15 Lessons I Learned From Holocaust Survivors About Living Your Best Life

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...

Dress Your Age? It’s Time To Put That Ageist Idea To Rest For Good

Huda Cade scoffs at the notion of dressing your age. “It’s ageist! That phrase means women of a certain age should dress and act in a certain way, but who makes that decision? Who says what that age is, or what appropriate attire is?” asks the owner of Eveline Street Clothing in Lockport, MB. For 25 years, Cade has maintained a...

Lighten Up: Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Drinks With Less Calories, More Nutrition

There is a long list of pumpkin spice inspired products available to consumers this time of year. There are pumpkin spiced beers, cereals and yes, even dog treats. The pumpkin spice mix is essentially a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice, but it has been known to include other ingredients like clove, cardamom and mace as well. The...

Brush Up On Your Oral Care Health Facts

It’s time to sink our teeth into an important topic – oral health care. A healthy mouth is, quite simply, something to smile about. At one time, getting older meant getting dentures. That is no longer the case. “There is no reason we have to lose our teeth as we get older,” notes Halifax dental hygienist Careen McNeil, owner of...

Entrepreneurs Over 50 Lead The Way In Launching New Businesses

Entrepreneurs are often willing to trade off security and a predictable income in exchange for the increased happiness they get from working on their own. Longer and healthier lifespans are enticing increasing numbers of Canadians to remain in the workforce longer. So it should hardly come as a surprise that many are also starting their own businesses. A recent Sheridan...

Understanding The Mind-Muscle Connection And Making It Work For You

As we age, our bodies and our minds change. They may get weaker, but they may get stronger in certain ways, too. Take the mind, for example: Constantly working it out by learning and challenging it through things such as puzzles, for example, keeps those synapses in tune. And then there are your muscles, of course. They need constant tuning...

Doctors Ponder Ending The Medical Cannabis Stream With Expanded Legalization

With the legalization of recreational cannabis on Oct. 17, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has renewed its calls for the medical stream introduced in 2001 to be discontinued. Speaking with CBC News Calgary in August, Dr. Jeff Blackmer, the CMA’s vice president of medical professionalism, said that the majority of its members have always had concerns about medical cannabis. He...

One Of The Best Perks of Aging? A Profound Lack Of Embarrassment

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...

Smile! Straight Talk about Orthodontics After Age 45

If your smile is less than dazzling, brace yourself: Adult orthodontics is a hot trend. Today’s materials are lighter, cheaper and more effective than the ‘metal mouth’ options we grew up with. The number of adults choosing to straighten their teeth and improve their smile has increased by 40 percent in the past two decades, according to the American...

Global Experts Meet To Discuss How Not Only To Live Longer, But Healthier

If you want to increase your “health span” as well as your lifespan, you need to take simple daily actions involving physical activity, nutrition and social connection. That was the message from experts at the International Federation on Ageing’s (IFA) 14th global conference, Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing – From Evidence to Action, held in Toronto this August. This summer,...