Creating A Better World Starts With Random Acts Of Kindness

In the 1980s the phrase, “Practice Random Acts of Kindness,” was popping up everywhere – bumper stickers, billboards, decals on mailboxes and elsewhere. I remember the first time I saw it. I was in my car and read it on the bumper sticker of the vehicle in front of me. This simple, yet profound message resonated deeply within me because...

One Man’s Opinion: Why Does It Take A Health Scare To Make Lifestyle Changes?

An old pal of mine sent a text message to let me know he was running late for our meet up. “There in 10. Order a drink,” it said. “If you say so,” I replied (beer mug emoji). Then I finished the drink I had already ordered. The moment he was late, etiquette dictated that I was free to order...

Unlimited Attitude: Entrepreneur and Athlete Tracy Schmitt is Unstoppable

As an award-winning business leader, world traveller, decorated athlete, humanitarian and best-selling author, Tracy Schmitt knows a thing or two about perseverance and living a limitless life. In her case, she opts for the term lim(B)itless, a cheeky reminder that she’s also a four-way amputee who shares her life story as tool  to push others beyond their limits. Recently, she...

Trend Watch: Meet Two 60+ Canadians Who Are Choosing Work Over Retirement

The village of Hanstholm, in northwestern Denmark, may not be everyone’s idea of a dream destination when they’re in their 60s. With a population of approximately 2,100, this remote commercial fishing port is right on the frigid North Sea, but Brian Dickens, a 62-year-old from Parksville, British Columbia, doesn't mind. He's come for one thing only –  to retro-fit a commercial...

Unravelling The Mysteries And Challenges Of Building And Finding Female Friendships Over Age 50

I moved from Montreal to Toronto at age 71 because I wanted to live closer to my daughters and their families. We love spending time together and I enjoy being part of their lives. However, I missed having a few intimate female friends my age to share life experiences and to do things with as I explored my new...

Making Wishes Come True – A Nova Scotia Non-Profit Group Turns Dreams Into Reality For Adults 70+

About six years ago, a Facebook friend nominated Katie Mahoney to do an act of kindness. She opted to spend some time with an older woman in Halifax where they both live. “I saw her doing acts of kindness and volunteering,” she says. In return, Mahoney and what she calls her friend-in-the-making spent an entire day together doing just...

5 Tips To Make Healthy Eating Easier Just In Time For Nutrition Month

Dietitians play a role in helping Canadians understand how food impacts their health and how to use food to enhance their lives. Dietitians can show you how to select and prepare foods to help keep you energized or prevent or manage many chronic conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and celiac disease. Almost half of Canadians say that eating a...

Are You Experiencing Nature-Deficit Syndrome? Forest Bathing Provides A Remedy For Urban Stress

Recently, I went forest bathing (also known as nature therapy) which is adapted from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku. It originated in Japan in the 1980s and has become popular around the world. In fact, some research suggests it is becoming as popular as the yoga trend that began 30 years ago. Forest bathing involves walking through the forest slowly...

Thinking Of Escaping The City For Country Life? How One Couple Made The Leap

A weekend at the cottage is a welcomed reward after a week of toil. It’s how so many Canadians enjoy our great outdoors and recharge their batteries. So it stands to reason that more than a weekend – like, say, full-time – would be even better. Or is it? For just over a year, writer Leanne Hibbert Fournier, 55, and...

Play Time! An Ottawa Sex Educator Suggests New Ways To Fan The Flames Of Intimacy

Sex & Relationships: Q&A with Venus Envy’s Sam Whittle If you think sex stores don’t cater to Gen-X and Boomers, think again! Ottawa-based sex educator and Venus Envy store owner, Sam Whittle, spoke to me about how her customers are embracing their sexuality later in life. Many people fear aging won’t benefit their sex life. Is this true? The biggest misconception is...