Texting tribulations?

By Irene Davis Try voice to text. It’s wonderful! Talk and words appear on the little screen My feet are planted firmly in the 20th century, where I’ve spent most of my life. Still, the technology available today is astounding, and I take advantage of it where I can. But sometimes it defeats me. Let me backtrack a bit. I have age-related vision problems. Among other things, it interferes with my ability to text on my

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Women have better taste

Females generally have a finer sense of taste than males. In studies conducted by LIFE food sciences, women picked out tastes with a 10 per cent greater accuracy. Men needed

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Bored to death?

How to stop your life from grinding to a halt By Mary Bart  For those of us who have spent our lives working, raising families and being socially active, being

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Getting money back

By Ken Pope, Rafiga Gurbanzade, and Crystal Terris How can changes to the Caregiver Tax Credit—now the Family Caregiver Amount Tax Credit—benefit you and your family? Supporting and caring for

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Expert Advice

Q) Who will help me drive my brother to the doctor? He’s missing appointments because there is no one to take him.  A) Depending on the type of appointment, you might be able to draw assistance from federal or provincial organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Red Cross, Seniors for Seniors, the Patient Transfer Network or Ontario Works. Municipal organizations like para-transport in Ottawa and DARTS (Disabled and Aged Regional Transport System) in Hamilton also exist. Your brother’s general practitioner might be able to assist you in finding methods of transportation for his healthcare appointments as well. Q) What does homecare cost and does the government pay for it? A) Governments may offer financial assistance for homecare services. A conversation with your family practitioner can help you understand the process and how the system works; alternatively, he or she could give you a number to call for more

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The Scoop

Foodie Tours Good food tours introduce you to the best local bites and leave you with a full belly. The best and often, most popular food tours, do so much

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In The News

Time to stop driving? By Anna Sharratt Driving is a lifeline for many but sometimes cognitive, vision, hearing or mobility issues can creep in, making driving less satisfying and unsafe.

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Expert Advice

Tackling tactlessness My sister-in-law is not very tactful. Yesterday she blurted out, “Do you actually have to bathe her? I wouldn’t.” I snapped back, “Grandma is not a cat who

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The Scoop

Brain Health A recent survey conducted by Baycrest found that despite aging being an inevitable part of life, Canadians are unsure about the appropriate resources to help them make informed

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Health & Wellness

Bored to death?

How to stop your life from grinding to a halt By Mary Bart  For those of us who have spent our lives working, raising families and being socially active, being pushed to the sidelines by medical issues or isolation can

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Pills and potions 

Your role in medication safety By Pat Irwin Seniors take more medications than the rest of us. In fact, data suggests that 25 per cent of Canadian seniors are prescribed 10+ medications and as many as half of them are

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The Scoop

Foodie Tours Good food tours introduce you to the best local bites and leave you with a full belly. The best and often, most popular food tours, do so much more than that. They act as a prism to view

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Turning on the tunes

Three evidence-based benefits of music What do radio, vinyl records, cassettes, CDs, YouTube, and Spotify have in common? They are all ways that people can listen to music, the universal language that breaks down barriers—like space and time—and builds invisible bridges that connect us. Renowned American TV and radio personality Dick Clark once said that “Music is the soundtrack of your life.” If you take a second to think about it, Mr. Clark was spot-on.

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Recipes

Baked Ham With Glazed Apricots & Prunes

Constant basting is the trick to a glistening baked ham. Do slice the meat thinly. This fruit-studded centerpiece of a main course is among the most popular recipes from the original Silver Palate Cookbook. Once you make it, you’ll see why. Serves: 20 Active Time: 30 min. Total Time: 2 hr. 2 min. Ingredients 1 (16 to 20-lb) ready-to-eat, bone-in ham Whole cloves, to cover surface of the ham ¼ cup Dijon mustard 1 cup

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Cheesecake-Stuffed Pound Cake

As the weather heats up, we start looking for new no-bake desserts to avoid turning our apartments into saunas. This one is great because it can be done with a homemade or store-bought pound cake! Yields: 8 servings Prep Time: 0 hours 10 mins Total Time: 4 hours 40 mins Ingredients 1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened 2 tbsp. sour cream 1/2 c. powdered sugar, sifted 1 tsp. lemon zest 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract Pinch

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Pickled Easter Eggs

Pickling the eggs in their cracked but intact shells creates a unique tie-dye effect on each one. 6 servings Ingredients 1 cup distilled white vinegar 2 tablespoons kosher salt 2 tablespoons light brown sugar One of the following depending on desired color: 2 small red beets, shredded on a box grater, 2 tablespoons ground turmeric, or 1 cup blackberries 6 unpeeled Hard-Boiled Eggs Preparation Step 1 Heat vinegar, salt, brown sugar, and 1 cup water

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Lemon Chicken Pasta

I must confess that the spark of an idea for this recipe started in a department-store café, when I tasted something similar, loved it and decided to try and recreate it at home. It soon became a family staple and it’s one of the few dishes that my daughters actively sought out the recipe for. The sharp tang of the lemon combined with the nursery comfort of the pasta is reminiscent of the zingy crêpes

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Caregiving

Women have better taste

Females generally have a finer sense of taste than males. In studies conducted by LIFE food sciences, women picked out tastes with a 10 per cent greater accuracy. Men needed approximately 20 per cent more sweetness to recognize the difference and 10 per cent more sourness. And, according to a Yale study, 35 per cent of women fall under the category of “supertasters” because they have more taste buds than the average person. Only around

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8 helpful tips for time management  

By Rick Lauber Ever find there are more things to do than there is time in the day? It’s not uncommon. As a former co-caregiver there was always something that needed my attention. From driving Mom or Dad to appointments,

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The Scoop

How old do you feel? While getting older can’t be avoided there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to discussing age. • Chronological age: The number of years you’ve been alive. • Biological age: Which

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