AGE-WELL Identifies 8 Key Challenge Areas Shaping The Future of Aging

An aging population means that there are challenges on the horizon on how to best meet its needs. AGE-WELL, a Canadian network of researchers, older adults, caregivers, partner organizations and future leaders, is helping to create solutions by accelerating the delivery of technology that will make a difference to Canadians and the world. But how best to shape the...

Flu shot? Done! Now Get Vaccinated Against The Dangers of Pneumonia

For many Canadians, the arrival of winter signals a season of the extra vigilance needed when it comes to taking precautions to protect their health. Fears of catching a cold or getting the flu, a simple cough or sniffle can send us running post haste to the pharmacy to stock up on vitamin C or sign up for the...

Expert Tips On How to Prevent Knee Damage Leading To Arthritis

While our knees may be among the most vulnerable joints to osteoarthritis, that doesn’t mean we can’t prevent damage that leads to the highly common and debilitating condition, according to a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. “Arthritis isn’t always preventable, and more than half of us will have signs of osteoarthritis by...

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...

A Group of Older Runners On Salt Spring Island Achieve Personal Bests and Podium Finishes

Is there something in the water, or is it the idyllic island setting off the coast of B.C.? Science, perhaps? Salt Spring Island, located in the Strait of Georgia between mainland BC and Vancouver Island, is home to a group of senior athletes who call themselves 'The Sneakers.' They are redefining what it means to be active. Led by their...

Technology’s Stand On Fall Prevention

When it comes to falls, especially those that irreparably sideline people’s lives, Canadians needn’t take it lying down. Innovators across Canada are developing wearable sensors, technological devices that incorporate artificial intelligence, and re-engineered footwear to disrupt the crisis of falling.   When Dr. Alex Mihailidis spoke at the Falls Prevention Conference in June 2018 in St. John’s, NL, his audience didn’t hear...

Baubles with Brains: Smart Jewellery Unites Fashion and Function

As I sit at my desk, my fitness tracker buzzes every now and then to remind me to get up and move – after all, sitting is the new smoking, and long periods of inactivity are detrimental to health. While I appreciate the reminder, sometimes I can’t help staring at my trusty cheerleader and wishing it were a bit...

Boomers “Reroute” To Bypass Healthcare Obstacles

It was a Wednesday in early summer 2017 when Tricia Ryan’s life changed forever.  The day before, the Toronto woman, who works as the director of food and beverage research at the Food Innovation & Research Studio at George Brown College, had visited her family doctor complaining of abdominal discomfort.  Ryan’s doctor sent her for an ultrasound, which revealed a mass...

AGE-WELL 2018: Fostering Real-World Solutions To Support Healthy Aging

The fourth annual AGE-WELL conference in Vancouver made headlines around the globe. Canadian researchers came together with industry, non-profit and government sectors, and older adults and caregivers, united by a passion to change the future of aging through innovative technologies, services, policies and practices. For full coverage including the keynote address from Telus Health's Dr. Brendan Byrne, visit youareunltd.com....

Light Therapy and 7 More Ways to Brighten Dark Winter Days

Lori Dudley remembers thinking: “I just want to leave on a one-way ticket somewhere and not come back.” At the time, the 53-year-old Ottawa-area resident was experiencing severe fatigue, moodiness and a lack of motivation. The normally driven and energetic healthcare executive eventually recognized a pattern to these symptoms. They would hit her like a ton of bricks in...