How Well We Age Has A Lot To Do With Our Attitude, Studies Determine

Aging is part of life. So why don’t we forget about the aging part and concentrate on just life instead? Or better yet, on living. Because, as Jennifer Weeks, an associate at the Toronto-based management consulting firm BEworks knows, the benefits of a positive outlook can go well beyond contributing to our enjoyment of life. A healthy attitude can extend our lives Weeks,...

Meet KGB84, Japan’s Pop Group Sensation – Members Under Age 80 Need Not Apply

When they take the stage at venues in places like Singapore and Tokyo, they are greeted with enthusiastic applause and screams of excitement. They are one of the hottest pop groups in Japan and the median age of 84. Look on YouTube for videos feature KGB84 and you’ll be tapping your toes to the catchy, energetic dance tunes with...

Can A Personal Emergency Device Give You Peace Of Mind?

Circling the earth at an altitude of 20,000 kms, 24 GPS satellites complete two full orbits every day, transmitting the signals that provide location intelligence to billions of devices and applications. Their data has revolutionized the way we move, shop and complete our daily routines. Most critically of all, it is helping save lives. When medical alert systems emerged in...

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,...

Adult Vaccines: A Healthier You Is Just A Jab Away

The Question: What vaccines should I be getting and when?  No matter your age, vaccines are an essential tool for maintaining good health and a key defence against serious illness.  However, the number of adults who are up to date with their vaccines is low, according to the most recent National Immunization Survey:  Less than half (40 percent) had a flu shot.  ...

Why Movement Is Better For Healing Than Bed Rest

Forget rest: Movement is the way to heal and thrive post-injury, post-surgery and during chronic pain. As someone who lives with chronic pain, I know this first-hand. I developed neck and upper back pain after being hit by a car while cycling in Toronto in 2001. For almost three years I wrestled with my pain, finally going on disability when...

Fitness For Everyone: Try Kettlebell Training To Improve Your Strength And Mobility

As we age, being active is essential to maintain a good quality of life, physically, mentally and, yes, even spiritually. Our bodies are designed to move – to push, pull, crawl, walk, jump, squat, hinge, throw, turn, twist, stretch, kick, run, hop, roll . . . getting older shouldn't mean doing less. In fact, we must continue these moves to...

What A Concussion Taught Me About Resilience, Vulnerability And Acceptance

In November 2016, at age 69, my life changed in a split second and my world turned upside down after I suffered a fall that resulted in a traumatic brain injury. On my road to recovery, I tapped into my resilience and learned important life lessons in dealing with a health challenge. I was walking towards the grocery store where...

The Competitive Edge: Athletes Over The Age Of 40 Train Smarter And Push Harder

When it comes to sports and physical activities, I am a competitive person. It’s just how I’m wired. I grew up in a time when being competitive and female wasn’t always viewed as being proper. As a result, a lot of my sports role models as a kid were male. Among my idols were Patrick Roy (hockey), Steve Podborski...

Do The Latest ‘Anti-Aging’ Pills Really Work? Or Are They All Hype and No Hope?

If your dream is to stop aging altogether, there are some media stories that you might find intriguing. Headlines about anti-aging pills draw eyeballs and set expectations high, but how viable are they, and what exactly do they do? As our population grows older, more research time is being dedicated to minimizing the biological impact of aging. One approach is...