Plugged In! 7 In 10 Canadians Over Age 65 Feel Confident About Technology Use And 86 Per Cent Are Online Daily

A new survey commissioned by AGE-WELL, a federally funded Network of Centres of Excellence, and conducted by Environics Research, offers a number of fresh insights into the attitudes of Canadians over the age of 65 and 50-64 toward aging, health and technology. The survey was conducted July 11 – 30, 2019 with over 2,000 Canadians 50 years of age...

15 Health Facts Guys Need To Know About How To Live A Longer Life

Did you know that 85 per cent of Canadian men exceed their daily recommended sodium intake or that smoking doubles the likelihood of a guy experiencing erectile dysfunction? Were you aware that 80 per cent of suicides in Canada are men? These health factoids can be bitter pills to swallow – but men need to listen up. Much of what...

Caregivers And Canada’s Pharmacists Benefit From A Strong, Supportive Relationship

The role of pharmacists has evolved in bold new directions. They are an integral part of the overall healthcare picture in Canada, providing support and resources to the people in their communities. One of the challenges for pharmacists is identifying a family member or friend providing unpaid care to a loved one with a physical, cognitive or mental health condition,...

10 Common Myths About Aging Busted, Courtesy of Activist Ashton Applewhite

Sassy. Smart. No-nonsense. Empowering. Bold. Smart (we said that already?). That string of adjectives describes Ashton Applewhite, the U.S.-born writer-activist who originated This Chair Rocks, the hugely popular anti-ageism project, and wrote the bestseller, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She regularly engages, shocks, informs and delights on her blog, “Yo, Is This Ageist?”  “How ageism warps our view of...

Leak Not, Want Not. You Can Successfully Manage An Overactive Bladder

Wendy Hill knows the shame of wetting her pants in public. Make no mistake, her stories aren’t distant memories of elementary school mishaps. They represent the 50 year old’s current reality . She experiences accidents because of overactive bladder (OAB). They happen at the most awkward times – at a work team-building event with colleagues, which triggered a panic attack,...

Game On! Research Shows How Playing Video Games Boost Brain Function

“Stop playing those games, you’ll rot your brain!” said every game-fatigued parent ever. So, imagine your surprise when the doctor prescribes a daily round of Solitaire or a shooter game to keep your memory and reflexes sharp. It might sound bizarre at first, but the latest research hints that video games could be a solution to prevent or slow cognitive...

Eat Well, Live Well: Research Shows Healthy Aging Is Fuelled By Good Nutrition

To help age well and maintain vitality, getting the right nutrition should be a top priority. Our need for nutrients changes as our bodies do, underscoring the importance of healthy eating to live our best lives. “Good nutrition becomes even more important in our later years than it was in our 30s and 40s,” explains Rosie Schwartz, a Toronto-based dietitian...

Be Book Smart And Keep Your Brain Sharp By Reading

Some of the benefits of reading are well known. It’s a perfect way to gain knowledge, keep current or be entertained, too. Its health boosting qualities are less known, but a growing body of research is pushing them into the forefront with news about reading’s ability to improve brain health, from creating new neuro-pathways to strengthening short-term memory recall...

Supercharge Your Brain Power With These 5 Easy, Healthy Habits

Brain health and healthy aging go hand in hand. We all want to live a long life, but with quality to our days, not merely quantity. This means taking action now to protect our brains so that as we age, we sustain the ability to remember, learn, engage, maintain a clear mind and enjoy life. Here’s how:  Exercise As...

Focus On Sleeping Better To Help Prevent Cognitive Decline, Dementia and Memory Loss

Sleep is as important to our health as good nutrition and regular exercise. Not getting enough sleep is detrimental to daytime functioning – to our mood, energy, concentration and reaction time – and over the long term, it contributes to obesity and the risk of serious illness. But according to psychiatrist and sleep specialist Dr. Alex Dimitriu, sleepless nights...