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...

Does Your Unique Biological Blueprint Hold the Secret to a Longer Life?

When car manuals were still issued in print, we all had a slightly better idea of how our vehicles worked. At the very least, we had information readily available so we could understand what the light on the dash was telling us. Now imagine if our bodies came with a similar manual, or a unique set of schematics. The...

New Guidelines Introduced To Help Those Living With Dementia Reduce Their Risk Of Becoming Lost

In Canada, more 750,000 people live with dementia. An estimated 60 per cent will go missing at least once, according to the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. “Watch the news and you’ll hear about another older adult with dementia who has gone missing,” says Noelannah Neubauer, an AGE-WELL trainee (AGE-WELL is Canada's Technology and Aging Network), who is working to...

What Happens When Mom Or Dad Moves In With Their Adult Child And Partner

Are you thinking of having an elderly parent move in with you and your partner? If so, Carol Bradley Bursack has some advice. I spoke to the veteran caregiver, columnist and the author of Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories by phone from her home in North Dakota. YAU: There is a trend of older parents moving in with their...

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...

Ouch! How To Ease The Impact Of Lower Back Pain And Sciatica

Lower back pain, which include sciatica, is the leading cause of years living with disability worldwide. And it remains the leading reason for physician consultations among people under 60 years of age in Canada. Estimates of lifetime prevalence of low back pain in the adult general population are variable across studies but have been reported to be as high as 84...

CAMH Experts Shine A Light on Promoting Mental Health In Later Years

In this Q&A with CAMH's leading experts in late-life mental health, we explore the mental health concerns that affect older Canadians and how CAMH researchers are addressing these issues. Dr. Bruce G. Pollock heads all aspects of CAMH’s research as vice president of research. He has been newly named as the inaugural Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Late-Life Mental Health...

How To Tame The Anxiety And Worries That Dominate Thoughts As We Age

Anxiety problems among older adults is common, but often not recognized, according to CAMH. As we grow older, there can be a tendency to worry about the future – our health, our finances, caregiving responsibilities, whether we can age in place at home, and relationships with family and friends. It’s normal, but up to a point. For someone with...

CAMH Study Examines Whether A Blood Test Could Guide Care for Those With Late-Life Depression

A blood test that measures the impact of aging on cells could help to guide care among older adults with depression. It could be used to identify those at higher risk of dementia and potentially other health issues that are common in those with late-life depression. The test, known as the SASP index – which stands for “senescence-associated secretory phenotype”...

TELUS Ventures Invests In Moving Bold Ideas Forward In Healthcare

TELUS Ventures is investing in three Canadian precision medicine and diagnostics-focused start-ups as part of its larger goal to help develop exciting, new health technologies with the potential to improve the health outcomes of people across Canada and around the world through the delivery of customized and timely patient care. TELUS Ventures has more than 30 other active investment companies...