Cranky? Irritable? Fatigue? Forgetful? It Might Be Male Menopause

“We’ve always been kitchen-klatch people,” says 55-year-old Daniel Kenney about himself and his four older siblings, the eldest of whom is 65. “The kitchen is where we have the best conversations as grownups, just my brothers, our respective partners sans kids, nieces or nephews. Our monthly get-togethers typically involve a huge potluck, which means lots of dirty pots and pans,...

Live In The Moment: Why You Should Add Mindfulness Habits Into Your Life For Healthier Aging

In these troubled times, it's easy to get caught up in what tomorrow, next week, next month or next year might bring. That can cause a lot of anxiety and uncertainty. Many healthcare professionals are focusing on mindfulness as a way of calming racing thoughts and unrest. It means focusing on the here and now – living in the...

One Man’s Brush With Appendicitis Launches A Quest To Understand How His Body Works

A few months before reading The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson, a chapter-by-chapter guide to the workings of the human body, I sat in the emergency room at the hospital down the street. The doctor told me the source of my abdominal pain was either diverticulitis — an inflamed pouch in the lining of the lower intestine...

Comic Rick Green Discovers The Healing Power of Laughter After ADHD Diagnosis

Comedian and writer Rick Green is known to many Canadians as the bumbling Bill Smith on The Red Green Show for 11 seasons. But a diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as an adult changed his life. While ADHD in children is well understood and typically diagnosed between 6 to 8 years, according to the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance...

Holocaust Survivors Share 15 Life Lessons We Can Apply To The COVID-19 Pandemic

Holocaust survivors overcame the most severe form of persecution and went on to become productive members of the communities in which they settled. They have exhibited an extraordinary resilience and love of family and community. Their survival is an example of the human spirit’s ability to adapt, rebuild and recover from genocide. As people who have seen the dark...

The Hidden Perk of Aging? Columnist Robert Hawke Says It’s Being Able To Show Your Inner Goofball

Remember being profoundly embarrassed about something back in school? I sure do. The first time I was onstage it did not go well. I was 8 years old and I stood in front of 300 kids and adults. I had one line in a play. The lights were in my eyes, and I heard my cue. I paused dramatically...

Discrimination Continues To Impact LGBTQ Residents 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 a 45-minute drive outside...

Sassy Grandmas On Social Media Usher In A Grey Revolution

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....

Millennials Do Have Valuable Lessons To Share With The Boomer Generation

Millennials are a lazy, narcissistic, entitled generation. At least that’s the prevailing stereotype of these avocado toast-eating navel-gazers. Born some time between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, this demographic is the fastest-growing segment of the job market and as much as this (and every generation) has their shortcomings, there is plenty that Boomers could learn from Millennials. 1....

Erectile Dysfunction Does Not Mean The End To An Active Sex Life

Michael Russer, now 68, developed erectile dysfunction after surgery for prostate cancer in 2011. “I never really experienced depression, which is a state in which far too many men find themselves stuck,” says the co-founder of CancerIntimacyHelp.com and the Santa Barbara, CA-based CEO of Russer Communication. While depression can cause erectile dysfunction, it’s often the result of it, too. Many men define...