CAMH Researchers Find New Ways To Treat Late-Life Depression

Late life is full of transitions, such as retirement and physical changes. For some people, these changes can cause stress that can lead to developing late-life depression. Finding effective ways to treat depression among older people is critical because depression may pose added risks at this stage of life, including a greater risk of developing dementia. CAMH researchers are conducting...

How One Man Invests In His Inner Gladiator By Hiring A Personal Trainer

In an ideal world, a man my age would be enjoying the benefits of having steadily invested in my health and my wealth from an early age. The retirement brochures say we must start early, invest often, and stay invested. The same goes for our health. Unfortunately for me, I had been treating myself in the opposite way I...

What’s Your Gut Telling You? How To Boost Your Health With Probiotics

In the nutrition world, there is a new spotlight on gut health – and that’s a good thing. Your gut is comprised of your stomach, small intestine and large intestine. Studies show an imbalance of the “good” and “bad” bacteria in your gut could play a key role in diabetes, heart disease, your mood and inflammatory bowel diseases1. Having good...

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...

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...

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...

Women Of A “Certain Age” Shake Off Stereotypes And Disrupt The Fashion World

French fashion designer Coco Chanel famously stated, “After 40, nobody is young, but one can be irresistible at any age.” Indeed, today’s aging female consumers are a stylish and powerful demographic – they earn double what Millennials do, and are increasingly happy to spend it to look fabulous. Yet they’re generally ignored by marketers and retailers, says Mary Chambers,...

Nature’s Way: Hiking benefits the body and soul as we age

Spending time in nature is touted as one of the best curatives for the 55-and-over crowd. Just read the latest studies that link nature-based activities to improved physical and emotional health. Or, better yet, ask the estimated 800,000 Canadians in that age bracket who hike and camp. Despite her impressive long-distance track record, Magdalena Vanderkooy doesn’t describe herself as a...

Heart Attack Survivors Take A Stand Against Heart Disease

How often do you really think about your heart? For me, it’s been quite a bit in the last few years. Research has drawn a connection between my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and cardiovascular disease, showing that RA “is associated with a 48 percent increased risk of cardiovascular events … and a 50 percent higher incidence of cardiovascular disease related...

Give Thanks: Adopting an Attitude of Gratitude is Good for Health and Healing

When I was growing up, my parents constantly reminded my brothers and me to say, “Thank you.” It became so automatic that I didn’t appreciate what it meant. I thought it was their way of teaching us good manners. However, as I grew older, I understood the significance of these words. My parents were Holocaust survivors, and expressing gratitude was part...