Class Acts: Ryerson Becomes Canada’s Largest Age Friendly University

Along with an aging demographic comes meaningful new opportunities for inclusion. This is an idea that is being embraced by some Canadian universities who have set out to ensure that older students feel welcome and supported. Whether it’s post-retirement or once the kids have grown up and ventured out on their own, enrolling in a program can be a satisfying...

When Aging Happens: Don’t Call Me ‘Mister,’ Prostate Troubles And Multifocals

Is there actually a way to age better when it comes to health? Being a baby boomer, I would say aging and better health is an oxymoron. Or is it? First, what is aging? For me, three signs confirmed I was aging: 1) when people started calling me “Mr. Strigberger;” 2) when I first came across doctors who were younger than me;...

At-Home Testing To Diagnose Dementia In Early Stages Is On The Horizon

With dementia rates rising sharply in Canada and around the world, it’s not surprising that researchers have been focusing on ways to spot the condition earlier. Globally, someone is diagnosed with dementia every three seconds and there are 10 million new cases each year – truly alarming statistics. At-home tests have become increasingly popular. One of the latest to be...

Smooth Moves: Half Of Canadians Don’t Get Enough Fibre And Half Do. Which Side Are You On?

Here's a fun fact: The adult digestive system can be up to 30 feet (9.1 metres) – about the same length as five refrigerators stacked up on top of one another. Every inch of it is important for breaking down our food and absorbing it to provide nutrition and energy.1 Eventually any undigested food passes through the body and is...

Negative Self-Talk About Getting Older Can Lead To Internalized Ageism

Have you ever said you had a ‘senior moment’ after misplacing your keys? Do you grumble about ‘old age’ when your body’s stiff or sore? I have and I’m not alone. After posting those questions on Facebook, I heard from 87 people. Six answered no. These results aren’t statistically significant, but they are interesting. There’s a name for what we’re doing...

Can Stem Cell Therapy Help Reduce Arthritis Pain?

When pain relievers just don’t reduce your arthritis pain enough and you’re contemplating a big step – such as joint replacement surgery – it may be time to consider the potential benefits of newer biologic treatments utilizing growth factors with stem cells as another option, according to orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Kevin D. Plancher, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports...

My “Why”: YouAreUNLTD’s Bonnie Hall And Her Inspiration For Changing Views On Aging

In his book, Start With Why, author Simon Sinek says that people are inspired by a sense of purpose (or “why”) and that we should ask this question first, before “how” or “what.” Recently, and somewhat unexpectedly, I became the co-founder and co-publisher of YouAreUNLTD. It’s a bold adventure and it is deeply personal. Inevitably, people have been asking...

LGBTQ Fight To Overcome Discrimination In Long-Term Care Communities

It’s a poignant memory for Brian Hobbs – one that captures some of the challenges facing older members of the LGBTQ community in Canada. Two of Hobbs’ close friends, a gay couple in their 80s, had to make tough decisions when one of them was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and placed in a long-term care facility about 45-minute drive outside Ottawa,...

Brace Yourself! Your Guide To Helping Joint Injuries Heal

Oh no. It’s happened again. That painful little twitch in your knee has returned. Naturally you want to help the healing process along, but where do you start? While nobody likes to think about getting an injury, it’s comforting to know there are a growing number of options to help you recover quickly and comfortably. Two of the most...

Meet KGB84, Japan’s Pop Group Sensation – Members Under Age 80 Need Not Apply

When they take the stage at venues in places like Singapore and Tokyo, they are greeted with enthusiastic applause and screams of excitement. They are one of the hottest pop groups in Japan and the median age of 84. Look on YouTube for videos feature KGB84 and you’ll be tapping your toes to the catchy, energetic dance tunes with...