‘Dementia-Friendly’ Digital Reading Platform Wins AGE-WELL’s Canada-Wide Competition

A new app designed to help people with later-stage dementia to continue reading has won the AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge. The app currently has accessibility features such as automatic page turning. Stories touch on themes of interest to older adults, and can be personalized so that the reader becomes the main character in the book. Yesterday’s win means that new features,...

15 Lessons I Learned From Holocaust Survivors About Living Your Best Life

Holocaust survivors overcame the most severe form of persecution and went on to become productive members of the communities in which they settled. They have exhibited an extraordinary resilience and love of family and community. Their survival is an example of the human spirit’s ability to adapt, rebuild and recover from genocide. As people who have seen the dark...

Food Is Love: Easy, Delicious, Recipes 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...

Dress Your Age? It’s Time To Put That Ageist Idea To Rest For Good

Huda Cade scoffs at the notion of dressing your age. “It’s ageist! That phrase means women of a certain age should dress and act in a certain way, but who makes that decision? Who says what that age is, or what appropriate attire is?” asks the owner of Eveline Street Clothing in Lockport, MB. For 25 years, Cade has maintained a...

Two Sisters Caring For Their Mother Share Their Tips For Coping And Thriving

When women become largely responsible for a chronically ill or disabled loved one, their own well-being often falls by the wayside. And other life priorities – career, kids, dating, hobbies and interests – become increasingly hard to juggle or make time for. Of the eight million caregivers in Canada, more than half are women. And while the median time spent...

Separating Hype From Hope: How Nutrition Affects Arthritis And Joint Health

More than six million Canadians live with arthritis. It can occur at any age, but the likelihood increases with age. It can be painful and debilitating because it causes inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues.1 It can affect any part of the body; however, the most common areas are the hip, knee, spine or fingers.2 There are many different types...

Entrepreneurs Over 50 Lead The Way In Launching New Businesses

Entrepreneurs are often willing to trade off security and a predictable income in exchange for the increased happiness they get from working on their own. Longer and healthier lifespans are enticing increasing numbers of Canadians to remain in the workforce longer. So it should hardly come as a surprise that many are also starting their own businesses. A recent Sheridan...

Uniting the Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation Community Through Digital Storytelling

Though science backs the notion of the wisdom of the ages, the learnings and insights of generations past aren’t always easily tapped, especially for Canada’s First Nations people. Their history was all but erased over decades of initiatives deemed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to amount to cultural genocide. Under the residential school system, much of the languages and...

The Competitive Edge: Athletes Over The Age Of 40 Train Smarter And Push Harder

When it comes to sports and physical activities, I am a competitive person. It’s just how I’m wired. I grew up in a time when being competitive and female wasn’t always viewed as being proper. As a result, a lot of my sports role models as a kid were male. Among my idols were Patrick Roy (hockey), Steve Podborski...

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...