How Our Capacity To Show Empathy Increases With Age

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...

How Huddol and Teva Canada Are Supporting Caregivers Through Technology

Donna Thomson is thankful for the role that digital technology played while she was taking care of her mother who died at age 96 last summer. “It gave me peace of mind,” the Ottawa resident recalls. “It provided us with the information we needed to find the right assisted living facility for her in Montreal.” Without access to that information,...

The Best Expert Advice On How To Create Long-Term Care Plans For Loved Ones

At some point, many adult children will find themselves in a position where they need to assist in the planning of long-term care for a parent. The choices are overwhelming. Mary Jo Saavedra, a gerontologist and Certified Aging Life Care Professional (CMC), wrote Eldercare 101: A Practical Guide to Later Life, Planning, Care and Wellbeing. It provides comprehensive, straight forward...

Challenging Ageism: 5 Strategies To Shift Your Own Negative Attitudes

Dr. Robert Butler, first director of the National Institute on Aging, coined the term “ageism” in 1989. It refers to stereotypes of and discrimination against older people. Ageism can lead to myths about older people and the aging process. I often ask students at the beginning of my gerontology course to describe older adults and the aging process in a...

Five Competitors, Only One Winner: Five Startups Battle Head to Head At AGE-WELL’s National Impact Challenge

Canada has become a global leader on the technology and aging front, encouraging entrepreneurs to seek innovative ways to enable healthy aging. This was showcased at AGE-WELL’s National Impact Challenge: Startup Edition, held recently in Toronto. At the event, five companies pitched their product ideas Dragon’s Den-style before a panel of judges. Here’s a look at the competitors: Cosm Medical: PIECE...

What Happens When Your Partner Retires Before You Do?

Many couples think they'll retire at the same time. They've experienced many of life events together, and retirement is just another one. But for many couples, one partner will retire before the other. It's not uncommon today to see this. In fact, it's more common than most of us think. The key is to understand what's important to each...

Ever Say You’ve Had ‘A Senior Moment’? Stop. It May 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...

Media Personality Valerie Pringle Finds A New Passion For Nature Post-Retirement

Valerie Pringle is serious about hiking. When she is asked about her longtime commitment to The Great Trail, a network of 24,000 kilometres of recreational trails (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail) that links all 13 provinces and territories, she becomes poetic, quoting philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche (“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking”) and Søren Kierkegaard (“I have walked...

Appreciating Life Deepens Through Candid Conversation About Death, Says Activist Author

Michael Hebb is the epitome of a disruptor. The Seattle-based author, activist, artist and author has set out to challenge how we think about some of life's most sensitive issues, like death and dying. His desire is to start "a gentle revolution" around the subject. When he was in his mid-30s, Hebb took a train from Portland to Seattle and struck...

Easy Does It: Delicious, Fast Recipes Ideal For Caregivers And Their Loved Ones

There’s a very clear message that can be found in the pages of A Caregivers Guide: Cooking for Palliative Care and the Family, a cookbook created through a collaboration between George Brown College and Hospice Niagara. Simply, food is love. The recipes provided have been designed to meet the needs of caregivers, palliative patients and their families, but it goes...