Meditation And Mindfulness Helps Improve Mental And Physical Health

For many, the word ‘mindfulness’ conjures up mental images of New Age hippie types sitting cross-legged on multicoloured pillows. However, mindfulness practices are quickly becoming mainstream as more and more people are recognizing (and studying) the positive impact it can have on their overall well-being. “A decade ago, there were about 70 journal publications about mindfulness. In 2014, there...

The Quest For Better Sleep Continues With Innovators Dreaming Up Smarter Slumber Solutions

Forget envying youth for their youth; it’s their deep sleep we most desire. Increased waking in the night, or waking earlier in the morning, just seems to come with age, but it’s not because we need less sleep. In fact, as we age, we need the same amount of sleep as all adults — between seven and nine hours....

New Technology Helps Older Canadians Age In Place At Home Safely

Soon after turning 70, Marianne Buzza knew it was time to downsize. But it wasn’t about the size of the house. “I love to garden and had created a bit of a monster. We needed a smaller yard!” she says with a laugh. She and her husband, Wally, also wanted to live in the town of Wasaga Beach, ON, so...

Fight Back Against Loss Of Muscle Mass With These Expert Tips

As we grow older, our bodies change and that's true of how we build and sustain muscle mass and strength. We sure had it easy in our twenties. At the peak of our physical prowess, our bodies could burn calories sitting still and they kept building bones until the age of 25. But once we hit our thirties, that’s when...

The Truth Behind Depression In Older Adults Is Not Normal

Usually happy and outgoing, John Rake* was utterly bereft after his wife died last year, after 68 years of being together. "He would tell me, 'Life isn’t worth living. I just want to die,'" says his daughter Lisa from her home in Toronto. “He was scared. He thought he was losing his mind.” It wasn’t just what he was saying that was...

A Better Shot At Better Health: Are You Up-to-Date With Your Vaccinations?

What vaccines should you be getting and when?  No matter your age, vaccines are an essential tool for maintaining good health and a key defense against serious illness. While a vaccine for COVID-19 has not been found, other types of vaccinations should be updated. However, the number of adults who are up to date with their vaccines is low, according to the...

5 Designer Tips For Staying Safe And Comfortable In Your Home Longer

There’s no question that Canada’s population is aging, and people want to stay in their homes while they do. A recent survey found that 93 percent of seniors feel it’s important to stay in their home through their retirement years. So how can you extend the time you and your loved ones spend in your home sweet home, into...

What To Do When Injuries Strike: Brace Yourself The Right Way And Get Healing

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...

How To Eat Your Way To Better Sleep With These Snooze-Boosting Foods

Do you ever have trouble falling asleep? Maybe you find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night? While many of us can relate, lack of sleep is a topic that often doesn’t get much spotlight in the realm of health. There is mounting evidence that demonstrates how important restful sleep is to both our mental and physical health.1 In fact, studies...

Is It Time To Add Tai Chi To Your Exercise Routine?

William Leclair had much to celebrate when he approached his 55th birthday three years ago. The Toronto-based communications specialist was fulfilled in his career, proud of his family and he took delight in his circle of close longtime friends. “All things considered, I was in a happy place in my life,” says Leclair. What he did not celebrate was the...