Canada Aging

3 Risks To The Aging Population Of Canada

Michael Gazer | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

Canada is experiencing a demographic shift. Baby boomers, currently the largest generation, are rapidly reaching retirement age. By 2021, 17.8 per cent of the total Canadian population will be over 65 - that's nearly seven million people. By 2041, that number is expected to jump to 9.7 million, or 22.6 per cent.

Exercises That Will Keep You Feeling Your Best At 60+

The Huffington Post Canada | Caroline Topperman | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Living

Keep your heart and bones healthy and strong!

Don't Let Age Come Between You And An Adventurous Life

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

What is it that holds us back? Sometimes it's something quite practical -- like the two herniated disks in my lower back -- or the fact that I've had four children and even a sneeze can result in something embarrassing. But sometimes it's not wanting to get out of our comfort zone.

New Health Accord Should Consider A Model Based On Frailty

John Muscedere | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Politics
John Muscedere

In a country as diverse and varied as Canada, such a per capita funding model creates winners and losers. For provinces with flourishing economies and/or younger populations, the formula may be a welcome one. But for many provinces and territories, this funding formula fails to recognize and accommodate their particular challenges and needs.

Ageism: Tolerating Canada's Hidden Prejudice Is Getting Old

Thomas G. Wellner | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada Living
Thomas G. Wellner

Ageism is by far the most tolerated form of social prejudice in Canada, way ahead of racism and sexism. One in four of us actually admits to treating someone differently because of their age. And those are just the ones who are aware of their actions.

Embracing Grey Hair Opened My Eyes To A New Depth Of Beauty

Loreli Cockram | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Loreli Cockram

Looking at my greying hair at least once a day, I stopped seeing it like I used to -- as a sign of defeat -- but more like acquiring a loyalty to my age. I started to accept the mantle of middle-aged maturity toward which this "crown" motivated me. It showed up mostly (surprisingly) in my relationships with other women.

Here's Why Canada Needs A National Dementia Strategy

Dr. William E. Reichman | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. William E. Reichman

Here's the sobering truth: despite close to 40 years of substantial private and public investment, society has not come up with any meaningful medication to help those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Today, some 750,000 Canadians live with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

How To Expertly Navigate Menopause

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

A more useful framework to describe reproductive aging is the concept of the menopause transition and the various stages from early peri-menopause to late post-menopause. This framework is based on the clinical history, including bleeding pattern and symptoms. However, testing hormone levels may help to confirm the stage.

People Need Less Money To Live As They Get Older? (Not Quite)

Michael Wolfson | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Michael Wolfson

Recently the C.D. Howe Institute released a short study just in time for the finance ministers' meeting - rolling out the tired, old argument that as people age, they do not need as much money to live as when they were younger. If only retirement were so easy.

The Many Ways Seniors Can Have Fun — And Make A Difference, Too

Optimum Care | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

As seniors age, much of their time is freed from the commitments of work and family and they start to look for ways to participate more actively in their communities. As the saying goes, doing good makes you feel good, and the seniors who continue to make a difference every day are true testaments to that.

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.