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...

Protect Your Brain Health Now To Prevent Memory Loss Later In Life

Healthy aging is a lifelong process. We want to optimize opportunities for improving and preserving all aspects of health: physical, social and mental wellness and independence. We all want to live a long life, but also, a life that is meaningful, with quality to our days, not merely quantity. How can we promote quality of life and enhance successful life-course...

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...

Vitamins and Minerals Linked to Mental Health, Says University Of Calgary Researcher

In an era when many people look down at their waistlines to assess nutritional health, Dr. Bonnie Kaplan, a researcher at the University of Calgary, is looking up instead. She calls it “nutrition above the neck.” It’s a field of medical study that is seeing rapid growth, thanks to a small group of committed disruptors like herself. They’ve overcome strong...

Researchers Look To New Drug Therapies To Slow The Progression Of Alzheimer’s

Two recently published research studies are generating buzz for new discoveries about Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. It’s easy to understand why. The need for fresh treatments is great. According to an Alzheimer's Disease International 2016 report, more than 47 million people worldwide are affected by the condition. In Canada, 564,00 people are living with dementia. By...

Are You Getting Enough Protein To Maintain Good Health And Help Reduce Muscle Loss?

Protein plays an integral role in your health. The body needs it to build bone, muscle, cartilage, enzymes, organs, hormones and skin tissue. Its importance is well understood, including how the need for protein changes with age. Available scientific data notes that inadequate protein intake, especially later in life, may cause health problems. When we don't get enough, our bodies...

Drink Up: Your Coffee Habit May Have Serious Health Perks

Judging by the latest research, it’s not hard to imagine a day in the near future that coffee producers may start touting the health benefits of the beverage. From improving cognitive abilities to lowering the risk of some types of cancer (like liver, for example), type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s, it seems that there are some powerful properties packed...

Break Myths, Not Bones: Why Understanding Osteoporosis Is Critical For Healthy Aging

Bone health is a cornerstone of good health. Yet it’s not something we give much thought to until it is too late and suffer a fracture. Myths endure around osteoporosis, preventing us from making good nutrition and smart lifestyle choices to keep the disease at bay. Not being cognizant of the role bone health plays in being able to age...