Canada Aging

When You're Fat It's Everyone's Business

Monica Parker | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Living
Monica Parker

I was on the beach, happy to be alone. I was minding my own business, which is not allowed when one is fat. It's everyone's business. A beautiful redhead jogged past me wearing a pink string-thing. In a soft voice, she introduced herself as Melissa, and then said she hoped I wouldn't be offended. I work for a diet company and we have these amazing appetite suppressants..."

At 52, I Am Finally Happy With the Person I Am

Allyson Eamer | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
Allyson Eamer

Congratulations to me on having finally arrived at that wonderful place wherein it doesn't matter to me if people don't find me bright, interesting, engaging, articulate or attractive. I am finally -- at 52 -- happy with who I am. I have finally decided that I have things to say that are worth taking note of.

Cut Calories -- At Least For The Sake Of Your Muscles

AFP/RelaxNews | Posted 04.23.2015 | Canada Living

It takes considerable self-discipline, but sticking to a hypo-caloric diet could benefit aging muscles, according to a study by researchers in Taiwan ...

Living Long Shouldn't Mean Living Lonely

Kim Samuel | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Living
Kim Samuel

There is a kind of loneliness that cuts even deeper than feeling alone. Social isolation -- the lack of meaningful relationships and human contact and connections -- is a devastating affliction, with impacts ranging from depression to accelerated aging and the risk of early death. Older persons are especially vulnerable.Older people face multiple risk factors: a partner's death, disability, chronic illness, reduced or unstable income, loss of vision or hearing, frailty, fear of falling and fear of forgetting.

Probiotics Could Control "Inflammaging"

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The trouble with inflammaging is how hard it can be to detect. One of the more popular directions in controlling inflammation involves targeting not human cells but microbial ones. The trillions of bacteria in the intestines are known to play a role in inflammation particularly in the elderly.

Coffee with Old Friends

Rob Mitchell | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
Rob Mitchell

A recent interview on the Podcast 'Bullseye' focused in aging, the passage of time and our perceptions on the world during various points in our lives...

I Finally 'Get' Dating After Turning 30

Lauren Messervey | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

I have a secret weapon now. I have 30. It may have had a bad wrap in the past, but 30 has equipped me with the wisdom to spot these men from a mile away and tune them out. Another person's bad behaviour is never my fault and 30 has taught me that, preparing me to live like the glorious woman that I am.

Five Steps To Fight Age-Related Weight Gain

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

Be mindful of portion size but think mostly in terms of quality, not calories. An energy-equivalent portion of kale and processed fast foods are not equivalent in any other way, as the cruciferous kale is akin to a warehouse of nutrition with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and anti-carcinogenic health benefits.

How Aging Affects Inflammation in Our Bodies

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg If a person continued to supplement bacteria with our health in its best interests, such as probiotics, mutiny may be prevented or at least belayed. With more research, we may be able to prove this point and find a means to offer the elderly, the sick and even the brokenhearted a way to prevent the onslaught of virulence and live a happier, longer life.

Canada's Baby Boom Is Nothing Like the One in the U.S.

Robert L. Brown | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert L. Brown

First, assuming that the baby boom is a post-war phenomenon means we jump to the wrong conclusion when guessing the cause. The baby boom was not the result of frisky soldiers returning to Canada. It was, instead, the result of the very good economic times in the period 1952 to 1965 allowing for at-home moms and large families.

How To Look Gorgeous Naturally For The Holidays

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada
Sacha DeVoretz

In the winter my skin goes from combination to dry and flaky to oily, all within 24 hours. Choosing beauty products and skincare routines can be difficult in this situation. Here are some tips that will help you keep your skin healthy and glowing throughout the holiday and winter season.

Ontario Doesn't Need An Income-Based Drug Benefit Program for Seniors

Steve Morgan | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

Rather than placing a tax on health needs -- as income-based drug plans do -- Ontario should consider a more positive road to universal pharmacare. Specifically, it should consider tax financing a universal drug benefit program that would give non-seniors the same coverage elderly residents enjoy today.

Here Is Your Inspiration To Keep Fit And Enjoy The Outdoors At Any Age!

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada
Sacha DeVoretz

Sacha DeVoretz (author) and "Dundarave Dave" 70 years of age. In August 2013, Outside Magazine named the Grouse Grind one of the most dangerous hi...

The Best Defence Against Colds and Flu Is More Sleep

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Studies to unveil the marvels of our daily hibernation -- and the deleterious effects of deprivation -- will continue and many more discoveries will be made. In the meantime, as the cold and flu season continues to spread in Canada, we should take heed from the research suggesting slumber is critical to health.

Five Key Lessons the Over 90 Generation Can Teach Us

Beverley Golden | Posted 01.03.2015 | Canada Living
Beverley Golden

Documenting and preserving their stories, their legacy, is so crucial now as a way to offer younger generations a chance to learn from them. My fear is they might become a generation reserved for casual historical mentions of the times they lived in, their memories and lessons forgotten and lost forever.

Aging and Mental Capacity Under the Law

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

As our population ages, issues involving capacity can be expected to become more prevalent in the coming decades. Consequently, being able to identify these issues effectively will become increasingly important in balancing the dual goals of protecting vulnerable people.

Why Canada Shouldn't Rely on Unpaid Caregivers

Nicole F. Bernier | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada
Nicole F. Bernier

There's the reality that not everyone has a network of friends and family they can call on who are able, capable or willing to handle sometimes complex care needs -- in many cases, for care needs required over long periods of time. In 2012, nearly 461,000 Canadians 15 years of age and older suffering from a chronic condition needed homecare but had none -- formal or informal.

Employers Should Focus on Mental, Not Physical Age

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Living
Eric Quon-Lee

If physical age shouldn't be utilized as a filter, then what should companies be looking for when assessing a candidate's cultural fit? Companies should be looking at whether or not individuals have the right mental characteristics that match the company's culture

Canadians Take Care of Their Retirement...But Not Their Health

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Most Canadians have taken steps to prepare for their retirement, but ironically, the vast majority of Canadians have not spent much time or effort investing in the most important asset that will help them live comfortably through their golden years...their health.

Sex, Lies and Physician Supply: Why Female Doctors Are Not to Blame

Lindsay Hedden | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lindsay Hedden

Although female physicians do work somewhat fewer hours than male physicians -- and indeed work differently in general -- there is no strong evidence that this difference has or will have any significant effect on the overall effective supply of family practitioners in Canada.

Can't Sleep? Blame Your Neurons

University of Toronto News | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Reported online August 20 in the journal Brain, the new findings demonstrate for the first time that a group of inhibitory neurons, whose loss leads to sleep disruption in experimental animals, is substantially diminished among the elderly and individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

Senior Women Show Us The Beauty Of Aging

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada Style

While we are constantly bombarded with messages that being young is beautiful, we often overlook one small fact: that growing old is beautiful too. ...

Give Seniors "Homes" Instead of "Institutions"

Verena Menec | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Living
Verena Menec

Should we really be talking about how many nursing home beds are needed as politicians, media and health policy people all do? Or should the question be: "How many more homes are needed for frail older people who need care?"

How Fast You Walk Might Predict Whether You'll Get Dementia

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

A new study published in the journal Neurology suggests that a simple test measuring how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints can predict later problems with dementia. The developed assesment will potentially allow for many more people to know whether they are at risk without complex testing.

The 3 Easiest Ways To Age Backwards (No, Really)

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada Living

It might seem like a no-brainer, but researchers at the University of California San Francisco are the first to show that healthy living can cancel ou...