Why Being A Good Canadian Means Getting A Flu Shot

Welcome to the 2018/19 flu season. It arrives each year with a bit of fanfare. Signs that say “Get your flu shot now!” are scattered across hospitals and pharmacies across Canada and a slew of news reports look ahead at what to expect. About 10 to 20 percent of the population will get the flu, sidelining them from daily activities...

Happy Bladder = Happy Life: What You Need To Know

Bladder health is something we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about until something goes awry. It’s an important component in overall health that becomes increasing crucial as we age when problems like incontinence become more prevalent. The good news is that adopting some easy lifestyle habits, from improving hygiene to simply drinking more water, can make a...

Why You Should Consult A Dietitian for Nutrition Advice To Support Healthy Aging

Optimal nutrition to support each stage of life is essential, and healthy aging is no exception. As we grow older, there are some key nutrients that need special attention1. These include calcium, vitamin D, your B vitamins and iron (to name a few)1. More often than not, with decreasing food intake, these key nutrients are lacking in our diets2. If...

Shining a Light on the Unique Health Issues of Menopausal Women

Too often, the unique health issues of aging women are overlooked. An estimated five million women are of menopausal age in Canada. As the population ages, the need for specialized care will continue to grow. To address the challenge, the Mount Sinai’s Mature Women’s Health Program in Toronto is celebrating a $2 million dollar funding milestone, which will be used to...

Marriage Is Good For The Heart, Great For Finances, Too, Studies Say

Want to get richer? Get married! Curiosity regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s fairy tale marriage continues to grow following the announcement that the newlyweds are expecting a baby. The teaming of a successful actor with a member of the royal family also provides useful lessons about life and money. Just as power couples made up of actresses and royal family...

Living With Pain Hits Hard Emotionally, Physically And Financially

The statistics on pain and its impact are alarming. The Canadian economy takes a substantial hit because of it – more than $7-billion annually – according to the Global Pain Index. The study conducted by GSK found that Canadians are also missing work and family time due to pain. Its impact is multi-faceted and destructive physically, emotionally and financially. The research...

AGE-WELL, Canada’s Technology and Aging Network, Makes Plans For a Bold Future

What does renewal look like? If you ask any of the participants who attended the recent AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence: Creating the Future 2020-2025 consultation session at the University of Toronto in June 2018, their answer would perhaps resemble this: Renewal is a room of 100 or so engaged, passionate stakeholders from all walks of life, who...

Move It or Lose It: The Indisputable Link Between Mobility and Successful Aging

Move it or lose it
Ten years into retirement, Patricia Skidmore is still in awe of her ability to make change and lead an active life. Her outlook wasn’t always so hopeful. In her 50s, Skidmore, professor emeritus, Brescia College at the University of Western Ontario, was riddled with pain and resigned to hip replacement or back surgery. “I thought I was headed for a...

The Future of Sun Protection: Canadian Company Develops Wearable Device To Prevent Skin Damage

While it’s a good idea to wear sun protection all year round, it’s especially important during the hot summer months when days are longer and the sun is more intense. Most of us have experienced the painful after effects of too much sun – the redness, the itching, the peeling skin. Even if you diligently applied sunscreen before you...

Poor Sleep Quality Linked To 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...