Canada Aging

Top Style Trends In Reading Glasses

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Don't laugh, but reading glasses have become a key part of my style. The first time I picked up a pair of reading glasses (after 40), everything changed (for the better). No more straining to read or having to increase the zoom view on my computer screen.

What You Can Do Now To Promote Healthy Aging

Colin Blayney | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Living
Colin Blayney

It's no secret that people are living longer nowadays. From 1921 to 2011, life expectancy in Canada increased from 57.1 to 81.7, a gain of 24.6 years. If you want to make the most out of those extra 25 years, follow these simple guidelines.

The Link Between Vitamin D And Rheumatoid Arthritis

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the oldest ailments in human existence and for anyone suffering from this condition, the symptoms can be unbearable. At the microscopic level, the lining of the joints becomes inflamed and as a result, aches. Trying to figure out how to manage arthritis has been the goal of many researchers.

Fitness At 50: Minding The Middle

Theresa Albert | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Living
Theresa Albert

There is a massive market out here of women who have crossed the finish line. We are successfully "middle age." A phrase that struck humour in me when I was 20, interest when I was 30 and fear in the 40s. And you know what? It's not so bad, there's lots going for it but there is the downside.

The Sexual Pleasures Of Aging

Lyba Spring | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

There are plenty of articles about sex and aging. For women, the advice seems to boil down to "use lube"; and for men, "consider Viagra." But erectile dysfunction is not inevitable; neither are dryness and vaginal atrophy. Lest one might think distress is lower in this age category because we have given up on sex, some of us who are 65 and older are having regular and satisfying sexual activity with no need for aids of any kind.

Our Unexpected Pick For Best Fundraiser Of The Year

Bob Ramsay | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada
Bob Ramsay

It wasn't a gala. It didn't happen in tony Toronto. It involved just 16 people, among them one woman. It took place in a suburban strip-mall. The even...

Canada Needs A National Plan To Address Dementia And Alzheimer's

Howard Feldman | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Howard Feldman

One of the biggest threats to quality of life and health in aging is the loss of cognitive abilities and functional autonomy that are associated with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. The projections of the number of Canadians living with dementia are staggering with over 750,000 individuals affected today.

Dementia Will Never Truly Take Away My Aunt Claire

Ngaio Hotte | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
Ngaio Hotte

As a little girl, Aunt Claire was always my favourite. The oldest of my mother's siblings she was, to me, the picture of elegance. With her manicured nails, flawless make-up and effortless-looking hair, she could have put the ladies behind Holt Renfrew's cosmetics counter to shame.

Canada Must Address The Health Needs Of Its Aging Population

Russell Williams | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Russell Williams

We're fortunate to live in an era where the average life expectancy is today over 80 years young. Unfortunately, the flip-side of Canadians living longer and generally healthier is that many older seniors experience multiple health problems -- a common yet under-recognized health state known as frailty.

Older Adults Living on Low Incomes Need Housing Options

Arlene Adamson | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Arlene Adamson

It was recently reported that Calgary has some of the most expensive seniors' housing in Canada, at $3,100 a month, some $1,000 over the national average. There's no doubt that the article has a point: we do need more affordable seniors' housing in this country.

Should You Change Your Filter?

Lynn Morrison | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Lynn Morrison

I have a bedtime routine. Every night I slip into my room before my husband. I close the curtains and dim the lights. Then I stand in front of my full-length mirror and slowly pull my clothes off, piece by piece. It is a show with an audience of one: me.

You Can Master the Art of Active Aging

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Embracing the aging process is important even though at times it may be challenging. There are many measures we can take to age more gracefully and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle but the key factor is fitness.

Long-Term Care Is a Struggle for Those Aging With HIV

Karen de Prinse | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Living
Karen de Prinse

There is still a common belief that being HIV-positive is a death sentence, when in reality most people now reach the age of retirement, living with what is a serious, long-term illness. These inaccurate beliefs result in stigma and discrimination with often devastating effects.

Canadian Seniors Have It WAY Better Than Much Of The World: Rankings

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living

A low poverty rate and universal healthcare kept Canada on top.

30 Things to Do by 30

Simone Castello | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Living
Simone Castello

I just turned 30. Looking forward as a teenager, I never imagined that my 20s would be such defining years. What I never pictured in my big visual were all the little, seemingly insignificant things that would define my existence -- who I wanted to be as I stood on the threshold of the big three-oh.

Dear 20-Year-Old Me

Shanita Hubbard | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Living
Shanita Hubbard

It was an amazing time. You couldn't tell this Dr. Carter G. Woodson reading, Zeta loving girl anything! My college years were everything. I don't have any regrets, but if I had the chance to whisper some wise words to the afro-puff rocking young Shanita I would do it.

30 Things I've Learned About Style in Time to Turn 30

Anne T. Donahue | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Style
Anne T. Donahue

On Saturday, August 29, I turn 30. Three-oh. Twenty plus ten years. The age in which you are completely responsible for your own actions and can't, in any way, shape, or form, blame it on your "turbulent twenties" or "being young." That's why here, in the spirit of turning 30 and basking in life lessons, I present: 30 things I learned about style over the course of the last 30 years.

5 Foods To Avoid If You Want To Stay Young

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada Living

Don't worry there's also a list of anti-aging foods!

Do You Have Concerns About a Family Member's Driving?

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Driving is an activity of daily living (ADL) just like getting washed, dressed or cooking. It is an activity that we learn to do once the skills needed to drive have matured. In order to drive safely, we rely on the fine-tuned integration of the necessary physical, visual, cognitive-perceptual, and behavioural skills.

How to Recognize the Signs of Elder Abuse

AlzLIVE | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

It is not always easy to recognize elder abuse, particularly if you are the victim. Yet elder abuse is, unfortunately, prevalent in our society. The good news is that there is increased awareness with respect to the existence of elder abuse and its many forms, and numerous resources available to help.

How to Manage Difficult Behaviour While Caregiving

Eva Zatrak | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

It is challenging for many people to accept a loss of control as their independence gradually declines. Based on this loss of control, many become anxious, demanding, or resistant. This creates a new set of challenges for the caregiver.

42 Things I've Learned at 42

Ward Anderson | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

With a toddler running around my house these days, I find myself looking back over the years and thinking of all I've learned in my four-plus decades on this planet. Since I turned 40, I've started making lists I can maybe pass her way one day. Here's 42 things I've learned at 42.

Canadians Need a Policy Nudge to Enhance Pension Contributions

Robert L. Brown | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert L. Brown

Pension reform continues to hold interest across the country, especially given the willingness of the federal Conservatives to at least talk about expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Pundits and politicos are weighing in now with blunt talk of "voluntary" or "mandatory" enhancements to CPP. Neither may be exactly what Canadians want. Here's why.

The Pros and Cons of an Expanded Canada Pension Plan

Rob Brown | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Business
Rob Brown

A new report came out this week that reiterates what we've heard from other sources a few times now: Canadians aren't saving nearly enough for retirement. The Deputy Chief Economist of the CIBC warns that without pension reform now, younger workers today will see a steep decline in living standards as they retire. The Conservative government has recently announced it would like to have a dialogue with Canadians about a potential expansion of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). While this, in itself, is a purely political action -- since it commits the government to nothing -- it is worth looking at what the possible outcomes might be.

Should Personal Experience Guide Health Care Policies?

John Hirdes | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
John Hirdes

In the absence of systematic evidence, anecdotes rule the day. Unusual cases of negligence, tragic rare events, and exceptional health system failures have been the fodder for media sensationalism triggering anxiety in the hearts of bureaucrats, health care managers and the general public.