Mature Student Olive Bryanton Continues Her Passion For Learning With Another Doctorate

Firsts are second nature to Olive Bryanton.  As a part-time employee with the PEI Senior Citizens’ Federation, Bryanton led the team that established the first drop-in centre for older residents on the island. It’s still going strong today.  Working with a psychology professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, Bryanton helped obtain funding for the province’s first seniors’ college. Now...

Technology’s Stand On Fall Prevention

When it comes to falls, especially those that irreparably sideline people’s lives, Canadians needn’t take it lying down. Innovators across Canada are developing wearable sensors, technological devices that incorporate artificial intelligence, and re-engineered footwear to disrupt the crisis of falling.   When Dr. Alex Mihailidis spoke at the Falls Prevention Conference in June 2018 in St. John’s, NL, his audience didn’t hear...

Baubles with Brains: Smart Jewellery Unites Fashion and Function

As I sit at my desk, my fitness tracker buzzes every now and then to remind me to get up and move – after all, sitting is the new smoking, and long periods of inactivity are detrimental to health. While I appreciate the reminder, sometimes I can’t help staring at my trusty cheerleader and wishing it were a bit...

Unlimited Attitude: Mystery Writer Louise Penny On Reinvention And Being a Caregiver

“There is a crack in everything,” Louise Penny likes to quote in her bestselling mystery novels. “That’s how the light gets in.” That interplay of dark and light – and how one can’t exist without the other – is the theme for her books, and her life. Penny is one of Canada’s most successful novelists in any genre, the winner...

Divorce After 50: Finances and Fresh Starts

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Jane Fonda has been a groundbreaker all her life. The two-time Oscar winner’s latest television series Grace and Frankie, which premieres its fifth season in early 2019, is no different, tackling late-life divorce, a subject she knows well.  Things have changed since Fonda split up from her first husband, Roger Vadim, in the 1970s when she was in her late...

Boomers “Reroute” To Bypass Healthcare Obstacles

It was a Wednesday in early summer 2017 when Tricia Ryan’s life changed forever.  The day before, the Toronto woman, who works as the director of food and beverage research at the Food Innovation & Research Studio at George Brown College, had visited her family doctor complaining of abdominal discomfort.  Ryan’s doctor sent her for an ultrasound, which revealed a mass...

Sounding Off On An Age-Old Question – Is Midlife Crisis A Myth Or A Reality?

In his 1965 article “Death and the Midlife Crisis” for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Canadian psychologist Elliott Jaques coined the term “midlife crisis” to describe the period in which one grapples with their place in the world, their remaining years and what’s left to accomplish.  It quickly morphed from theory to ubiquity, taking root in popular culture as a...

Class Acts: It’s Back To School For Grownups From PhDs To Pleasure Pursuits

Rock ’n’ roll legend Alice Cooper may equate learning with pencils, books and teachers’ dirty looks, but tens of thousands of Canadians – all flocking to embrace new challenges inside and outside traditional classrooms – couldn’t disagree more.  For some, returning to school in their 40s, 50s and 60s is about career advancement; for others, the allure of lifelong learning...

Light Therapy and 7 More Ways to Brighten Dark Winter Days

Lori Dudley remembers thinking: “I just want to leave on a one-way ticket somewhere and not come back.” At the time, the 53-year-old Ottawa-area resident was experiencing severe fatigue, moodiness and a lack of motivation. The normally driven and energetic healthcare executive eventually recognized a pattern to these symptoms. They would hit her like a ton of bricks in...

Health Really Is Wealth: Being Active In Middle Age Is Like Money In The Bank

Saving for retirement is much like exercise: It’s better to start sooner than later to reap the rewards later in life.  “Think about your health like a bank,” says Kathleen Trotter, fitness expert and author of Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer’s Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit. “You want to put as much money in the bank as...