The Gift of Growing Older Means Being Able To Crank Up The Empathy

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...

Sounding Off On An Age-Old Question – Is Midlife Crisis A Myth Or A Reality?

In his 1965 article “Death and the Midlife Crisis” for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Canadian psychologist Elliott Jaques coined the term “midlife crisis” to describe the period in which one grapples with their place in the world, their remaining years and what’s left to accomplish.  It quickly morphed from theory to ubiquity, taking root in popular culture as a...

Fight Back Against Phone Fraud By Blocking Robocalls And Scammers With New Technology

Remember when answering the phone was a pleasure? When you looked forward to finding out who was on the line? These days, it feels like a game of Russian roulette. Will it be your favourite sister? An old friend? Someone wanting to clean your air ducts? Or, worse yet, a sophisticated telephone fraudster bent on scamming you, or someone...

Columnist Robert Hawke Asks, “Want a Better Life?” His Answer: Get a Dog!

I envy my dog. He has the best life of any creature I know. In his last incarnation he must have saved a bus load of children from careening off a bridge to deserve the life that he has now. It’s nothing short of incredible. You see, my wife and I are working towards retirement. We are dreaming of a...

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...

The Future is Aging and the Opportunities Are Infinite: UNLTD Live 2019

We’re all getting older and it’s up to each and every one us to redefine what that looks like. The possibilities presented by a population that is living longer, better, is one of the biggest social and economic disrupters of our time. It is giving rise to the longevity economy and a slew of untapped opportunities in business, healthcare...

Olympic Swimmer Mark Tewksbury Reflects On Life As An Openly Gay Man As He Turns 50

Twenty years to the day he made history as Canada’s first openly gay Olympian, Mark Tewksbury returns to the Toronto theatre for his one-man show, Mark Tewksbury - 50 & Counting, where, on December 15, 1998, the athlete went public about his sexuality. The Calgary native’s coming-out announcement 20 years ago created a media storm, especially at a time...

Creating A Better World Starts With Random Acts Of Kindness

In the 1980s the phrase, “Practice Random Acts of Kindness,” was popping up everywhere – bumper stickers, billboards, decals on mailboxes and elsewhere. I remember the first time I saw it. I was in my car and read it on the bumper sticker of the vehicle in front of me. This simple, yet profound message resonated deeply within me because...

Columnist Robert Hawke Reflects On The Destruction Of Notre Dame And Its Bigger Lessons

Notre Dame is ruined. For 700 years, it stood over Paris in beauty and elegance. When I was a much younger, skinnier man, I was in Paris and went with friends to famed cathedral and stood in awe of it. It was one of those moments when I knew that I was seeing something that was more beautiful than I...

New Approaches For Treating Chronic Pain From the President of the Canadian Association of Orthopaedic Medicine

Chronic pain is the number one cause of disability in older adults 1and the number two cause of workplace absences and of visits to the family doctor. As an interventional physiatrist based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, and the Canadian Centre for Integrative Medicine in Markham, ON, I see firsthand the toll chronic pain takes on individuals...