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Are You Experiencing Nature-Deficit Syndrome? Forest Bathing Provides A Remedy For Urban Stress

Recently, I went forest bathing (also known as nature therapy) which is adapted from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku. It originated in Japan in the 1980s and has become popular around the world. In fact, some research suggests it is becoming as popular as...

Unlimited Couple: Yannick and Shantelle Bisson Write Their Own Script for Healthy Living

Canadian film and TV actor Yannick Bisson is known to fans around the world for his portrayal of 19th-century detective William Murdoch on CBC’s award-winning Murdoch Mysteries, now in its 12th season. Off-screen, he’s a busy director, mountain biker, charity fundraiser, husband and father...

Our Ability to Improve the Lives of Aging Canadians Is in Peril

Teamwork between multiple sectors is the lifeblood of technological innovation in Canada – especially as we strive to improve the lives of older Canadians. So why is the Networks of Centres of Excellence initiative, which provides such essential collaboration and support, being phased out? A...

Advance The Conversation Around Healthy Aging By Volunteering With AGE-WELL

Volunteering is not only rewarding, but also good for our physical and mental health. Studies show volunteering helps reduce stress, combat depression, reduce social isolation, provide mental stimulation and give us a strong sense of purpose. Did you know volunteering can also create real-world...

How Well We Age Has A Lot To Do With Our Attitude, Studies Determine

Aging is part of life. So why don’t we forget about the aging part and concentrate on just life instead? Or better yet, on living. Because, as Jennifer Weeks, an associate at the Toronto-based management consulting firm BEworks knows, the benefits of a positive outlook...

Mature Student Olive Bryanton Continues Her Passion For Learning With Another Doctorate

Firsts are second nature to Olive Bryanton.  As a part-time employee with the PEI Senior Citizens’ Federation, Bryanton led the team that established the first drop-in centre for older residents on the island. It’s still going strong today.  Working with a psychology professor at the University...

Trailblazing Media Personality Valerie Pringle Broadcasts The Wonders Of Nature

Valerie Pringle is serious about hiking. When she is asked about her longtime commitment to The Great Trail, a network of 24,000 kilometres of recreational trails (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail) that links all 13 provinces and territories, she becomes poetic, quoting philosophers...

Canada’s Indigenous Communities Can Teach Us Much About Aging And Wisdom

Western cultures see aging through the narrow, warped lens of health and disease, chronic illness and disability. Being independent for as long as possible is highly valued. People are impressed, for example, that my 95-year-old father lives alone, shops for his own groceries, cooks...

White Coat Debate: Is Food Medicine?

The food-as-medicine debate has been around for decades, but research on the power of food to treat or reverse disease is pushing food centre stage as a formal part of treatment, on par with medications and other therapies. Most people agree food plays an...