Monthly Archives: October 2015

Boomers Over 65, But Not Over the Hill

seniors biking lrgAs a Boomer or Pre-Boomer, who is 65 and over, you are more conscious of your health and well-being than ever before. Gone are the days when you over-indulged in food and alcohol, when you took reckless chances with your safety, and when you ignored your body’s need for exercise. As one of the Lucky Few, you have planned for the future and have your financial house in order. Retired now, as most of you are, you have the luxury of thinking about the meaning and level of happiness of your life. read more

Canadian Seniors and Their Prairie Roots

Canada_West_AdCanadians, and especially Canadians who grew up on the prairies, all came from somewhere else.  During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, apart from roaming Indian tribes, a  few trappers, and employees of the Hudson Bay Company, the Canadian prairie was open land, wild, and uninhabited. After Ottawa acquired the vast Rupert’s Land territory from the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1870 and later completed the Canadian Pacific Railroad, the government in Ottawa looked for ways to secure this immense territory from marauding American whiskey traders and hunters. read more

Voting Preferences of Canadian Seniors

dreamstime_s_42038718We are only days away from an election which will determine many aspects of our day to day lives for the next four years and beyond. As a senior voter, do you feel empowered? Are you hoping for a change in leadership? Or do you feel that it will be the “same old, same old”, and that nothing changes with a new government anyway?

You Are Part of a Very Influential Group

In actual fact, you, as a member of the oldest demographic in Canada have many reasons to feel that we can affect change. Statistics Canada reports that 1.9 million people aged 65 to 74 voted during the 2011 federal election. We have the highest voter turnout percentage of all age groups during federal elections —up to 75.1 in 2011, and 77.5 percent in 2006. For people 75 and older, the percentage was a very healthy 60.3%. read more

Ouch! Must Be a Change in the Weather!

fallRemember when your great-aunt or grandfather walked around some days so stiff and sore that they could hardly get around? Yet, on other days, they were full of bounce and energy. Are they putting us on, we wondered?

Turns out they probably weren’t. Lately we have learned that as the barometric pressure in the atmosphere changes, the barometric pressure in our joints changes as well. In a study of the weather’s effects on chronic pain patients, Dr. Robert Newlin Jamison (Harvard Medical School) discovered that among all people interviewed about their chronic pain: read more