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Aging Alone Part Two: Care and isolation - With the pace of life, for most of us it seems like there’s never enough hours in the day to get everything done plus manage a household. Newstalk


Aging Alone: The price of loneliness - Between mobile technology and the ease of transportation, many of us feel like we are more connected than generations before us. CKNW


The challenge of recognizing one’s days of living independently are over - Francess Halpenny was already in her prime, holding down two key jobs as a general editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography and dean of the Faculty of Library and Information Science at the University of Toronto when I met her in the mid-1970s at a conference I was covering as a callow editor for Quill & Quire. Her credentials were impressive. And yet, what I remember about Halpenny is her personality. The Globe and Mail


Tips To Reduce Elderly Depression During The Holidays - Although we like to think of the holidays as a joyous time of year, not everyone feels that way. It can be a depressing and lonely time for seniors -- especially for seniors who are separated from their loved ones. In addition, some seniors might be reminded of lost friends or family members or for the first time find themselves spending the holidays without their significant other. These losses bring on a lot of strong emotions and can be difficult to face alone. Huffington Post


Study finds that aging warps our perception of time - Much like trying to watch a video with the audio out of synch, older adults may have difficulty combining the stimuli they see and hear, and it could have implications for rapid decision-making tasks such as driving, according to new research. Waterloo News


3 Mantras Every Caregiver Needs to Know - If you are caring for aging parents, there are many websites and books you can use to get smart about how to manage and provide care for them. Maria Shriver


What We Can Learn About Aging From Little Singapore - When it achieved independence 50 years ago, Singapore was an unexceptional place, other than for its challenges. With few natural resources, weak infrastructure and year-round tropical heat, there was little reason to believe in the prospects for the small Asian city-state. So Singapore focused on its people. New ideas, ambitious leadership and forward thinking investment led to rapid advances in economic development, education and public health. It was hard to ignore Singapore's example and emergence as one of the most successful economies in the world. Huffington Post


10 Ways to Cope With Grief During the Holiday Season - The holidays are fast approaching, and wherever you find yourself, there are reminders to be merry because the season of joy is upon us. However, if you find yourself in a state of grief, then instead of embracing this time, you are looking for an escape route. In fact, just thinking about these events can create a sense of panic, and suddenly you find a lump in your throat and tears welling up in your eyes. Maria Shriver


Why You Should Vacation With Your Grandkids - In the past 12 years, I have taken one or more of my six grandchildren on 25 trips, mostly adventure trips — river rafting, bicycling, rock climbing, camping, a dinosaur dig — in the U.S. but also internationally. Next Avenue


5 Things My Midlife Crisis Taught Me - A few years ago, I believed I had it all. I was healthy, strong and in the best shape of my life. I had also just gotten married to an amazing man. I was a professional working at a well-known pharmaceutical company, and my husband and I had just bought a lovely home in a charming neighborhood. I wanted to pinch myself! Life seemed so grand. Huffington Post


What It's Really Like To Turn 83 - Exactly three years ago, my uncle Morris passed away in Dallas at age 103 plus a few months. He never expected to live that long -- does anyone? But he did, and was alert until his very final days. Huffington Post


2015 CAREGIVER FRIENDLY WORKPLACE AWARD - We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Canada Cares Awards. Check out their stories. We invite you to share your congratulations and feedback. A special thank you to everyone who entered the coast to coast and to our judges and committee members. Abilities Canada


“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” - “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” I was reminded of these words from Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Sanford University as I watched the new Steve Jobs movie. The movie simultaneously portrays him as a heartless opportunist and a creative visionary. Regardless of the characterization, Steve Jobs was a fascinating guy who brought us the likes of MacBook, ipods, ipads and iphones. The movie depicted him as algorithm obsessed and relentless in his pursuit of the perfect product design. Geniuses are, by their very nature, a little lopsided. And, Steve Jobs was, apparently, pretty lopsided- brilliantly creative and interpersonally dysfunctional. Liz Kitchens


Call Me Granny - Call me Nana. Call me Bubbe. Meema. Oma. Grandma. It doesn't matter what you call me, only that you do. I have weathered two miscarriages with your parents and one full term pregnancy. I have written a book about wanting you and waiting for you. And I have talked about you incessantly to anyone who would listen. And now that you are here, I am getting greedy. I want you to talk to me. Huffington Post


4 in 5 Canadians believe employers responsible for health: Study - A new report suggests the majority of Canadians believe their bosses are responsible for supporting their physical and psychological health. Labour Reporter


When so many have so little, we have too much - In what has to be one of modern times’ most revealing juxtapositions, while the world is currently focused on refugees, North American baby boomers — the most privileged generation in history — are focused on their own refuse. The Star Phoenix


How To Remain Hopeful At The End Of Your Life - People approach the loss of a life in different ways. Many never consider that they can choose an attitude toward dying. For patients and caregivers alike, deciding on an attitude to deal with difficult times can actually ease the suffering that so often surrounds the dying process. Huffington Post


10 Reasons Why Your Fifties Rock - Even though the texture of my neck leaves a lot to be desired, no amount of weight training can keep my upper arms from jiggling --and my bra size is a 36 long --My life is FAR from over! Huffington Post


6 EASY EVERYDAY ROUTINES FOR STRENGTH AND BALANCE - Moving through our days gets harder as we age. Bending and stretching, stepping off curbs, even navigating the furnishings in a room – many of us don’t perform these movements as efficiently or gracefully when we’re older, and some of us end up hurting ourselves. We might even fall. Senior Planet


Male caregiving more common than you think - Twenty years ago, Mark Tearle made a deathbed promise to his father who was suffering from prostate cancer. “I told him I would look after mother until her dying day and I could see that was a great weight off his mind.” The Star


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