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It’s never too late to build your nest egg? Here’s some wise advice from bankers about next steps to follow when it comes to planning for retirement. 1) Plan your lifestyle and make the future as predictable as possible 2) Understand your spending today and estimate what it’s likely to be in the future 3) Work with a financial advisor to project your income and expenses 4) Put your savings plan on auto-pilot with regular deposits to

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Time for a cuppa Pinkies up: If you’re sipping a cup of tea while reading this, you’re on the right track. Unsweetened tea is rich in antioxidants can prevent chronic

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Budgeting for care

Where will the money come from? By Mary Bart It often takes a “care crisis” for families to recognize what’s needed to look after a parent, spouse or sibling. However,

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A new type of nurse

By Pat Irwin “One of the things the pandemic has really shown the public is the value that nurses bring to the health system,” he said. “We’re over 440,000 of us across the country, and I think [people] have recognized the importance that nurses play in making sure they have access to care.” –Tim Guest, President, Canadian Nurses Association. Still expecting a nurse in a starched uniform and a white cap? Well, Cherry Ames (remember her series of books?) has left the building! But while we are on the subject of nursing, there’s a new category of nurses you should know about who are making a huge difference in our communities. They’re called Registered Practical Nurses (RPN), or Licenced Practical Nurses (LPN). These RPNs are busy these days, helping seniors in the community, in retirement residences and in long-term care. Scope of practice RPNs provide nursing care, usually under the direction

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Expert Advice

My mom was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis. Is it safe for her to exercise? Exercise plays an important role in preventing and managing osteoporosis. However, your mom should talk to

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Expert Advice

Will homemakers cook Asian food for my father? He’s very fussy. If you work with an accredited homecare agency, you should be able to ask for a homemaker who is

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Scoop

Senior sex tips Your health can have a big impact on your sex life and performance. Here are few examples that you can try: • Talk to your partner openly

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The Scoop

Does exercise time matter? AM or PM? Differences in hormones, biological clocks and sleep-wake cycles between the sexes could all play a role in determining the best time of day

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Health & Wellness

Staying fit: The importance of exercise?

By Laura Stewart Medical evidence provides overwhelming support for the benefits it provides for every condition under the sun, from arthritis to cancer. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults recommends that those aged 65+ should accumulate 150 minutes

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The Scoop

It’s never too late to build your nest egg? Here’s some wise advice from bankers about next steps to follow when it comes to planning for retirement. 1) Plan your lifestyle and make the future as predictable as possible 2) Understand your

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The Scoop

Time for a cuppa Pinkies up: If you’re sipping a cup of tea while reading this, you’re on the right track. Unsweetened tea is rich in antioxidants can prevent chronic diseases, help repair cells, make teeth stronger, lower the risk

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In The News

The science of placebos is fueling quackery  By Fabrizio Benedettie Many scientists have been working hard to reveal the full power and scope of the placebo effect—the amazing ability of a simple sugar pill or other non-pharmaceutical “fake intervention” to improve quality of life. The placebo effect describes how belief and expectation of receiving a drug may produce a benefit, such as pain  reduction.  But one unfortunate outcome of all this work is that profit-seeking

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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

Expert Advice

Fresh baked cookies Q) When Mrs. Baker makes chocolate chip cookies for the neighbours, my sister, Alma, says she want’s to please her and takes several and gobbles them down right away. I’m worried because Alma is diabetic. Any suggestions? A) It is commendable that Alma doesn’t want to offend Mrs. Baker, however her health is what is most important. Diabetes Canada recommends that those with diabetes can still have sweets, but within moderation and

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5 ways to become a self-confident caregiver

Second-guessing your abilities? By Carol Nelson Between bouts of COVID-19 in the community that require additional diligence, interacting with doctors and the regular trials of caring for a senior who is aging in place, the role of a caregiver can

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The Voice. How I lost it. How I got it back

By Stephen Trumper In my professional circles—editing/writing magazine articles and teaching students the basics of editing/writing for all kinds of journalistic publications—we talk a lot about writers finding their voices, of developing distinct, individual writing styles.  In my volunteer circles

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The Scoop

It’s never too late to build your nest egg? Here’s some wise advice from bankers about next steps to follow when it comes to planning for retirement. 1) Plan your lifestyle and make the future as predictable as possible 2) Understand your

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