C’mon Get Happy! 17 Ways To Add More Joy To Your World

After decades of focusing on topics like depression and anxiety, psychology has finally turned its attention to a sunnier subject – that of happiness. It’s about time. Getting serious about getting happy is important to our mental and physical well-being. Those who view life looking on the sunny side of things are healthier, more successful, have more fun in the...

5 Tips To Make Healthy Eating Easier Just In Time For Nutrition Month

Dietitians play a role in helping Canadians understand how food impacts their health and how to use food to enhance their lives. Dietitians can show you how to select and prepare foods to help keep you energized or prevent or manage many chronic conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and celiac disease. Almost half of Canadians say that eating a...

Our Ability to Improve the Lives of Aging Canadians Is in Peril

Teamwork between multiple sectors is the lifeblood of technological innovation in Canada – especially as we strive to improve the lives of older Canadians. So why is the Networks of Centres of Excellence initiative, which provides such essential collaboration and support, being phased out? A personalized activity technology proved to be a game-changer for many long-term care residents with dementia....

Women Who Take Charge Of Their Sexual Health Promote Lifelong Intimacy: Study

Sex & Relationships: Q&A with Damiva CEO Chia Chia Sun “Enough beating around the bush. Let’s talk about your vagina.” This is the call to action for Damiva, a Canadian women’s health company that develops 100 percent natural products for menopausal health. I stopped beating around the bush and asked its CEO Chia Chia Sun about the results of her...

Employee-Caregivers Need Companies To Step Up With New Guidelines

Gary Leblanc knows the trials of juggling work and domestic responsibilities. The 58-year-old full-time waiter in an upscale Ottawa restaurant is the primary caregiver of his wife, who has Parkinson’s disease. “I have to cook all the meals, bathe her, get her dressed,” he says. While a paid caregiver comes in two hours a day, Leblanc devotes several hours...

Good Nutrition Linked To The Brain’s Ability To Heal After A Stroke

Living well after a stroke is possible, thanks to earlier detection, better recognition and treatment options. But one Saskatchewan researcher is taking a different tact and looking at the role that nutrition can play in how well or how poorly those who have had strokes can recover. Dr. Phyllis Paterson, a professor of nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan, is...

Playing Games Serves As A Therapeutic And Diagnostic Tool For Dementia Patients

Games are typically designed for entertainment, but “serious games” have become popular for training, wellness and other important applications. And there is a need for serious gaming for the older adults. With our increasing aging population comes corresponding increases in age-related conditions associated with impaired cognitive status, and gaming can be applied for cognitive assessments. “Individuals with cognitive impairments may benefit...

Remember Canada’s Food Guide? Learn About Its Extensive New Makeover Here

You may remember learning about Canada’s Food Guide in school and its brightly coloured rainbow depicting the types of foods and the number of servings you should have per day. It may surprise you to learn that this version of the food guide had not been updated until 12 years ago. With chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and...

9 Topics Experts Predict Will Dramatically Impact How We Age In 2019

There’s no downloadable crystal ball app to predict what will happen – or not happen – in the lives of older Canadians in 2019. However, YouAreUNLTD checked in with the experts to suss out the hot topics trending for the year ahead. Here's what they predicted: Artificial intelligence AI, as it’s commonly known, is the use of computer systems that are...

Go With The Flow: Slow Down Your Exercise Routine With Tai Chi

William Leclair had much to celebrate when he approached his 55th birthday three years ago. The Toronto-based communications specialist was fulfilled in his career, proud of his family and he took delight in his circle of close longtime friends. “All things considered, I was in a happy place in my life,” says Leclair. What he did not celebrate was the...