Monthly Archives: June 2014

Keeping our brains young

I truly admire people who remember faces, names, birthdays, and especially your last conversation with them. “How was your niece’s grad?” a friend said to me recently. Wow, I don’t even recall telling her about my plans to attend, and here she was—days, even weeks later—asking me about the event! Impressive.

If I’m having trouble remembering things like this in my 40s, I certainly have some work to do to catch up with others my age and to offset the memory challenges that go hand-in-hand with getting older.

Thankfully, there are lots of things we can do to keep our brains sharp and working well throughout our life … what some researchers call “cognitive vitality.” Continue reading

Seniors “act” their age

Some seniors in Germany, ages 75 to 98, know how to have fun. They recently recreated 12 classic film scenes from great movies such as Titanic, Cabaret, Easy Rider and Breakfast at Tiffany’s and compiled the results into a 2014 calendar. It’s creative. It’s dramatic. It’s fantastic!

Click here to see the full calendar, along with candids from the photo shoot and profiles of the actors. Of course, all of the text is in German, but the photos alone tell the story of just how much fun these seniors had. I love their energy and ability to let loose and have fun.

Which photo is your favourite?

Source: Chatelaine magazine

You, only healthier!

I’m not a fan of The Dr. Oz show, but I have to admit that some of the health and wellness information that Dr. Mehmet Oz advocates sometimes makes a lot of sense. In a recent edition of O, The Oprah Magazine, I stumbled across some Dr. Oz tips for good health. They’re applicable for all ages, but here are a few that are especially relevant for seniors: Continue reading

We can stop ageism

Ageism. It’s the stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age.

In Canada, ageism against seniors is a serious problem. According to a survey done by Leger Marketing in 2012 (on behalf of Revera), eight in 10 people believe that seniors age 75 and older are seen as less important and more ignored than younger generations. Six in 10 seniors age 66 and older say they were treated unfairly because of their age. The survey also identified the three most common forms of age discrimination faced by Canadian seniors: Continue reading