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Your OHIP Card Could be Your Ticket to Better Health Support in Your Home, or in a Long-term Care Facility

Statistics Canada, in 2012, told us that 792,000 Canadians who, because of aging, being ill or living with a disability, need support to live at home, are not receiving it – or are not receiving enough of it....

Functional Exercise Can Improve Your Balance

Do You Have Osteoporosis? Functional Exercise Can Improve Your Balance and Reduce Your Risk of Falling

Osteoporosis is sometimes referred to as the “silent thief” as it causes your bones to become porous and brittle, and reduces their mass, but does not announce itself with obvious symptoms: Many of us...

The Case for the New Year’s Resolution

The Case for the New Year’s Resolution

Santa Claus has come and gone, squeezing himself down even the narrowest of chimneys, and New Year’s eve, with its sparking wines and splashy fireworks has faded away, leaving us to face January head on, with...

Christmas: Mulled Wine, Cranberry Sauce, Glistening Fields of Snow

Christmas: Mulled Wine, Cranberry Sauce, Glistening Fields of Snow and … Last-minute Shopping

There are Canadians who have long completed their Christmas shopping, who have neat stacks of beautifully wrapped gifts tucked under a decorated tree as I type this sentence, on December 16th. And there are others...

5 Ways to Wrestle Your Debts Into Submission

November is Financial Literacy Month: 5 Ways to Wrestle Your Debts Into Submission

I was surprised when I read this statistic in an article on debt in Canada from CBC News: The typical Canadian senior, defined as being at least 65 years of age, held almost $15,000 in debt at the end of June in 2015...

Santa Claus, Mulled Wine, Dancing Sugar Plums…and Loneliness?

Santa Claus, Mulled Wine, Dancing Sugar Plums…and Loneliness?

The Christmas season can arrive with a kind of magical feeling walking by its side. When I see bright lights hanging on houses in the darkness of night, I remember the Christmases of my childhood, when my family...

Writing the Kind of Journal That Outlives You

Writing the Kind of Journal That Outlives You

I am the procrastinating owner of many notebooks; I have a thick brown notebook with a red ribbon bookmark hanging out of it – it looks like it means business – and a thin, prim notebook with a bright...

Could a Video Game Help You to Remember to Take Your Medication?

Virtual Week: Could a Video Game Help You to Remember to Take Your Medication?

Have you ever been stumped by this question: Have you taken your medication this morning? Or put a pot of water on a piping hot burner to boil, only to then become absorbed in a TV mystery or a gossipy phone call and...

Silvernest: When a 20-odd-year-old Wants to Find a 70-odd-year-old Roommate

Silvernest: When a 20-odd-year-old Wants to Find a 70-odd-year-old Roommate, or Vice Versa

Macleans magazine ran this headline recently: “The tidal wave of seniors has to be seen to be understood.” Radio Canada chimed in with, “Seniors now...

Getting Old = Getting Happier. Seriously.

Getting Old = Getting Happier. Seriously.

Our culture reveres youth and the young. We don’t see TV ads for beer where a group of friends in their 70’s are enjoying a beer after a hike or while sitting around a crackling summer campfire. But what...

Coconut Oil: The Myths and The Facts

Coconut Oil: The Myths and The Facts

The coconut palm tree is, to us Canadians, a symbol of sunny climes, white sand beaches and kicking back; its fruit, the familiar brown, shaggy coconut was once best known for topping sweet cakes or adding sweetness...

Saying Goodbye to a Loved One Who is Dying Can be a Beautiful Thing

Saying Goodbye to a Loved One Who is Dying Can be a Beautiful Thing

Scott Simon, the host of Weekend Edition Saturday on NPR and author of the bestselling book, Unforgettable: A Son, A Mother and the Lessons of a Lifetime used his Twitter account – there are...

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