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...

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....

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...

Negative Self-Talk About Getting Older Can 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...

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...

My “Why”: YouAreUNLTD’s Bonnie Hall And Her Inspiration For Changing Views On Aging

In his book, Start With Why, author Simon Sinek says that people are inspired by a sense of purpose (or “why”) and that we should ask this question first, before “how” or “what.” Recently, and somewhat unexpectedly, I became the co-founder and co-publisher of YouAreUNLTD. It’s a bold adventure and it is deeply personal. Inevitably, people have been asking...

Changing the Conversation: 5 Ways To Shift Negative Attitudes About Aging

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...

 Hepatitis C Screening And New Treatments Allow Baby Boomers To Escape “The Kiss of Death”

Finding out you have stage 3 hepatitis C (HCV) might not be most people’s idea of luck, but Ron Shean feels fortunate. Despite the damage to his liver, his disease was caught before it progressed to cancer. Shean, who had planned to donate a kidney to his uncle, found out about his condition from the Kidney Foundation. “I got so...

Ottawa Heart Institute Debuts State-of-the-Art Facility

Robotics, 3-D imaging, and new operating rooms aim to address soaring demand for critical cardiac care The University of Ottawa Heart Institute was out of space and out of time as it struggled to deal with the increased need for cardiac care with an aging population. It needed to grow and right away. That sparked an ambitious expansion, featuring a...