One Therapist’s Wise Advice To Couples Grappling With Disability In Their Relationship

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...

Talented, Dedicated And Candid: Meet Corner Gas Star Lorne Cardinal

“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...

Exciting Technological Innovations Transform Lives And Reduce Social Isolation

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” —Mother Teresa No matter our age, we can all agree that one of life’s goals is to keep loneliness at bay. Yes, we are ultimately alone when we enter and leave this world, and some would argue we are alone in between, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we...

Light Therapy and 7 More Ways to Brighten Dark Winter Days

Lori Dudley remembers thinking: “I just want to leave on a one-way ticket somewhere and not come back.” At the time, the 53-year-old Ottawa-area resident was experiencing severe fatigue, moodiness and a lack of motivation. The normally driven and energetic healthcare executive eventually recognized a pattern to these symptoms. They would hit her like a ton of bricks in...

 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...

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,...

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...

Changing the Way We Talk About Pain Can Help Soothe the Ouch

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...

Spiritual Reflections: How to Find Your Zen Zone, Purpose and Access Your Inner Wisdom

As we age, many Boomers are seeking a spiritual way of being that moves beyond religious practices. This may include everything from integrating eastern and western philosophies and meditation, to journal writing, bodywork, yoga, tai chi, Qigong, mindfulness, and appreciating our blessings and expressing gratitude. For many, this spiritual journey encompasses self-reflective practices leading to wholeness and joy, personal...