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...

LGBTQ Fight To Overcome Discrimination 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 45-minute drive outside Ottawa,...

Scientists Studying DNA Discover How to Slow the Aging Process

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...

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...

Meet The Subversive, Sassy Grandmas Shaking Up Social Media

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....

AGE-WELL, Canada’s Technology and Aging Network, Makes Plans For a Bold Future

What does renewal look like? If you ask any of the participants who attended the recent AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence: Creating the Future 2020-2025 consultation session at the University of Toronto in June 2018, their answer would perhaps resemble this: Renewal is a room of 100 or so engaged, passionate stakeholders from all walks of life, who...

Words Matter: Language And Symbols Have The Power To Shape Culture And Instigate Change

Labels can be useful. Without them we wouldn’t know what’s in file folders or cans, whether food contains ingredients we’re allergic to, or whether we should launder or dry-clean our clothes. But words, images, signs and symbols that describe and categorize people – that separate one group from another – are also labels. They can be positive, but usually they’re...

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...

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...

How Do You Spell Relief? Why One Woman Chose Medical Cannabis To Fight Menopause Symptoms

At 51, Tracy Edwards (not her real name) quit sleeping. There were the two hours of tossing and turning at bedtime, followed by perhaps two hours of fitful rest, then the dreaded lying awake for two more hours, only to fall dead asleep just as the 7 am alarm was ringing. The hormone replacement therapy she had started a couple...