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...

Snoring Remedies Designed To Give Canadians Peace and Better Sleep

For 30 years, Santina Nato snored and for much of that time, she had no idea just how bad it was. Her partner was the first to break the news. “I really didn’t know,” says the 58-year-old sales associate from Paris, ON. “I’d get an elbow the ribs and be told to turn over, but it didn’t make me...

Canadians Swap “Fly And Fry” Vacations For Meaningful Travel 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 volunteer or to pursue newfound passions. For Anita Draycott,...

Adopt Healthier, Post-Holiday Habits By Following Intuitive Eating Principles

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year. You get to spend time with loved ones, take time off work and enjoy special foods. While they bring excitement, the change in routine can also increase stress. With numerous holiday parties and get togethers, holiday eating can make us anxious, vulnerable and leave us with feelings of guilt. As you...

6 Most Dangerous And Enduring Myths About Osteoporosis That Need to End Now

Myths can be dangerous and life-threatening. Some people believe that osteoporosis is not serious like cancer or heart disease. That thinking puts us at greater risk of failing to do all we can to ensure bone health for living fully and independently as we age. With that in mind, let’s shine a bright light on enduring myths and tackle them...

Yes, We Dare. Grey Hair Is A Badge of Honour And We Will No Longer Hide It

Choosing grey is sexy and inspiring, no matter your age The hair colour du jour is grey – preferably a silky silver. It was once startling among middle-aged celebrities; think Jamie Lee Curtis’s debut more than 10 years ago. Today, platinum hair is practically celebrated among those in pop culture, from trendsetters like Rihanna to the real deal, namely powerful stars,...