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;...

Sending In The Clowns Brings Joy To Those Living With Dementia

When Lynda Del Grande resumes her teaching schedule this fall, she’ll be welcoming a group of students who are quite unlike the pupils she taught in junior school and high school in North York earlier in her career. But it’s not just the make-up of her classroom that’s changed. It’s the subject matter, too. Del Grande will be teaching her...

For Almost a Century, Pilates Has Been The Exercise of Choice For Strength And Mobility

Pilates is about as far away as you can get from trendy exercise fads. It has been practiced since the late 1920’s. And believe it or not, there really is a Mr. Pilates. Joseph Pilates, a German gymnast, is credited with inventing and promoting this method of physical fitness. He and his wife, Clara, opened the first studio in...

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...

It’s Never Too Late To Butt Out: Better Health Is Within Reach For Smokers Who Quit

Toby Turner, an office manager from St. Boniface, MB, is looking forward to Thanksgiving 2018. “The Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend 10 years ago – that’s when I was able to butt out for the last time. I remember my last cigarette. I leaned against the hood of my daughter’s car in the driveway, enjoying one last puff while the...

Go Strong: Savvy Exercise and Nutrition Strategies For Fighting Loss Of Muscle Mass

As we grow older, our bodies change and that's true of how we build and sustain muscle mass and strength. We sure had it easy in our twenties. At the peak of our physical prowess, our bodies could burn calories sitting still and they kept building bones until the age of 25. But once we hit our thirties, that’s when...

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...

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...

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...

Everything Under The Sun: Your Guide To Savvy Sunscreen Strategies For Healthier Skin

The most powerful skin-health boosting product you can own and wear is sunscreen. Yet many people are reluctant about applying it, citing fears over the chemicals it contains, a dislike of how it feels on the skin, or just forgetting to apply it. Some people also believe that they need to skip sunscreen to allow for vitamin D from the...