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Gratitude – the gift you give to yourself

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson

Krystal Simpson
Healthy Living

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this is the perfect time to explore the tremendous benefits of living with gratitude. Reflections on gratitude can be found throughout human history in both religion and philosophy. Cicero, the ancient Roman political theorist and philosopher, asserted that gratitude was the mother of all virtues, one that may indeed hold the key to happiness. Continue reading Gratitude – the gift you give to yourself

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

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

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