Exploring The Latest News Around Heart Health And Cannabis

Legalized marijuana is now a reality in Canada. This opening up of legal access will have a variety of health implications. In addition, marijuana is increasingly prescribed for much of what ails us, from the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis to a host of other conditions, many of which affect seniors – the same people who are at greatest...

The Sweet Spot: Weekly Sex Keeps the Love Alive For Long-Term Couples

  Sex & Relationships: Q&A with psychologist Amy Muise Have you ever worried about how to maintain sexual desire and satisfaction over the long haul? Who hasn’t? I recently spoke to Amy Muise, assistant professor of psychology at York University, about her research with long-term romantic couples. The good news? Keeping things hot is easier than we think. There are statistics suggesting...

Unlimited Attitude: Canadian Astronaut And Cancer Survivor Dr. Dave Williams Defies Limits

Dr. Dave Williams, one of Canada’s most accomplished astronauts, is marking the recent launch of his inspiring memoir, Defying Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe. In it, the 64-year-old offers an uplifting and life-affirming story of passion, resilience and living life to the fullest. He shared those lessons during a recent and riveting appearance in Toronto, where he...

Columnist Robert Hawke Asks, “Want a Better Life?” His Answer: Get a Dog!

I envy my dog. He has the best life of any creature I know. In his last incarnation he must have saved a bus load of children from careening off a bridge to deserve the life that he has now. It’s nothing short of incredible. You see, my wife and I are working towards retirement. We are dreaming of a...

Creating A Better World Starts With Random Acts Of Kindness

In the 1980s the phrase, “Practice Random Acts of Kindness,” was popping up everywhere – bumper stickers, billboards, decals on mailboxes and elsewhere. I remember the first time I saw it. I was in my car and read it on the bumper sticker of the vehicle in front of me. This simple, yet profound message resonated deeply within me because...

Happiness Is Found By Spending Money On Experiences – Not Stuff, Research Says

Canadians continue to borrow and spend. According to Statistics Canada, the average household carried $1.74 in credit card, mortgage and other debt for every dollar of disposable income, as at December of last year. Rising debts are also a fact of life in the business and public sectors. But is all that spending making us happier? Maybe not. According to the...

One Man’s Opinion: Why Does It Take A Health Scare To Make Lifestyle Changes?

An old pal of mine sent a text message to let me know he was running late for our meet up. “There in 10. Order a drink,” it said. “If you say so,” I replied (beer mug emoji). Then I finished the drink I had already ordered. The moment he was late, etiquette dictated that I was free to order...

Unravelling The Mysteries And Challenges Of Building And Finding Female Friendships Over Age 50

I moved from Montreal to Toronto at age 71 because I wanted to live closer to my daughters and their families. We love spending time together and I enjoy being part of their lives. However, I missed having a few intimate female friends my age to share life experiences and to do things with as I explored my new...

Are You Experiencing Nature-Deficit Syndrome? Forest Bathing Provides A Remedy For Urban Stress

Recently, I went forest bathing (also known as nature therapy) which is adapted from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku. It originated in Japan in the 1980s and has become popular around the world. In fact, some research suggests it is becoming as popular as the yoga trend that began 30 years ago. Forest bathing involves walking through the forest slowly...

Nature’s Way: Hiking benefits the body and soul as we age

Spending time in nature is touted as one of the best curatives for the 55-and-over crowd. Just read the latest studies that link nature-based activities to improved physical and emotional health. Or, better yet, ask the estimated 800,000 Canadians in that age bracket who hike and camp. Despite her impressive long-distance track record, Magdalena Vanderkooy doesn’t describe herself as a...