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...

Our Ability to Improve the Lives of Aging Canadians Is in Peril

Teamwork between multiple sectors is the lifeblood of technological innovation in Canada – especially as we strive to improve the lives of older Canadians. So why is the Networks of Centres of Excellence initiative, which provides such essential collaboration and support, being phased out? A personalized activity technology proved to be a game-changer for many long-term care residents with dementia....

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...

Just Say No To Help Diminish The Age-Accelerating Effects Of Stress

Hot town, summer in the city. Yup, it is hot and humid and we would love those lazy, hazy days for summer to wash over us. Unfortunately, summer is not always relaxing and easy going. It’s a time when our expectation may be high for fun, yet we are burdened with work and responsibility. One of the important life lessons...

 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...

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....

Happiness Is Found By Spending Money On Experiences – Not Stuff, Research Says

Canadians continue to borrow and spend. According to Statistics Canada, the average household carried $1.74 in credit card, mortgage and other debt for every dollar of disposable income, as at December of last year. Rising debts are also a fact of life in the business and public sectors. But is all that spending making us happier? Maybe not. According to the...

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,...

Exploring The Latest News Around Heart Health And Cannabis

Legalized marijuana is now a reality in Canada. This opening up of legal access will have a variety of health implications. In addition, marijuana is increasingly prescribed for much of what ails us, from the pain and inflammation of osteoarthritis to a host of other conditions, many of which affect seniors – the same people who are at greatest...

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...