Things to do on a Snowy Day

Starting last Thursday evening, and ending Saturday night, Montreal received over 35 cms of snow. Sunday was the sort of day where you stood at the door and said, “Where do we go from here?” In any case, the snow ploughs and the dump trucks have been out...

Turning Memories into Memoirs

While many seniors at one time or another think about writing a memoir, many are discouraged by a lack of confidence in their writing ability, or are of the opinion that their stories are not interesting enough. Nevertheless, taking suitable time to write down stories...

Tips for Adopting a Blue Zones Lifestyle

Blue Zones are the names given to geographic locations in the world where people typically live past 100. The benchmark for becoming a Blue Zone is having a centenarian rate that is an astonishing three times higher than the national average. Ikaria in Greece,...

Exploring Housing Alternatives for Seniors

In 1998, Shirley Meredeen was in her late 60s and together with Madeleine Lewis had founded Growing Old Disgracefully, a network established to challenge preconceptions of older women as passive and redundant. In the summer of that year, Meredeen attended a workshop...

Raging Grannies

  The first group of Raging Grannies came together in a loosely knit fashion as anti-nuclear activists calling themselves “NERT — Nuclear Emergency Response Team.” When they began in 1987, they were eleven white, nearly all middle-class,...

Artistic Expression – It Belongs to Us All

A number of studies suggest that participatory arts activities within aging populations help to maintain the health and quality of life of older adults. These benefits include improvements in subjective wellbeing, tactile and cognitive abilities and dementia risk...

Creativity and the Aging Brain

You can use the powers of the aging brain to heighten creativity. The aging brain takes after the creative brain in a number of ways. For example, the aging brain is more easily sidetracked and uninhibited than the younger brain, making it fairly akin to the creative...