The Gardening and Longevity Connection

The gardening and longevity connection, is it real? Well, consider this. In parts of Japan, Greece, Sardinia and Costa Rica, it’s common for people to live into their 90s and even their 100s. These “centenarian centers” feature a mostly plant-based diet, moderate exercise regime, and a strong social support system. And there’s one other thing: … Read more

Does Medical Marijuana Hold Promise for Dementia Patients?

Medical Marijuana Provides Hope to Dementia Researchers and Patients Many times I watched helplessly as my mother who suffered from dementia was administered psychotropic drugs to control her agitation. I advocated for her constantly but you can’t as a layperson argue with a physician about the best treatments. You don’t understand the disease. You don’t … Read more

What is Subjective Age?

We’ve all heard the saying, “You’re as young as you feel” or “You’re only as old as you feel.”Well, those sayings are proving to be true. Subjective Age is proof positive that you’re only as young or old as you feel. Scientific studies have demonstrated that Subjective Aging, which is defined as how young or … Read more

Code Stroke In Hospital

My personal experience with “code stroke” took place in an operating theatre undergoing aneurysm surgery. While surgeons worked to wire a larger aneurysm, a second smaller one ruptured. What should have been a two-day stay in hospital stretched into 6 weeks, in and out of ICU with a 2-week stay in the Stroke Rehabilitation Ward. … Read more

Why Is Mobility So Important For Seniors?

As we age, our Mobility takes on increasing importance. No one wants their ability to move about compromised, much less lose it entirely. One of the most upsetting issues affecting seniors and usually one of the first things to impact mobility is the loss of one’s driver’s license. Governments have taken notice that seniors are … Read more

Does Aging Cause Hearing Loss?

“I hear everything I want to hear, thank you very much” was my grandmother’s response whenever we asked why she refused to use a hearing aid. As far back as I can recall,  my granny was deaf. Not completely deaf but hearing compromised to the point where we would have to repeat most things and … Read more

Why Is It Important For Seniors To Exercise?

My Mother was never an exercise advocate or devotee. However, she was an explorer; a lover of the great outdoors, and in the last chapters of her life moved to the remote but beautiful Margaree Valley in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. There her exercise consisted of gardening during the summer months and snow shovelling … Read more