Rated M for Mature

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The DreamHack Festival in Sweden isn’t an event you would associate with retirees. Yet, in 2017 a team known as the Silver Snipers entered the arena and proved that frenetic shooter games such as Counter-Strike have no age barrier. Counter-Strike may seem like a strange game for the more mature crowd – the shooter game launched in 1999 and pits...

Easy Riders: Those With Mobility Issues Stay Connected With Communities Through Innovative Cycling Program

For those who have experienced a loss of mobility and independence, the Cycling Without Age (CWA) program can help beat the social isolation, loneliness and depression that can come with physical limitations. It engages older Canadians and those who are less abled by offering free bike rides in specially designed trishaws. The volunteer organization originated in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2012 with...

B.C. Inventor Develops A Stylish New Personal Mobility Device

Barbara Alink isn’t shy when it comes to talking about things she’s passionate about. That was hugely evident when she transfixed an audience during a 2016 TedX Vancouver talk on “Dignity Through Movement.” Her no-nonsense oratorical skills were at the fore yet again when she stood alone in front of a panel of hard-nosed financiers during a taping of the...

“Sophisticated Consumers” Shape Kobo Technology: CEO Michael Tamblyn

It’s widely assumed that young people and Millennials are the early adopters of new technology. But the conventional wisdom that they make or break new consumer tech doesn’t always hold. Sure, older adults may be sceptical about shiny new tech toys, but they’re keen to embrace innovation that fits into their lives and brings benefit to something they already...

A Group of Older Runners On Salt Spring Island Achieve Personal Bests and Podium Finishes

Is there something in the water, or is it the idyllic island setting off the coast of B.C.? Science, perhaps? Salt Spring Island, located in the Strait of Georgia between mainland BC and Vancouver Island, is home to a group of senior athletes who call themselves 'The Sneakers.' They are redefining what it means to be active. Led by their...

Changing the Conversation on Aging and Care

Introducing YouAreUNLTD
We are creating a community to change the conversation on aging and care. Society has trained us to talk about aging and care in a way that hasn’t changed for decades upon decades. We have spoken about it in a way that is not always inspiring but, at times, quite the opposite. We often speak about what can, what is and will...

94-Year-Old Cookbook Author Continues to Share His Love of Syrian Cuisine

“Sharing a meal provides opportunities for understanding,” wrote Habeeb Salloum in the introduction of Arab Cooking on a Saskatchewan Homestead. His cookbook chronicles the Middle Eastern recipes he grew up in the dusty plains of Saskatchewan and shares his family’s journey from the village of Qaraoun, Syria. In 1925, Salloum, his older brother and his mother left French-occupied Syria and...

Words Matter: Language And Symbols Have The Power To Shape Culture And Instigate Change

Labels can be useful. Without them we wouldn’t know what’s in file folders or cans, whether food contains ingredients we’re allergic to, or whether we should launder or dry-clean our clothes. But words, images, signs and symbols that describe and categorize people – that separate one group from another – are also labels. They can be positive, but usually they’re...

YouAreUNLTD’s New Video Series Features Top Talents At The AGE-WELL 2018 Conference

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In October 2018, some of the leading minds around aging and technology gathered in Vancouver at the fourth annual AGE-WELL Conference. Researchers, innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs met to share news around their latest projects and to push the conversation forward about how technology can help Canadians age more successfully. There were demonstrations, presentations, networking and collaboration among all AGE-WELL stakeholders. It...

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...