Category Archives: Healthy Living

The research is in – dogs are really good for us

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
– Roger Caras, wildlife photographer and animal preservationist

Krystal Simpson
Healthy Living

Growing up, my family always had a dog and I developed a profound appreciation and deep love for our canine companions. For the last eight years I’ve lived with an affectionate, 130-pound Newfoundland dog named Tessie and despite the piles of hair she leaves behind on the carpet, my children wouldn’t have it any other way. Our furry family members not only offer companionship and a friendly wagging tail when you walk in the door, research confirms what most dog owners already know – dogs are really good for us. Continue reading The research is in – dogs are really good for us

Take good care of those feet

“When our feet hurt, we hurt all over.” – Socrates

Krystal Simpson
Healthy Living

Even Socrates, the father of western philosophy who spent his days espousing the virtue of knowledge, took the time to comment on sore feet. Foot pain affects about one in four older adults, and it can become chronic and debilitating. By the time we reach age 80, the average person has walked over 100,000 miles, so it’s no surprise that these hard-working, mechanical marvels start to wear and tear over time. And while some age-related changes to your feet are inevitable, there are some steps you can take to maintain healthy, happy feet. Continue reading Take good care of those feet

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