33 Ways You Can Take Charge Of Your Life During The Coronavirus Crisis

The COVID-19 situation continues to change not even just daily, but hourly. With everyone mandated to stay home to help “flatten the curve,” that is, curb the spreading of the coronavirus, we find ourselves isolating at home for the foreseeable future. While times are challenging, the healthy aging principles we embraced B.C. (before coronavirus) are even more important now to...

How Vitamin D Can Help Bolster Your Immune System And Knock Down Disease

We often hear about how vitamin D helps our body absorb calcium. While it is a key player in bone health, that is not the only role it has in our body. In fact, almost every cell has a vitamin D receptor.1. Vitamin D influences the bones, intestines, immune and cardiovascular systems, pancreas, muscles, and brain.1 It is a fat soluble...

Erectile Dysfunction Does Not Mean The End To An Active Sex Life

Michael Russer, now 68, developed erectile dysfunction after surgery for prostate cancer in 2011. “I never really experienced depression, which is a state in which far too many men find themselves stuck,” says the co-founder of CancerIntimacyHelp.com and the Santa Barbara, CA-based CEO of Russer Communication. While depression can cause erectile dysfunction, it’s often the result of it, too. Many men define...

How Your Eating Habits Should Change As You Age

It’s easy for a 20 year old to get away with nutrition abuses – a sugar-laden cinnamon bun for breakfast and greasy slices of pizza for dinner. Later on in life, the body is less forgiving of such indulgences. It’s a reminder that as we get older and wiser, how we eat and what we eat needs to evolve...

Stress Accelerates Aging So Tap The Brakes By Saying No To Demands On Your Time

When stress strikes, your body responds to the mental turmoil you feel. And the effects can be devastating. Schedule overload is just one contributing factor. You feel like you are spread too thin and can't accomplish everything and everyone that demand your energy. What if you said, "No." No to attending yet another bridal shower. No to a friend...

More Companies Should Start Offering Paid Leave To Grandparents

It’s well understood that bonding time between newborns and their parents is crucial, especially in those early days. Now comes recognition that grandparents should be part of that experience, too. Employers have parental leave for moms and dads. Recently, some are including grandparents as well. Software company Cisco Systems rolled out a three-day paid leave for its Canadian employees in...

Green Exercise Elevates Your Workout, Researchers Find

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 55-year-old lost one of the best perks of her former job as...

‘He-Sheds’ Across Canada Help Older Men Build a Sense Of Community

What if instead of potting soil and lawn mowers you filled a shed with hot coffee, cribbage boards and friends? That’s the idea behind Men’s Sheds, a non-profit program that brings men together to enjoy activities, socialize and forge bonds with their communities. The concept, which started in Australia, was brought to Canada by Doug Mackie, a retired financial...

How You Can Be Your Own Advocate To Get Timely Osteoporosis Assessment And Diagnosis

At age 58, Denise Gibbons lost her balance and fell. At the hospital, doctors ordered an X-ray, MRI and ultrasound and determined she had a broken hip. It didn’t occur to Gibbons that osteoporosis was to blame for her fracture. “Because I was under 60 and had broken a bone, it was suggested that I have a bone density scan...

The Most Important Conversation You’ll Ever Have With Your Parents: Plans For Their Future Care

“If you don’t want to talk about this, or if you can’t, maybe you could just pray for a tornado to hit your parents the day before they get sick.”  – Shlomo F. Kreitzer, retired psychologist. Rarely do I meet people who want to talk about planning for a loved one’s future aging and end of life. Rather, I meet then...