Category Archives: Healthy Living

Exercise programs are adding huge benefits to social networking at local senior centres

Krystal Simpson
Healthy Living

Let’s take a quick poll. If you could exercise with a buddy, would you be more inclined to do so? How about a walking club, would you join one? If the answer is yes, you may not have to look much further than your local senior centre.

Senior centres across the province provide a meeting place for seniors who can be at risk for social isolation, helping them stay connected to their community. Many centres also incorporate health promotion and healthy living initiatives into their programs. Senior centres are well-positioned to provide a platform for social interaction and can be a great venue for exercise programs as well. For older adults, when you combine exercise with a supportive social environment, the benefits grow exponentially. Continue reading Exercise programs are adding huge benefits to social networking at local senior centres

Keeping the brain healthy as you age

Krystal Simpson Healthy Living
Krystal Simpson
Healthy Living

We can develop new connections in the brain, even into old age – so yes, you can teach that old dog new tricks!

Here’s a new twist on those old New Year’s resolutions. Have you ever thought about getting your brain in shape? Keeping your brain active is as important as being physically active. And like any other part of your body, your brain needs to be worked out to stay healthy. So maybe it’s time to put the brain on a fitness program. Ready, set, learn! Continue reading Keeping the brain healthy as you age

Finding ways to build meaningful relationships when increasing age brings on loneliness

Krystal Simpson Healthy Living
Krystal Simpson
Healthy Living

Human beings are social creatures. It is often the relationships we have with each other that give life meaning and purpose. I know I define myself first as a mother, and it is my greatest joy. As John Donne famously wrote in 1624, “No man is an island, entire of itself.” Simply put, we need each other. Continue reading Finding ways to build meaningful relationships when increasing age brings on loneliness

Natural Keys to Cold and Flu Prevention

Nathan Zassman Aviva Natural Health Solutions
Nathan Zassman
Aviva Natural Health Solutions

The colder, shorter days of autumn and winter can make us more vulnerable to the viruses that cause colds and flu, including the rhinovirus (colds) and the influenza virus (flu). Let me help you stay well this season with some healthy lifestyle tips. Continue reading Natural Keys to Cold and Flu Prevention

70% of seniors are living with 2 or more chronic conditions, adding stress to caring kids

Krystal Simpson Healthy Living
Krystal Simpson
Healthy Living

Getting together for turkey dinner is a time-honoured holiday tradition that many Canadians enjoyed this past October. But family gatherings often remind me of a quote from an Oscar Wilde book, “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.” The quote is really a testament to the complexity of family relationships. No one can push your buttons like family! But what happens when the dynamic shifts and suddenly you are the caregiver to aging parents? An already complicated relationship can turn combative. Continue reading 70% of seniors are living with 2 or more chronic conditions, adding stress to caring kids