Columnist Robert Hawke Ponders Big Regrets and Choices Made Without Second Thoughts

My life would have been so much better if I hadn’t asked the hot person out. I wish I didn’t take that trip to Spain. If only I hadn’t gone on so many walks. I wish I hadn’t applied for that intimidating job. Eating s’mores was my biggest mistake. I wish I hadn’t been so generous. Have you ever heard anybody say any of these...

Actor Lorne Cardinal Continues To Push Boundaries And Live Life With Courage

“If you let fear run your life, you can live a very small world. You’re not going to experience the greatness that’s out there that’s available to everybody” Lorne Cardinal is best known to Canadians for his TV role as cop Davis Quinton on the hit comedy Corner Gas. The live-action version of the show wrapped up after six seasons,...

How To Better Support And Love A Spouse With A Disability

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...

Personal Stories About Tackling Chronic Pain With Courage And Determination

From the physical aspects of pain to its mental components, to the social parts of one’s life that chronic pain affects, everyone’s experiences with chronic pain are different. Chronic pain is a very personal and individual experience.  I have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and experienced chronic pain for years, living with varying levels of daily physical pain in my hands, wrists...

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...