Unlimited Attitude: Mystery Writer Louise Penny On Reinvention And Being a Caregiver

“There is a crack in everything,” Louise Penny likes to quote in her bestselling mystery novels. “That’s how the light gets in.” That interplay of dark and light – and how one can’t exist without the other – is the theme for her books, and her life. Penny is one of Canada’s most successful novelists in any genre, the winner...

Looking For the Next Big Idea For Healthy Aging: AGE-WELL Launches the National Impact Challenge

Technology is tackling common issues faced by aging Canadians in a big way. That could mean a smart sensor, a robot, mobile phone app or a website. It starts with an idea, a solution to a problem, or a fresh way of looking at a challenge. To inspire both established and would-be inventors, AGE-WELL, Canada’s technology and aging network, launched...

With Altitude and Preparation, You Can Avoid A Financial Disaster

In 2008, an Air Canada Airbus 330 flying from Toronto to Lisbon lost power over the Atlantic due to a fuel leak. Fortunately, Captain Robert Piché and First Officer Dirk DeJager were both very experienced flyers with thousands of hours in the air. When the incident happened, they had two things on their side—altitude and preparation. After both engines flamed...

How Daring To Travel Off The Grid Can Be A Spiritual Journey Leading To A Stronger Self

I don’t adapt easily to travel because I enjoy the comfort of my home and daily routines. Travel takes me out of my comfort zone into a world filled with unexpected experiences. That being said, I decided to accept an invitation to spend two weeks in Hawai'i on the islands of Oahu and Maui. I believe that this experience came...

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...

Get Gaming! Why You Should Play Video Games at Every Age

“Stop playing those games, you’ll rot your brain!” said every game-fatigued parent ever. So, imagine your surprise when the doctor prescribes a daily round of Solitaire or a shooter game to keep your memory and reflexes sharp. It might sound bizarre at first, but the latest research hints that video games could be a solution to prevent or slow cognitive...

Since You Asked: By the Numbers

Dr. Elaine Chin
Staying Healthy is Up to Doctor You The question: Why is it important to know my lab numbers and how can I use them to benefit my overall health? Dr. Chin: Information is power. If you’re looking for a picture of your true total health and what the future may hold, it’s all in your numbers. What numbers? Your health numbers revealed by...

Hope Or Hype? Do ‘Functional Foods’ Have More Health Benefits?

Most of us can probably share colourful stories about how food has personally and uniquely impacted our lives. While food choices have deep-rooted influences including cultural and social factors, the notion that food provides nourishment for the body is difficult to argue. The message that foods can promote well-being through disease prevention and therapeutic health benefits seems everywhere in...

7 Essential Life Lessons Boomers Can Learn From Millennials

Millennials are a lazy, narcissistic, entitled generation. At least that’s the prevailing stereotype of these avocado toast-eating navel gazers. Born some time between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, this demographic is the fastest growing segment of the job market and as much as this (and every generation) has their shortcomings, there is plenty that Boomers could learn...

Boomers “Reroute” To Bypass Healthcare Obstacles

It was a Wednesday in early summer 2017 when Tricia Ryan’s life changed forever.  The day before, the Toronto woman, who works as the director of food and beverage research at the Food Innovation & Research Studio at George Brown College, had visited her family doctor complaining of abdominal discomfort.  Ryan’s doctor sent her for an ultrasound, which revealed a mass...