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Learnings from the challenges of our COVID-19 vaccine rollout: It’s time to build a Canadian Vulnerable Persons Registry

Canada’s vaccine rollout has been a pendulum oscillating from one extreme to another – an exercise which has left Canadians feeling weighed down by a healthcare system that is less than the pride and joy we’ve touted it as for decades. With the country coming out of another lockdown after enduring a second wave of COVID-19, I’m left disappointed that our most vulnerable populations are still questioning as to when they’ll be vaccinated. How is this our reality? Our universal healthcare model isn’t universal. The vaccine rollout is a stark reminder that our system is tiered, outdated and mired by racial, economic, gender and age inequities. It’s a headshake and a growing example for other countries of what not to do in a pandemic. To say that Canada’s vaccine rollout has been suboptimal is an understatement.[...]

3 ways to beat the winter blues

A new year has arrived, the holidays are officially behind us and winter is in full swing. With containment in many parts of the country to control the pandemic, many people may face the winter blues. Whether it's feelings of sadness, fatigue, or loneliness, many people feel bad. In fact, about 1 in 4 Canadians suffer from some form of seasonal depression at this time of year. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to ease the winter gloom by improving your physical and mental health.[...]

The secret to living is giving: “How open-heart surgery inspired me to live a philanthropic life”

Having open-heart surgery has improved MedicAlert Subscriber Peter Findlay’s life, and he now has the energy to live his life more freely. After having his aortic valve replaced, Peter decided to sign up for MedicAlert to ensure he was protected in case a medical emergency happened.[...]

How MedicAlert® gave a young woman living with epilepsy back her freedom and independence

Holly Taylor had a great childhood growing up. She was a fit and active child who enjoyed bike riding with friends, playing baseball, swimming, and spending time with her family. With her healthy start to life, her family had no reason to believe she would be at risk of any development issues. [...]

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