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...

Relationships: The Elixir To Healthy Aging

Now is the perfect time to reinvent and revitalize relationships across the spectrum – with life and romantic partners, family, friends, colleagues, other generations and, most important of all, yourself “A good relationship is the single best recipe for good health and the best antidote to aging that anybody has ever come up with,” says Dr. Sue Johnson.  The Canadian clinical...

Unlimited Couple: Yannick and Shantelle Bisson Write Their Own Script for Healthy Living

Canadian film and TV actor Yannick Bisson is known to fans around the world for his portrayal of 19th-century detective William Murdoch on CBC’s award-winning Murdoch Mysteries, now in its 12th season. Off-screen, he’s a busy director, mountain biker, charity fundraiser, husband and father of three daughters. Sharing this hectic life is Yannick’s wife of 28 years, Shantelle Bisson,...

How To Stay Calm And Carry On When Dementia Turns Your World Upside Down

You might think you know what to expect when you hear the word “dementia,” and then – when you’re confronted with it in real life – you realize how little you knew. This disease turned my parents’ world upside down and, for awhile, mine too. While caring for them, I’ve learned that no two dementia diagnoses or prognoses are alike,...

How to Stay Healthy While Navigating Through Separation and Divorce

As Boomers enjoy longer lives, staying in a challenging marriage “until death do us part” becomes a less than attractive option. No wonder almost 40 percent of marriages end in divorce. But, while marital transition can ultimately lead to greater happiness, separation and divorce can take its toll on one’s health. Leaving a romantic union is stressful for anyone. But...

Baubles with Brains: Smart Jewellery Unites Fashion and Function

As I sit at my desk, my fitness tracker buzzes every now and then to remind me to get up and move – after all, sitting is the new smoking, and long periods of inactivity are detrimental to health. While I appreciate the reminder, sometimes I can’t help staring at my trusty cheerleader and wishing it were a bit...

Divorce After 50: Finances and Fresh Starts

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Jane Fonda has been a groundbreaker all her life. The two-time Oscar winner’s latest television series Grace and Frankie, which premieres its fifth season in early 2019, is no different, tackling late-life divorce, a subject she knows well.  Things have changed since Fonda split up from her first husband, Roger Vadim, in the 1970s when she was in her late...

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...

Light Therapy and 7 More Ways to Brighten Dark Winter Days

Lori Dudley remembers thinking: “I just want to leave on a one-way ticket somewhere and not come back.” At the time, the 53-year-old Ottawa-area resident was experiencing severe fatigue, moodiness and a lack of motivation. The normally driven and energetic healthcare executive eventually recognized a pattern to these symptoms. They would hit her like a ton of bricks in...

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.  ...