Rethinking How You Think About And How You Respond To Pain Can Help Ease Discomfort

Pain is often the reason why people make an appointment to see their healthcare provider. If the feeling – the pain, the discomfort – is recent or acute, it is often easier for a healthcare professional to diagnose and treat the problem. You may have hurt yourself in some way, had an accident, are recovering from surgery, or getting the...

Fight For Your Health: How To Master The Fine Art Of Healthcare Advocacy

Ageism is pervasive in all aspects of our culture, and healthcare is not immune. Just ask Laura Fern, who for two years braved a host of increasingly debilitating symptoms, some of which fit with her existing medical conditions while others did not. With each baffling symptom came another medication (which Fern politely accepted), but few answers. Sound familiar? Finally, her...

Discrimination Continues To Impact LGBTQ Residents In Long-Term Care Communities

It’s a poignant memory for Brian Hobbs – one that captures some of the challenges facing older members of the LGBTQ community in Canada. Two of Hobbs’ close friends, a gay couple in their 80s, had to make tough decisions when one of them was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and placed in a long-term care facility about a 45-minute drive outside...

Sassy Grandmas On Social Media Usher In A Grey Revolution

The New York Times called them “the Glamorous Grandmas of Instagram,” but they are much more than that. These women all over the age of 60 are smashing myths around aging, beauty and society’s expectations of them with remarkable flair – so much so that there are becoming social media superstars. Take 64-year-old Lyn Slater (@iconaccidental on Instagram), for example....

Stress Accelerates Aging So Tap The Brakes By Saying No To Demands On Your Time

When stress strikes, your body responds to the mental turmoil you feel. And the effects can be devastating. Schedule overload is just one contributing factor. You feel like you are spread too thin and can't accomplish everything and everyone that demand your energy. What if you said, "No." No to attending yet another bridal shower. No to a friend...

Unlocking The Secrets Of DNA Help Researchers Understand How to Slow Aging

Despite our best efforts, the quest for immortality has been fruitless and the fountain of youth remains undiscovered. Instead, science has focused on slowing the clock. Now, researchers at Arizona State University have discovered a new method that promises to delay the rate of aging with a greater understanding of the mechanics behind DNA. It’s a discovery that represents...

How To Make A Positive Impact On Your Emotional Health Through ‘Good Mood’ Foods

“You are what you eat” applies to both your physical and emotional health. Do you wake up feeling sluggish? Feel irritable when the clock hits 2 pm? You might want to take a second look at what you’re putting on your plate. While most Canadians are aware that a balanced diet plays an important role in promoting good physical health, they...

How To Bring More Kindness To The World With A Smile, A Compliment And Giving Spirit

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...

Plugged In! 7 In 10 Canadians Over Age 65 Feel Confident About Technology Use And 86 Per Cent Are Online Daily

A new survey commissioned by AGE-WELL, a federally funded Network of Centres of Excellence, and conducted by Environics Research, offers a number of fresh insights into the attitudes of Canadians over the age of 65 and 50-64 toward aging, health and technology. The survey was conducted July 11 – 30, 2019 with over 2,000 Canadians 50 years of age...

Two Experts Meet To Discuss A Burning 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...