Monday, September 24, 2018

Dench, Smith, Plowright, Atkins – Four Dames, One Amazing Documentary

Director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) brings together four incredible actors in Tea with the Dames – Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright and Eileen Atkins – in a documentary that celebrates their collective and individual accomplishments. The film, which opened in theatres on September 21, allows these women to let it rip on a variety of subjects, from stage fright...

New Approaches For Treating Chronic Pain From the President of the Canadian Association of Orthopaedic Medicine

Chronic pain is the number one cause of disability in older adults 1and the number two cause of workplace absences and of visits to the family doctor. As an interventional physiatrist based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, and the Canadian Centre for Integrative Medicine in Markham, ON, I see firsthand the toll chronic pain takes on individuals...

Canada’s Indigenous Communities Can Teach Us Much About Aging And Wisdom

Western cultures see aging through the narrow, warped lens of health and disease, chronic illness and disability. Being independent for as long as possible is highly valued. People are impressed, for example, that my 95-year-old father lives alone, shops for his own groceries, cooks his own meals and keeps up with current events. On the other hand, Indigenous cultures take...

Winnipeg Photographer Marks His 50th By Celebrating The Lives of Others Through Images

To celebrate his milestone birthday, Winnipeg-based photographer Ian McCausland opted for conversations instead of cake. In his compelling project, FiftyX50.com, he set out to interview and photograph 50 people in the year they turned 50. While all his subjects walked away with well-written profiles and stunning portraits, McCausland himself may have gathered the best gifts.  Q: Why did you decide to...

Can A New eConsult Service Cure What Ails Health Care in Canada?

Limited access to specialist care is a major barrier to health care in Canada. But what started as a pilot project by two frustrated doctors from Ontario is now prompting healthcare providers to rethink the traditional (and time consuming) consultant referral model. Champlain BASE is a secure, web-based tool that allows family doctors to quickly access specialist care for their...

How To Combat Ageism In the Workplace? One Expert Says Communication Is Key

As authors Warren Bennis and Robert J. Thomas report in their book, Geeks and Geezers: How Era, Values, and Defining Moments Shape Leaders, each generation within today’s workforce is defined and influenced differently. That can create discord. Older workers may feel ignored. Millennials are targeted (unjustly at times) as “the privileged generation.” And there are the GenXers and GenYers who...

Fight For Answers: 10 Strategies To Master The Art Of Healthcare Advocacy

Ageism is pervasive in all aspects of our culture, and healthcare is not immune. Just ask Laura Fern, who for two years braved a host of increasingly debilitating symptoms, some of which fit with her existing medical conditions while others did not. With each baffling symptom came another medication (which Fern politely accepted), but few answers. Sound familiar? Finally, her...

The Gift of Growing Older Means Being Able To Crank Up The Empathy

I remember when I was a kid watching a Disney movie with my family about a lost dog. I sat there with all the faux sophistication of a 17-year-old and rolled my eyes about how sappy the movie was. Somewhere off to my left, I heard my father sniff. Now, it wasn’t allergy season when this happened and even...

A Gerontologist/Author Offers Her Best Advice On Creating Long-Term Care Plans For Loved Ones

At some point, many adult children will find themselves in a position where they need to assist in the planning of long-term care for a parent. The choices are overwhelming. Mary Jo Saavedra, a gerontologist and Certified Aging Life Care Professional (CMC), wrote Eldercare 101: A Practical Guide to Later Life, Planning, Care and Wellbeing. It provides comprehensive, straight forward...

AGE-WELL Volunteers Shape Real-World Solutions For An Aging Population

Volunteer work can be very satisfying, especially after retirement when more time is at your disposal. On the other hand, you don’t want to be caught with a volunteering commitment that ends up feeling like a part-time job (minus the pay). If you’re looking to help make a difference at a pace that suits your schedule, AGE-WELL may be...