Since housebound cats do not have the challenges of finding food and seeking shelter, they are looking for something else to do. It is important to involve your pet in some sort of daily physical activity. Several factors make this a challenge. Continue reading Coping with a bored cat – and other common feline conundrums
Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, established in 1843 by James Douglas as a fort for the Hudson’s Bay Company. Victoria’s city centre, with its stately Edwardian architecture, surrounds the Inner Harbour, home to visiting yachts, ferries and floatplanes. Street entertainers play along the causeway in the summer and flower baskets hang from the lampposts. The mountains of Washington state, across the Juan de Fuca Strait, form a backdrop and, come evening, the parliament buildings are lit with 3,560 tiny lights. Continue reading Enjoy the relaxed West Coast style of Victoria
I was struck by a short video of Jane Fonda talking to a group about ageing and the “third act” of our lives. First of all, she looks amazing and is well over 80 now. She began her presentation by referring to life as an arch… we begin, we peak and then we decline. Continue reading The third act
Technology uses scientific knowledge for practical purposes and over the last century, innovators have harnessed it to change the way we live. Did you ever think there would be a robot caregiver or a self-driving car? How about a 3D printer that can make a heart valve or wearable technology that can locate you if you’re lost in the woods? If that sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, think again. The future, it seems, is now. Continue reading Can technology change the way we age?
People ask if I miss being mayor of Stonewall after 12 years in the chair. “Not really,” I reply. “There comes a time when I’m up for a change – something different, and the town is due for a fresh approach.” Thanks to volunteer host programs in most provincial and state parks, I have the honour and privilege of being a “mayor” of two campgrounds for a month each, in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Voluntarism is a way of life with many seniors, and volunteering as campground hosts is a fun, meaningful and healthy example, ideal for those in the Freedom 55 category. Continue reading Campground hosting: a perfect fit for this retired mayor After 12 years as Stonewall mayor, Ross thrives in volunteer posts in U.S. parks.