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,...

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...

Aging Shouldn’t Take Your Breath Away: Learn More About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

It’s a disease two million of us live with – and we estimate that one million more Canadians may have it without their knowledge. So, what makes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) the most common chronic illness nobody’s breathing a word about? When blogger and advocate Barbara Moore was diagnosed with the disease in 2015, she found herself with a lot to learn...

Medical Breakthrough: Researchers Develop A Material To Repair Cardiac Tissue After A Heart Attack

Scientists at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) have cooked up the first human protein gel material capable of repairing damaged heart tissue after a heart attack. The gel, made from recombinant human collagen in the BioEngineering and Therapeutic Solutions (BEaTS) laboratory of the UOHI, is an “unprecedented leap forward” in addressing repair of cardiac muscle after a heart...

A New Powered Wheelchair Helps Boost Independence For Users, Thanks To New Tech

“A lifesaver.” That’s what powered wheelchair user Herman Witlox calls Braze Mobility’s obstacle-detection system, a new-to-market technology that transforms a regular wheelchair into a “smart” wheelchair. Witlox helped beta-test the Canadian innovation, which is poised to open up the world to people with limited mobility by helping avoid collisions when, for instance, manoeuvering in tight spaces or backing up. It’s...

Embrace Intimacy And End The Stigma Around Vaginal Dryness, Says Dr. Marla Shapiro

Most women practise a ritualistic skincare regime that involves moisturizing everything from the delicate skin around the eyes to the cracks on the soles of the feet. But what about vaginas? Don’t they deserve a little TLC, too? Now before you roll your eyes and say, “Not another thing to add to my to-do list!” please note this isn’t about...

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...

What Are Your Blood Pressure Numbers Telling You About Your Health?

Here's a sobering fact: Heart disease, including coronary heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), and stroke, remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Hypertension is a top risk factor for developing the condition. The good news is that it is preventable and treatable. Time to cuff up and get your reading Monitoring blood pressure takes only a few minutes. Measuring your blood...