World Mental Health Day

October 10th is mental health awareness day. It is a day where, as a society, we recognize the effect of mental illness on many of those around us and acknowledge that asking for help does not show weakness. Exercise has been proposed as a beneficial and effective form of treatment for mental health issues. The…

September is Healthy Aging Month!

So how can you ensure healthy aging for yourself and your loved ones? There are 5 key areas that can promote and improve healthy aging in all individuals! 1) Social Connectedness Social connectedness relates to the value and quality of our relationships and has a positive affect on our wellbeing and ability to cope with…

The brain-changing benefits of exercise

What’s the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory — and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Wendy Suzuki | TEDWomen 2017

Living with ALS

Most of us remember the ice bucket challenge that went viral on social media between July and August of 2014. The challenge was a fantastic fundraiser for ALS organizations around the world and also helped raised awareness of the disease. Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 people in Canada have ALS at this time and the condition…

Living with MS

Did you know? Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world, with an estimated 1 in every 340 Canadians living with the disease. While it is most often diagnosed in young adults aged 15 to 40, younger children and older adults are also diagnosed with the disease. MS is…

Here’s How Much Exercise You Need to Keep Your Brain Healthy

There’s no question that exercise is good for the body, and there is growing evidence that staying physically active can help slow the normal declines in brain function that come with age. Health groups recommend that adults try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-intense activity a week to keep their hearts healthy — but is that the…

Living with Parkinson’s Disease

For people with Parkinson’s disease, research has shown that: Physical activity is critical to maintaining balance, mobility, and activities of daily living. People who exercise a minimum of 2-3 hours per week have shown a slower decline in quality of life compared to those who don’t. Regular exercise may also facilitate a reduction in non-motor…

Alzheimer’s: Did You Know?

Did you know? Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia that interferes with memory, thinking and behaviour. Although research has shown this is not a normal part of aging, symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s usually develop over time and will gradually have a greater impact on one’s daily activities. Signs of Alzheimer’s: Memory – asking…