Canada Aging

Boomers: Rewire Yourselves Or Die

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Living
Nancy A. Shenker

Other people my age seem to have "missed the memo" about technology, entrepreneurship, and active aging. They spend hours complaining about how the world has changed, how tough millennials are to work with, and how much their muscles and bones hurt. I try to either inspire or avoid those people.

Building A Strong Relationship Between Caregivers And Patients

Optimum Care | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

This National Nursing Week is a time to acknowledge the caregivers who are dedicated to keeping Canadians healthy, happy and active all the way into their later years. Just like nurses, there are many other people out there who act as the primary caregivers for the seniors in their lives.

Modern Estate Planning Should Reflect A Changing Society

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

In recent years, an aging population and the rise of non-traditional marriages have become issues that are increasingly relevant to estate planning considerations in Canada. As society shifts over time, it is important that estate planning methods and strategies are capable of adaptation to suit changing needs.

Why Do We Hate Reading Glasses So Much?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Sooner or later, many Canadians will find themselves stretching their arms out to the point of shoulder dislocation, or using a magnifying glass from their child's science kit to read the fine print on medications, food packages, smartphone screens and more, before they give in to having to buy the inevitable reading glasses.

My Body Turned 50 But I'm Still A Kid At Heart

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I don't consider myself "old," but then again, I'm not sure if one ever does. Yes, I have more aches and pains than I used to have, and my scars and bruises may fade, but they never really completely go away anymore.

Don't Underestimate Stress: How It Harms And Ages Your Body

Marc Davis | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

The irony for many of us is that our "stress response" has become even more damaging to our health than the everyday events that trigger our stress. In other words, we typically tend to preoccupy our minds with these stressful incidents long after they're over. And so the cortisol keeps flowing long after it should have abated.

Beauty Mistakes That Are Making You Look Older

Caroline Topperman | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Style
Caroline Topperman

A while back we talked about Style Habits That Make You Look Older, but what about your makeup? If you aren't staying up to date with your beauty routine then no matter what your clothing says, your face will be giving away your age or even worse, making you look older.

Spring Break Planning Tips For Senior Travellers

Optimum Care | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

The benefits of travel on the soul do not disappear as we grow older. In fact, there are many instances where travel has proven to be extremely beneficial for seniors, adding excitement, something to look forward to and an overall new perspective on living. In addition, helping your senior loved one recognize the dream of travel into a reality is a priceless gift.

Are You Skilled Enough To Manage Millennials?

Peter Shurman | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Business
Peter Shurman

If you're a boomer-aged manager who thinks they have what it takes to effectively work with a millennial workforce, think again. This test will show you whether you've actually got the skills, or if you have a lot of work ahead of you.

'Manopause' Is Real And Should Not Be Ignored

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

A 65-year-old man notices he's feeling more tired lately. He's gaining weight and losing muscle. He can't get as many erections, and generally feels foggy and unwell. His family doctor takes some blood tests and rules out thyroid problems, high cholesterol and blood sugar issues. The only finding is low testosterone -- but that's a normal part of aging, right?

Elders Living Alone With Their Abusers Are The Worst Off

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

A new study examining elder abuse -- released by researchers at the University of Toronto, Cornell University and Weill-Cornell Medical College -- has found that older adult victims living alone with their abuser were up to four times more likely to endure more severe levels of mistreatment.

Are You Too Old To Learn A New Language?

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

There are a lot of people who glibly toss the idea that older people cannot learn a new language around and, unfortunately, I think it influences some people who are past their thirties. They think they can't learn a language anymore. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Learning To Deal With All Aspects Of The Aging Process

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

How much, or how little, does it take for things to go awry as we age? Deteriorating physical and mental health, loss of loved ones, social isolation, and the progressive inability to cope with daily tasks and challenges can make people dread the so-called "golden years" rather than embrace them.

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.