Challenging Ageism: 5 Strategies To Shift Your Own Negative Attitudes

Dr. Robert Butler, first director of the National Institute on Aging, coined the term “ageism” in 1989. It refers to stereotypes of and discrimination against older people. Ageism can lead to myths about older people and the aging process. I often ask students at the beginning of my gerontology course to describe older adults and the aging process in a...

Ever Say You’ve Had ‘A Senior Moment’? Stop. It May Lead To Internalized Ageism

Have you ever said you had a ‘senior moment’ after misplacing your keys? Do you grumble about ‘old age’ when your body’s stiff or sore? I have and I’m not alone. After posting those questions on Facebook, I heard from 87 people. Six answered no. These results aren’t statistically significant, but they are interesting. There’s a name for what we’re doing...

Improve Longevity And Tackle Pain With These Nutrition Tips From Top Expert

Respected Canadian nutritionist Julie Daniluk, whose books include Meals that Heal Inflammation, has devoted years of study and research into healthy eating after a lifetime of dealing with her own food allergies and sensitivities. Daniluk has learned firsthand the link between nutrition (or rather, poor nutrition) and pain and inflammation. “Chronic inflammation and poor digestion can lead to stress, anxiety...

Take A Hike, Literally, To Reap Its Health Benefits For The Body And Soul

Spending time in nature is touted as one of the best curatives for the 55-and-over crowd. Just read the latest studies that link nature-based activities to improved physical and emotional health. Or, better yet, ask the estimated 800,000 Canadians in that age bracket who hike and camp. Despite her impressive long-distance track record, Magdalena Vanderkooy doesn’t describe herself as a...

Missing In Action: Why Is Advertising Ignoring Adults Over The Age of 50?

Fast Company hit the nail on the head recently when it published a piece entitled, “Why is marketing to seniors so terrible?” It’s a battle cry we at YouAreUNTLD have been spearheading since our launch 18 months ago. We believe that society’s stereotypes about getting older have little to do with reality and, while we are working to change that...

Does Your Unique Biological Blueprint Hold the Secret to a Longer Life?

When car manuals were still issued in print, we all had a slightly better idea of how our vehicles worked. At the very least, we had information readily available so we could understand what the light on the dash was telling us. Now imagine if our bodies came with a similar manual, or a unique set of schematics. The...

What Happens When Mom Or Dad Moves In With Their Adult Child And Partner

Are you thinking of having an elderly parent move in with you and your partner? If so, Carol Bradley Bursack has some advice. I spoke to the veteran caregiver, columnist and the author of Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories by phone from her home in North Dakota. YAU: There is a trend of older parents moving in with their...

Coping With The Challenges Of Adult Children Taking Care Of Aging Parents

My father spent the last years of his life in a long-term care residence, suffering from dementia. My brother was his primary caregiver, which means he took greater responsibility for our father’s day-to-day care. I was involved more as a manager of social support. I communicated with the service providers and sometimes advocated on his behalf with his dietician,...

How Two Women Conquered Their Bucket List And Cycled Through Italy

Twenty years ago, my family doctor read my annual physical numbers to me and delivered a harsh reality. At age 40, I had to make some serious lifestyle changes, lose weight and become more physically active or I risked followed the path of others in my gene pool full of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Up until then, I had...

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...