Relationships: The Elixir To Healthy Aging

Now is the perfect time to reinvent and revitalize relationships across the spectrum – with life and romantic partners, family, friends, colleagues, other generations and, most important of all, yourself “A good relationship is the single best recipe for good health and the best antidote to aging that anybody has ever come up with,” says Dr. Sue Johnson.  The Canadian clinical...

Our Ability to Improve the Lives of Aging Canadians Is in Peril

Teamwork between multiple sectors is the lifeblood of technological innovation in Canada – especially as we strive to improve the lives of older Canadians. So why is the Networks of Centres of Excellence initiative, which provides such essential collaboration and support, being phased out? A personalized activity technology proved to be a game-changer for many long-term care residents with dementia....

Just Say No To Celebrating Valentine’s Day, Says Columnist Robert Hawke

My wife and I don’t do Valentine’s Day. I am so happy about this that it's ridiculous. You see, we decided a long time ago that the whole thing is kind of a sham. I mean really, Mother’s Day was literally invented by Hallmark to sell more cards – and it worked! By the way, we needed Mother’s Day....

How Daring To Travel Off The Grid Can Be A Spiritual Journey Leading To A Stronger Self

I don’t adapt easily to travel because I enjoy the comfort of my home and daily routines. Travel takes me out of my comfort zone into a world filled with unexpected experiences. That being said, I decided to accept an invitation to spend two weeks in Hawai'i on the islands of Oahu and Maui. I believe that this experience came...

Caregivers Speak Up: An In-Depth Online Survey Reveals Their Concerns, Hopes And Dreams

When researcher Andrew Magnaye asked more than 700 caregivers in a nationwide survey their goals and how technology played into their social network, he was pleasantly surprised at the number of respondents. But he wasn’t surprised with the findings. “We must find caregivers’ expertise and engage them with those people who are creating technology,” said Magnaye, sharing the survey results...

Career Changes After Age 50: Find Out How From Three People Who Changed Direction Mid-Life

In October 2018, Chris Ryall wrote his first mid-term exam in 35 years. “I’d forgotten what writing a test was like,” says the 56 year old. “In fact, I’ve been astounded by how much the entire college system has changed since I was a post-secondary student in my 20s.” Luckily, Ryall, a veteran of the travel media industry, had primed...

Columnist Robert Hawke Says It’s Okay To Ignore The World – For Now

For pretty much the last two years (two and half really) I have been watching events in the world and shaking my head. It has seemed to me that this part of the planet was going down a rabbit hole of confusion, sexism and xenophobia that left my head and heart spinning. You may have felt this as well. I...

Columnist Robert Hawke Addresses The Naked Guy In The Mirror

I got out of the shower recently, grabbed a towel and started to wipe myself down when suddenly something terrible happened. I made eye contact with the naked guy in the mirror. What’s really weird is I didn’t recognize him. Oh sure, his face looked pretty much the same as it had for a long time, but somehow naked...

How Well We Age Has A Lot To Do With Our Attitude, Studies Determine

Aging is part of life. So why don’t we forget about the aging part and concentrate on just life instead? Or better yet, on living. Because, as Jennifer Weeks, an associate at the Toronto-based management consulting firm BEworks knows, the benefits of a positive outlook can go well beyond contributing to our enjoyment of life. A healthy attitude can extend our lives Weeks,...

One Therapist’s Wise Advice To Couples Grappling With Disability In Their Relationship

Relationships are challenging. Any relationship. The challenges increase when one partner is suddenly, or gradually over time due to a debilitating illness, living with a physical disability. “The worse thing a couple can do when one of them has a disability is not talk about it,” says Leah MacInnes, a registered marriage and family therapist with more than 25 years of...