Lifestyle and Long-Term Care 
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by Jessica Dostie
13h ago
By Wendy Haaf   Maintaining healthy habits in your early 60s may substantially decrease your odds of needing nursing-home care later in life. Researchers reviewed lifestyle questionnaires from 127,108 people aged 60 or older who had enrolled in an Australian study between 2006 and 2009. Based on smoking status, physical-activity levels, sleep patterns, eating patterns, and time spent sitting, participants were deemed low, medium, or high risk. Over an average follow-up period of 10 years, 23,094 participants were admitted to a long-term care (LTC) facility. In the high-risk group, the rat ..read more
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What to Know About Travelling Solo
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by Jessica Dostie
3d ago
By Julie Lavoie   A solo trip abroad—or even to another part of the country—can be a daunting prospect, but it can also be immensely rewarding. Here are some options and resources for a hassle-free trip.  If you’re contemplating a solo travel adventure, the first thing you should know is that a travel agency is the best way to ensure your peace of mind. While they don’t all offer the same services, knowing that you have someone you can contact in case of a problem is reassuring. “Going with an agency and getting advice before you leave is always helpful,” says Isabelle Eon, owner and ..read more
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Why Write a Will?
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by Jessica Dostie
3d ago
By Olev Edur   My father recently made me, his only child, a joint owner of his bank account, but he also has an investment account in his own name only and refuses to write a will or create a power of attorney. What happens to those investments when he passes on?   Since your father has placed his bank account into joint ownership, it will revert to you directly and immediately when he passes, without having to go into his estate and be subjected to probate. However, because he won’t create a will, he’ll be deemed under the Intestate Succession Act in your home province of Nova Scot ..read more
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How to Find Forgotten Money
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by Jessica Dostie
1w ago
You may have money that you don’t know about waiting for you somewhere   By Olev Edur   Is it possible that you have money you’ve simply forgotten about? Many Canadians, including a substantial number of retirees, are missing out on billions of dollars in unclaimed cash and financial assets that are being held by financial institutions and government agencies pending claims by their rightful owners. Some of that wealth might be yours for the asking.  As of July 2023, for example, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) was sitting on $1.5 billion worth of uncashed cheques (these cheque ..read more
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Your Winter Skin-Care Regimen
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by Jessica Dostie
1w ago
When the temperature drops and the furnace comes on, the air in the house dries out and so can your skin; here are a few pro tips for fending off the ravages of winter  By Constance Cazzaniga   Colder weather means it’s time to trade T-shirts and shorts for boots and a coat, and the need for a seasonal swap applies to skin care too.  “In the summer, we use lighter creams, while in winter, our skin has different needs,” says Marie-Claude Côté, director of training at Clarins Canada. She advises using facial-care products that are especially hydrating and nourishing when the furna ..read more
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Could COVID Bring on High BP? 
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by Jessica Dostie
1w ago
By Wendy Haaf   Protecting yourself against COVID-19 infection could also keep another problem at bay: new-onset high blood pressure. A 2023 analysis of the electronic records of more than 45,000 Americans linked COVID infection with a significant boost in the odds of developing persistent hypertension. For example, 21% of people who were hospitalized for COVID went on to develop high blood pressure within six months, compared to 16% of patients hospitalized for influenza. The gap was similar between people with COVID or flu infection who hadn’t required hospitalization: 11% versus 4%. Pe ..read more
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Getting Enough Vitamin D?
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by Jessica Dostie
2w ago
By Wendy Haaf   How do I know if there’s enough vitamin D in my diet? We have two ways of getting vitamin D naturally: our bodies make it when our skin is exposed to UVB rays from sunlight, and we can eat foods that contain it.  For a number of reasons, however, it’s difficult for many healthy Canadians 55 or older to get the daily amount of vitamin D that’s recommended for maintaining bone from food and sunshine alone. (Just what that number is depends on whom you ask. Health Canada recommends a total of at least 600 IU from food and supplements for adults 51 to 70 and 800 IU for th ..read more
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Back in Shape
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by Jessica Dostie
2w ago
By Josée Lavigueur   Your back muscles need to be worked regularly if they’re to provide you with stability. These two exercises will help maintain their strength and endurance.  Upper Back With Weights Place the palm of your right hand on the seat of a solid, stable chair. In your left hand, hold a light weight such as a dumbbell or a water bottle; let your arm hang by your side. Keeping your elbow slightly bent, slowly raise your left arm almost up to your shoulder. Keep your head aligned with the extension of your back. Lower your arm slowly. Do two to 12 controlled repetitions ..read more
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Hobbies May Boost Mental Well-Being 
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by Jessica Dostie
2w ago
By Wendy Haaf   Older adults who pursue hobbies may be less prone to depression and more likely to be happier and more satisfied with their lives than non-hobbyists. To determine whether the benefits of hobbies were consistent around the world, researchers led by a team at University College London (England) examined data from more than 93,000 people aged 65 or older who were enrolled in one of five studies on aging taking place in England, the United States, China, Japan, and 12 countries across Europe. Data that spanned four to eight years showed a link—with only minor national differen ..read more
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Stephen Brunt: Sports Matters
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by Jessica Dostie
3w ago
One of Canada’s foremost journalists and authors reflects on the importance of sports, words, and community  By Rob Lutes    Where were you born? I was born in Hamilton, Ontario, which is where I live. My roots and my parents’ roots are pretty deeply entrenched around this city.  Did your parents inspire you to become a writer? My dad was a very creative guy. He was a self-taught artist—he had a square job where he designed the layouts of factories for the American Can Company, but he was a very good musician. He had played with Tommy Dorsey and others. So the biggest influ ..read more
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