How To Fight Fair And Get Real Resolution With Anyone In Your Life

There's nothing like a healthy argument to clear the air and get back to peaceful state. Yet, many of us avoid argument at any cost. A life without conflicts would be easier, but that’s the stuff of fairytales, especially when you're a caregiver for a family member. There are so many hot-button issues that are likely to cause riffs and...

Passion on the Fly: The Life-Changing Power of Travel

Travels for older adults
Canadians swap “fly and fry” holidays for healthier pursuits Many Canadians in their teens and 20s travel as a rite of passage between finishing school and getting serious about career, family or both. Later in life, the motivation changes. Having been there and done that, mature globetrotters are moved to explore by a bigger purpose, whether it’s to learn, to...

Live Long and Prosper: Next Generation Medical Technology Revolutionizes Individual Care

In the popular Star Trek TV show and movies, a doctor (usually McCoy, or science officer Spock) could approach someone in need of medical attention, wave a tricorder over the person and instantly get a diagnosis. It was a fantastical idea that no longer seems far-fetched.  Breakthrough advancements in technology – such as artificial intelligence, robotics, sensors and enhanced connectivity,...

Take It Outside: Whether Hiking Or Walking, Research Shows ‘Green Exercise’ Elevates Workouts

Christine Andersson calls it her Isaac Newton moment – you know, the guy who allegedly discovered the law of gravity while sitting under a tree. “Except in my case, it was more of a self-discovery, but I really was sitting under a tree.” Upon taking early retirement, the 54-year-old lost one of the best perks of her former job as...

The Hidden Benefits of Growing Older: The Wisdom of TED

There’s a certain ritual in celebrating the arrival of a new year: counting down the seconds until midnight, drinking a glass of champagne, hanging a fresh calendar on the wall. And while the simple fact of being able to greet another year should be cause for celebration, adults – once they have reached the age of majority – seem...

Separating Hype From Hope: How Nutrition Affects Arthritis And Joint Health

More than six million Canadians live with arthritis. It can occur at any age, but the likelihood increases with age. It can be painful and debilitating because it causes inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues.1 It can affect any part of the body; however, the most common areas are the hip, knee, spine or fingers.2 There are many different types...

Brace Yourself! Your Guide To Helping Joint Injuries Heal

Oh no. It’s happened again. That painful little twitch in your knee has returned. Naturally you want to help the healing process along, but where do you start? While nobody likes to think about getting an injury, it’s comforting to know there are a growing number of options to help you recover quickly and comfortably. Two of the most...

New Approaches For Treating Chronic Pain From the President of the Canadian Association of Orthopaedic Medicine

Chronic pain is the number one cause of disability in older adults 1and the number two cause of workplace absences and of visits to the family doctor. As an interventional physiatrist based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, and the Canadian Centre for Integrative Medicine in Markham, ON, I see firsthand the toll chronic pain takes on individuals...

When Aging Happens: Don’t Call Me ‘Mister,’ Prostate Troubles And Multifocals

Is there actually a way to age better when it comes to health? Being a baby boomer, I would say aging and better health is an oxymoron. Or is it? First, what is aging? For me, three signs confirmed I was aging: 1) when people started calling me “Mr. Strigberger;” 2) when I first came across doctors who were younger than me;...

Planning A Sun Vacation? Before You Fly, Protect Yourself With The Right Vaccinations

If you've ever caught a bug while travelling, you know that being sick on the fly is a real vacation spoiler. It's true that globetrotting exposes us to wonderful new things, but there is a risk of being exposed to some harmful ones as well. For Canadians looking to make international travel plans, there is a wide range of preventative...