Easy Riders: Those With Mobility Issues Stay Connected With Communities Through Innovative Cycling Program

For those who have experienced a loss of mobility and independence, the Cycling Without Age (CWA) program can help beat the social isolation, loneliness and depression that can come with physical limitations. It engages older Canadians and those who are less abled by offering free bike rides in specially designed trishaws. The volunteer organization originated in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2012 with...

Another Stereotype Shattered! Yes, Happiness Does Increase With Age

Legendary singer Patti LaBelle nailed it when she said: “Here’s what I know: I’m a better person at 50 than I was at 48 … and better at 52 than I was at 50. I’m calmer, easier to live with. All this stuff is in my soul forever.” Sandra Anderson, a newly minted empty nester in Ottawa, feels the same:...

Why Scientists Say Walking Is The New ‘Superfood’

Why some scientists call walking the new “superfood” capable of reversing aging and boosting health Spanish explorer Ponce de León spent years sailing around the world looking for the Fountain of Youth. But according to the latest research, he might have found it if he had searched on foot. While the benefits of walking are well known – from reducing...

Columnist Robert Hawke Says It’s Okay To Ignore The World – For Now

For pretty much the last two years (two and half really) I have been watching events in the world and shaking my head. It has seemed to me that this part of the planet was going down a rabbit hole of confusion, sexism and xenophobia that left my head and heart spinning. You may have felt this as well. I...

Medical Cannabis E-Commerce Website Launched By Shoppers Drug Mart

Canada’s more than 300,000 medical cannabis patients now have a new ally when filling their prescriptions, with Shoppers Drug Mart unveiling its new e-commerce platform devoted to medical cannabis. Product information is available nationally, but Shoppers Drug Mart can initially only sell medical cannabis to patients in Ontario. Patients will be required to take a medical document similar to a prescription...

Sex Over 60: Keep The Passion Going As Part Of A Life Plan For Healthy Aging

While certain health conditions can affect the libido and sexual capacity, many people still want and need intimacy, or have sexual desires, as they grow older. However, there seem to be taboos and preconceived ideas about the sexuality of older adults. What the research tells us Sexuality is defined by the World Health Organization as encompassing sex, gender identities and roles,...

How Getting A Good Night’s Sleep Can Heal Your Heart

When Rip Van Winkle took his dog for a walk one sunny autumn day, he had no idea he would drop into a deep sleep for 20 years. According to Washington Irving’s famous short story, the Dutch-American farmer – unlike many of us today – didn’t toss or turn and wasn’t bothered by unusual dreams or awakened by strange sounds....

The Cane Attraction: Walk With Confidence And Look Fashionable With The Latest Mobility Devices

The long-time mobility helper enjoys a fresh wave of fashionability, thanks to innovative designs For much of its history, the cane was meant to make a bold statement about one’s status or fashion sense. Ancient Egyptians from all social classes owned canes, but King Tut went to extremes, amassing 132 that were buried with him in his famous tomb. Meanwhile, King...

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

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...

10 Stress-Busting, Health-Boosting Tips For Managing The Holidays

The holidays can be a busy (and often chaotic) time of year. To help you cope with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, University of Ottawa Heart Institute social worker Esther Doucette prepared the list below. Doucette's tips for managing the holidays are everything you need to keep your stress in check this season. Be sure to share these...