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...

Lessons I Learned from My Concussion – Resilience, Vulnerability And Acceptance

In November 2016, at age 69, my life changed in a split second and my world turned upside down after I suffered a fall that resulted in a traumatic brain injury. On my road to recovery, I tapped into my resilience and learned important life lessons in dealing with a health challenge. I was walking towards the grocery store where...

Do The New ‘Anti-Aging’ Pills Offer a Silver Bullet? The Jury Is Still Out.

If your dream is to stop aging altogether, there are some media stories that you might find intriguing. Headlines about anti-aging pills draw eyeballs and set expectations high, but how viable are they, and what exactly do they do? As our population grows older, more research time is being dedicated to minimizing the biological impact of aging. One approach is...

Say Goodbye to Anti-Aging: The Era of Ageless Beauty Has Arrived

How long have we felt the pressure to look more youthful and internalized shame about aging? It's difficult to pinpoint when that began, but in her 2009 study, The Factors Impacting Women’s Purchases of Anti-aging Skincare Products, R. Leslie Bailey surmised that it was 16th-century Spanish adventurers who were the among the first to search for the fountain of...

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...

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...

Retirement? Nah. Canadians Are Working Longer By Choice

More Canadians opt to keep working longer and do what they love Canadian author Margaret Atwood typifies the new attitude toward retirement: Why bother when you love your work? The Handmaid’s Tale, a popular television series based on her 1985 novel, recently wrapped up its second season. And in July, Atwood embarked on a promotional tour of the UK after...

Putting Bed Rest to Rest: The Healing Power of Movement and Exercise

Forget rest: Movement is the way to heal and thrive post-injury, post-surgery and during chronic pain. As someone who lives with chronic pain, I know this first-hand. I developed neck and upper back pain after being hit by a car while cycling in Toronto in 2001. For almost three years I wrestled with my pain, finally going on disability when...

Clinical Trials Help Reinvent Medicine And Lead To Better Patient Outcomes

As a scientist, patient advocate and healthcare consumer, I know clinical trials are essential in the research and development of new treatments that encompass everything from drugs, to innovative medical devices, lifestyle changes and other valuable healthcare interventions. While most people think of scientists and doctors developing life-changing treatments, in reality, people like you – healthy people and those of...

Adult Vaccines: A Healthier You Is Just A Jab Away

The Question: What vaccines should I be getting and when?  No matter your age, vaccines are an essential tool for maintaining good health and a key defence against serious illness.  However, the number of adults who are up to date with their vaccines is low, according to the most recent National Immunization Survey:  Less than half (40 percent) had a flu shot.  ...