Cranky? Irritable? Fatigue? Forgetful? It Might Be Male Menopause

“We’ve always been kitchen-klatch people,” says 55-year-old Daniel Kenney about himself and his four older siblings, the eldest of whom is 65. “The kitchen is where we have the best conversations as grownups, just my brothers, our respective partners sans kids, nieces or nephews. Our monthly get-togethers typically involve a huge potluck, which means lots of dirty pots and pans,...

Worried About Cognitive Decline And Dementia? Take An At-Home Test To Detect Early Symptoms

With dementia rates rising sharply in Canada and around the world, it’s not surprising that researchers have been focusing on ways to spot the condition earlier. Globally, someone is diagnosed with dementia every three seconds and there are 10 million new cases each year – truly alarming statistics. At-home tests have become increasingly popular. One of the latest to be...

Fibre Is Nutrition’s Smooth Operator. Do You Think You Are Really Getting Enough?

Here's a fun fact: The adult digestive system can be up to 30 feet (9.1 metres) – about the same length as five refrigerators stacked up on top of one another. Every inch of it is important for breaking down our food and absorbing it to provide nutrition and energy.1 Eventually, any undigested food passes through the body and is...

How Vitamin D Can Help Bolster Your Immune System And Knock Down Disease

We often hear about how vitamin D helps our body absorb calcium. While it is a key player in bone health, that is not the only role it has in our body. In fact, almost every cell has a vitamin D receptor.1. Vitamin D influences the bones, intestines, immune and cardiovascular systems, pancreas, muscles, and brain.1 It is a fat soluble...

Clinical Trials Are Crucial Tools That Lead To Better Patient Outcomes

As a scientist, patient advocate and healthcare consumer, I know clinical trials are essential in the research and development of new treatments that encompass everything from drugs to innovative medical devices, lifestyle changes and other valuable healthcare interventions. While most people think of scientists and doctors developing life-changing treatments, in reality, people like you – healthy people and those of...

Erectile Dysfunction Does Not Mean The End To An Active Sex Life

Michael Russer, now 68, developed erectile dysfunction after surgery for prostate cancer in 2011. “I never really experienced depression, which is a state in which far too many men find themselves stuck,” says the co-founder of CancerIntimacyHelp.com and the Santa Barbara, CA-based CEO of Russer Communication. While depression can cause erectile dysfunction, it’s often the result of it, too. Many men define...

How Your Eating Habits Should Change As You Age

It’s easy for a 20 year old to get away with nutrition abuses – a sugar-laden cinnamon bun for breakfast and greasy slices of pizza for dinner. Later on in life, the body is less forgiving of such indulgences. It’s a reminder that as we get older and wiser, how we eat and what we eat needs to evolve...

AGE-WELL’s Startup Competition Returns to Recognize Top Innovators In Canada’s Technology And Aging Sector

Are you an entrepreneur or startup with a technology-based solution that can support the health and quality of life of seniors or their caregivers? The AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge is back for another run in 2020. This national competition recognizes top startups and supports entrepreneurship in Canada’s technology and aging sector. Winners will receive $20,000 in cash plus in-kind prizes. Finalists will pitch...

Got The Winter Blues Or Is It Something More Serious? How To Spot A Mood Disorder

We all feel down, or blue, or sad, at times. Sadness is a natural human emotion, usually triggered by a loss, disappointment, or major life change. An estimated 5 to 10 percent of older Canadians will experience a depressive disorder that is serious enough to require treatment, according to Mood Disorders Disorders Society of Canada. Sadly, 90 percent will not...

We Asked A Cardiologist: Is Sitting Just As Bad As Smoking For Your Health?

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...