A Gerontologist/Author Offers Her Best Advice On Creating Long-Term Care Plans For Loved Ones

At some point, many adult children will find themselves in a position where they need to assist in the planning of long-term care for a parent. The choices are overwhelming. Mary Jo Saavedra, a gerontologist and Certified Aging Life Care Professional (CMC), wrote Eldercare 101: A Practical Guide to Later Life, Planning, Care and Wellbeing. It provides comprehensive, straight forward...

Understanding Dry Eye Disease And The Need To Address It Before Cataract Surgery

Many of us expect that the quality of our vision will change as we grow older. We're more likely to need reading glasses and face the potential of developing a variety of troublesome eye ailments. One of the most common is dry eye disease. “Dry eye is a condition that occurs when either the quality or quantity of tears is...

Exercise in the Slow Lane: Research Shows Tai Chi Can Boost Your Health

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...

It’s Never Too Late To Butt Out: Better Health Is Within Reach For Smokers Who Quit

Toby Turner, an office manager from St. Boniface, MB, is looking forward to Thanksgiving 2018. “The Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend 10 years ago – that’s when I was able to butt out for the last time. I remember my last cigarette. I leaned against the hood of my daughter’s car in the driveway, enjoying one last puff while the...

Changing the Way We Talk About Pain Can Help Soothe the Ouch

Pain is often the reason why people make an appointment to see their healthcare provider. If the feeling – the pain, the discomfort – is recent or acute, it is often easier for a healthcare professional to diagnose and treat the problem. You may have hurt yourself in some way, had an accident, are recovering from surgery, or getting the...

Good For the Sole: Tips For Finding Stylish Shoes Kind to Aging Feet

Thanks to a lifetime of being hard on one’s feet and also physiological changes, foot pain and related issues become more common with age. While some of the foot problems older adults face can be similar to those experienced by younger adults, they can be caused by different reasons. Dr. Brad Sonnema, president of the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association, explains...

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...

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;...

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...

The Ties That Bond

Reaping the many rewards that come with close relationships between grandparents and grandkids The bond between a grandparent and grandchild is a special one, but what happens when they live thousands of miles apart? How can close connections be maintained from afar? With the help of technology, of course. Kathleen Huculak, an 83-year-old grandmother based in Edmonton, learned to use a...