Evidence Indicates Unpaid Caregivers May Have An Elevated Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Tending to a sick loved one can be fulfilling, and it can bring deep satisfaction to a caregiver. Paradoxically though, staff at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) believe caregiving—and the psychological, emotional, physical, social and financial stresses that may come with it—also poses health risks for the caregiver. Mounting evidence now suggests caregivers (those who provide informal, unpaid...

Why Canadians Are Saying ‘No, Thanks’ To Retirement And Working Longer

More Canadians are choosing to keep working longer and do what they love. Canadian author Margaret Atwood typifies the new attitude toward retirement: Why bother when you love your work? The Handmaid’s Tale, a popular television series based on her 1985 novel, recently wrapped up its third season. And in September, her newest novel, The Testaments, was released and she has...

Stopping The Spread Of Ageism In the Workplace Needs To Be A Priority

As authors Warren Bennis and Robert J. Thomas report in their book, Geeks and Geezers: How Era, Values, and Defining Moments Shape Leaders, each generation within today’s workforce is defined and influenced differently. That can create discord. Older workers may feel ignored. Millennials are targeted (unjustly at times) as “the privileged generation.” And there are the GenXers and GenYers who...

Plugged In! 7 In 10 Canadians Over Age 65 Feel Confident About Technology Use And 86 Per Cent Are Online Daily

A new survey commissioned by AGE-WELL, a federally funded Network of Centres of Excellence, and conducted by Environics Research, offers a number of fresh insights into the attitudes of Canadians over the age of 65 and 50-64 toward aging, health and technology. The survey was conducted July 11 – 30, 2019 with over 2,000 Canadians 50 years of age...

Are Your Dating Skills A Bit Rusty? Our Experts Help You Up Your Game

“My gal pals assured me that first dates were just like a riding a bike, that instinct would kick in and I’d instantly remember how to go about it,” says Jennifer Blackwell, as she recounted her first post-divorce date. “My 24-year marriage ended two years earlier and I knew I wanted to explore dating again. I wanted – felt...

Head Of The Class: It’s Back To School For Grownups Who Love Learning

Each September, thousands of Canadians return to school both children and adults alike. Learning is a life-long prospect that continues for many long after they've graduated.  For some, returning to school in their 40s, 50s and 60s is about career advancement; for others, the allure of lifelong learning is deeply personal. For many, like Amanda May, it’s both. “At 49, I...

Two Experts Meet To Discuss A Burning Question: Is Midlife Crisis A Myth Or A Reality?

In his 1965 article, “Death and the Midlife Crisis” for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Canadian psychologist Elliott Jaques coined the term “midlife crisis” to describe the period in which one grapples with their place in the world, their remaining years and what’s left to accomplish. It quickly morphed from theory to ubiquity, taking root in popular culture as a...

Navigating Grief: How A Victoria Woman Went From Widow To Becoming The Oldest Person to Sail Solo Around the World

On the day she turned 77, Jeanne Socrates spent time maintaining the steering gear of her sailboat, Nereida, a Najad 380, and then soaked in the sunshine on deck, dabbed on some perfume, and settled in with cake and tea to read her birthday messages. It was day 319 of a voyage that had already taken her over 26,693 nautical miles...

Missing Out On The Spiritual Side of Life? Learn To Access Your Inner Wisdom With These Tips

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...

Exclusive Book Excerpt: The Unexpected Journey of Caring – The Transformation of Loved One to Caregiver

A new caregiver is like a driver in a foreign land. The vehicle is a stick shift, the terrain is mountainous with many switchbacks, and there are no maps, timetables, or rest stops. A catastrophic event or diagnosis catapults a caregiver into a territory that is poorly lit and offers up no familiar landmarks. The roads in this new world are all one-way,...