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Balancing Work and Caregiving

By Wendy Johnstone on Jun 7, 2017

Almost 28 per cent of Canadians combine paid work and caregiving. The majority of caregivers experience wonderful feelings of fulfillment by giving back to the person they are caring for and enjoy strengthened family relations. The strains of caregiving, however, take their toll. Read more...


Sharing Family Stories

By Diane Salter on May 1, 2017

As we share family stories with our children, and grandchildren, implicit messages come through about who we are, where we have come from and the shared beliefs and traditions of our families. Read more...


Mother of the Main Event

By Callie Martin on Apr 28, 2017

While most brides will don a white (or white-ish) gown, the fashion rules are less clear for the beloved mother of the bride or groom. Attending a wedding is stressful enough without having to worry about the number of sequins on your gown, so here are some tips for shopping for your formal wear in 2017. Read more...


Self-Compassion

By Wendy Johnstone on Apr 28, 2017

It turns out that when we are kind to ourselves or showing self-compassion, it leads to increased feelings of happiness, optimism, gratitude, and life satisfaction. It’s even linked to better coping and resiliency in the face of demanding life situations, such as caring for someone else. Read more...


Acknowledging Loss

By Wendy Johnstone on Apr 3, 2017

The experience of loss, regardless of age, can cause emotional pain or a disruption in our lives. Losses can be minor or major and relative to how the person experiencing the loss perceives it. Read more...


Grandtravelling: Machu Picchu

By Kate Robertson on Mar 16, 2017

Intergenerational travelling or grandtravelling, as it’s sometimes called, is becoming increasingly popular. According to Despina Gakopoulos, public relations representative for Road Scholar, “Travelling and spending more time with grandchildren are most often at the top of the list of things people want to do when they have more free time. Read more...


Sex After Sixty

By Sarah Kay Elliott on Mar 16, 2017

When I was much younger, I could not even imagine my grandmothers having sex with their spouses. Now that I am a grandmother, I can’t imagine how I believed this idea of “old” people not having any sex. So I am sharing my personal story to help dispel any myths or taboos on this subject of “senior sex.” Read more...


My Mid-Life Dabble in Online Romance

By David Mathews on Mar 10, 2017

For the umpteenth time in umpteen months, I received that same provocative invitation to click my way to true love. Previous encounters ended poorly. Did I really want to take a look at this new match who blinked her way onto my computer screen? “Damn it.” I couldn't resist. Read more...


Finding Love Online

By Robin Roberts on Mar 7, 2017

Seniors are increasingly drawn to online dating. There are sites especially for us, and among North American adults ages 55 to 64, online dating use has doubled since 2013 according to a Pew Research Center Survey. Read more...


He Moved In

By Michele Sprague on Mar 7, 2017

We knew there would be adjustments. After all, we’re over 60 years old and this is our second marriage. But we didn’t realize what it would be like to combine two households into one, small condo… and two lives. Read more...


Start the Conversation

By Wendy Johnstone on Mar 7, 2017

Advance care planning isn’t just for seniors or those facing a critical illness. A process of thinking about and sharing your wishes for future health and personal care, it’s for everyone, including family caregivers, the young and the healthy. Read more...


Pas de Deux

By James Ellsworth on Feb 1, 2017

David Roland and Amalia Schelhorn continue to dance through life. They both had distinguished careers in ballet as “youngsters,” performing as principal dancers in several leading classical roles. Read more...


Fit for Her Adventures

By Wendy Johnstone on Jan 3, 2017

England, Wales, Normandy, France, the Camino Trail and hours of desert hiking in the Palm Desert. These are just a few of the exciting places Greer Rosequist has hiked in her lifetime. Read more...


Generally Speaking

By Wendy Johnstone on Jan 2, 2017

Family caregivers often struggle with not knowing how to speak up and get their message across to key people involved with the person for whom they are caring. Read more...


The People I Married

By Nadine Jones on Nov 16, 2016

Twenty-eight years in Richmond and the first year in the north means thousands of weddings in very diverse places – and for very diverse people. Looking back on it, I realize how lucky I was for so many years, enjoying the privilege of being part of other people’s happiness. Read more...


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