Columnist Robert Hawke Says It’s Okay To Ignore The World – For Now

For pretty much the last two years (two and half really) I have been watching events in the world and shaking my head. It has seemed to me that this part of the planet was going down a rabbit hole of confusion, sexism and xenophobia that left my head and heart spinning. You may have felt this as well. I...

Columnist Robert Hawke Addresses The Naked Guy In The Mirror

I got out of the shower recently, grabbed a towel and started to wipe myself down when suddenly something terrible happened. I made eye contact with the naked guy in the mirror. What’s really weird is I didn’t recognize him. Oh sure, his face looked pretty much the same as it had for a long time, but somehow naked...

How Well We Age Has A Lot To Do With Our Attitude, Studies Determine

Aging is part of life. So why don’t we forget about the aging part and concentrate on just life instead? Or better yet, on living. Because, as Jennifer Weeks, an associate at the Toronto-based management consulting firm BEworks knows, the benefits of a positive outlook can go well beyond contributing to our enjoyment of life. A healthy attitude can extend our lives Weeks,...

One Therapist’s Wise Advice To Couples Grappling With Disability In Their Relationship

Relationships are challenging. Any relationship. The challenges increase when one partner is suddenly, or gradually over time due to a debilitating illness, living with a physical disability. “The worse thing a couple can do when one of them has a disability is not talk about it,” says Leah MacInnes, a registered marriage and family therapist with more than 25 years of...

10 Savvy Nutrition Hacks To Improve Longevity And Tackle Pain From A Top Nutritionist

Respected Canadian nutritionist Julie Daniluk, whose books include Meals that Heal Inflammation, has devoted years of study and research into healthy eating after a lifetime of dealing with her own food allergies and sensitivities. Daniluk has learned firsthand the link between nutrition (or rather, poor nutrition) and pain and inflammation. “Chronic inflammation and poor digestion can lead to stress, anxiety...

 Hepatitis C Screening And New Treatments Allow Baby Boomers To Escape “The Kiss of Death”

Finding out you have stage 3 hepatitis C (HCV) might not be most people’s idea of luck, but Ron Shean feels fortunate. Despite the damage to his liver, his disease was caught before it progressed to cancer. Shean, who had planned to donate a kidney to his uncle, found out about his condition from the Kidney Foundation. “I got so...

Spiritual Reflections: How to Find Your Zen Zone, Purpose and Access Your Inner Wisdom

As we age, many Boomers are seeking a spiritual way of being that moves beyond religious practices. This may include everything from integrating eastern and western philosophies and meditation, to journal writing, bodywork, yoga, tai chi, Qigong, mindfulness, and appreciating our blessings and expressing gratitude. For many, this spiritual journey encompasses self-reflective practices leading to wholeness and joy, personal...

Regrets? He’s Had A Few, But Not Eating S’mores And Taking That Trip To Spain

My life would have been so much better if I hadn’t asked the hot person out. I wish I didn’t take that trip to Spain. If only I hadn’t gone on so many walks. I wish I hadn’t applied for that intimidating job. Eating s’mores was my biggest mistake. I wish I hadn’t been so generous. Have you ever heard anybody say any of these...

Words Matter: Language And Symbols Have The Power To Shape Culture And Instigate Change

Labels can be useful. Without them we wouldn’t know what’s in file folders or cans, whether food contains ingredients we’re allergic to, or whether we should launder or dry-clean our clothes. But words, images, signs and symbols that describe and categorize people – that separate one group from another – are also labels. They can be positive, but usually they’re...

Since You Asked… What Can I Do To Boost My Brain Health? Your Grey Matter Matters!

Optimal Aging Means Good Brain Health
Brain health and healthy aging go hand in hand. We all want to live a long life, but with quality to our days, not merely quantity. This means taking action now to protect our brains so that as we age, we sustain the ability to remember, learn, engage, maintain a clear mind and enjoy life. Here’s how:  Exercise As...