gave me peace of mind,” the Ottawa resident recalls. “It provided us with the information we needed to find the right assisted living facility for her in Montreal.” Without access to that information,...

Canadian Veteran, 91, Embraces New Tech Platform To Connect With Family And Friends

Richard Ratcliffe, soon to be 91, has had his life transformed over the past three years thanks to Connections, an AGE-WELL-supported communications platform designed to prevent social isolation by keeping older adults in contact with family and friends. Life had become lonely for the war veteran and career naval officer because of profound hearing loss from “being a little too...

Be Part Of History on May 5! Help Set A World Record For The Most Osteoporosis Screenings In 24 Hours

Osteoporosis is often called ‘the silent disease’ because bone loss can’t be seen or felt. It’s time to raise awareness and break the silence around this important issue. That will happen on Sunday, May 5, when we’ll make some noise and loudly cheer on Amgen Canada as it hosts Break Records, Not Bones – a unique event that is the...

Combat Pain With These 6 Essential Apps For Charting And Monitoring It

Six million people in Canada live with some form of chronic pain, according to recent estimates by Statistics Canada. Long-term chronic pain can be complex, and the causes varied – including inflammation, injury, an underlying medical condition such as cancer. Other times, there may be no defining cause, such as in the case of fibromyalgia or chronic headaches. “A pain...

Reality Check: Not Just Women Are Affected By Osteoporosis. We’re All At Risk.

Osteoporosis? Not me. Some people believe that they are not at risk for this disease behind a loss of bone density, both in quality and quantity – a precursor to potential fractures that can seriously impair our ability to live life to the fullest. Myths around bone health persist, everything from thinking osteoporosis only affects the elderly to holding onto...

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...

Canada’s Technology And Aging Network Unveils 24 Exciting Research Projects

The AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence is announcing a set of 24 research projects from across Canada that are poised to deliver real-world benefits for the aging population and their caregivers. Dr. Cosmin Munteanu (University of Toronto) will create interactive apps to reduce older adults’ social isolation. The projects are led by 50 researchers at 19 universities and research centres across...

Music Helps Those Living With Dementia By Hitting All The Right Notes

When words fail, music speaks. Currently, 564,000 Canadians are living with dementia. According to the Alzheimer Society Canada, that number will increase by another 66 percent by 2031. While the causes of dementia are not fully known, studies show the power of music can be benefit to those with the disease. Music helps with memory and attention, manage emotional and mental...

One Daughter’s Quest To Understand Dementia And How To Prevent It After Her Father’s Diagnosis

My father suffered from mixed dementia – vascular dementia and probable Alzheimer’s disease. There are few things that aging baby boomers fear more than a diagnosis of dementia, a terminal disease that robs one of memory and function. “Dementia is the greatest global challenge for health and social care in the 21st century." –The Lancet Millions of people around the world suffer...

Pilot Project Allows Nova Scotians To Age At Home With Google Home Device

As winter 2017 was approaching, John Hamblin decided to head south to Arizona. The Halifax entrepreneur expected to breathe a little easier in the dry, desert heat and spend well-earned down time relaxing in the blazing sun. Instead, he found himself actively reaching out to technology companies with an idea for reducing social isolation and making life a little...