Trishaws, magic bubbles, and pilots

By Teddy Katz While many older adults were cooped up inside and worried about the virus, 91-year-old Susan Hu had one of her best years in decades. Hu reconnected with both her family and nature in 2020 thanks to a global program called Cycling Without Age. As a member of an innovative cycling program now in more than 50 countries, Susan Hu donned a mask and got into the front basket of a three-wheeled electric

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Caregivers get cancer too

By Cynthia Hayes While many cancer patients report feeling isolated and alone in their diagnoses, cancer often affects the entire family. Loving caregivers experience many of the same emotions—anxiety, stress,

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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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16 Practical ways to be a good physically-distanced grandparent during the COVID-19 crisis

Bill VanGorder, Chief Policy Officer pro tem of CARP, recently created a list of ways seniors can be the best grandparent they can be, while following the important guidelines of physical distancing during COVID-19. Don’t worry if you don’t have internet access, most of these suggestions can be done over the phone. Learn to use Facetime or Skype on your phone or computer so you can watch a show or movie on one while video chatting on the other simultaneously. Set up specific times to visit online so your grandchildren have those to look forward to—kids like and need structure in these “covid-irregular” times. Do simple fitness activities like chair yoga, stretches, walking on the spot etc. together, electronically. Schedule shows, movies and other programs you will watch together and chat about, e.g. start watching a TV show or movie at the same time and chat on another device while

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Health & Wellness

Winter health tips

Learn more about how you can enjoy a healthy winter during the pandemic and get the most out of the next few months following COVID-19 restrictions. From mindfulness and wellness tips to ideas for healthy eating from home, we’ve got

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Cannabis for common conditions

The use of cannabis amongst older adults in Canada continues to increase, with much of this use being for medical purposes. Although some benefits can be seen with the use of cannabis and cannabis-based products for common conditions such as cancer, nerve pain, and inflammatory bowel disease, they are hindered by potential negative side effects. Currently, the quality of the evidence is low and more high quality research is needed to establish more definitive recommendations

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Recipes

Easter Egg Oreo Truffles

You could dye your eggs using really cool natural colors or even make eggs out of Jell-O. Or you could win Easter and make Oreo truffles. Decorate them however you want for the cutest eggs at the table! Yields: 20 servings Prep Time: 0 hours 5 mins Total Time: 2 hours 0 mins Ingredients 1 (14.3-oz.) package Oreos 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened 2 c. semisweet chocolate chips 2 tsp. coconut oil 2 c.

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Swedish Meatball Soup

If you like those meatballs sold at a certain home store, you’ll love this Swedish Meatball Soup recipe. Creamy beef broth and tender pasta bow ties are the perfect companions to the beef and pork Swedish meatballs. Ingredients 1 small red onion, cut into thin wedges 5 tablespoons butter ¼ cup all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoon ground allspice 1 32 ounce carton lower sodium beef broth ½ recipe Beef-Pork Meatballs 4 ounces

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Carrot Patch Cheesecake

Based on our super-cute carrot patch brownies, this cheesecake is sure to elicit some oohs and ahhs from your Easter dinner guests. Tip: Don’t leave out the coconut oil! It makes the white chocolate much easier to work with, and will prevent the chocolate from breaking when food coloring is added. Yields: 8 servings Prep Time: 0 hours 15 mins Total Time: 8 hours 15 mins Ingredients For the crust Nonstick cooking spray 26 Oreos

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Turkey-Corn Chowder

Five ingredients and 20 minutes are all that is needed for a satisfying and chunky turkey soup for lunch or dinner. Ingredients 1 8 ounce tub cream cheese with chives and onions 1 14.75 ounce can cream-style corn 2 cups milk 8 ounces smoked turkey breast, chopped 1 cup frozen peas Ground black pepper Directions Step 1 In medium saucepan heat cream cheese over medium heat to soften; blend in corn and milk. Add turkey

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Caregiving

The tale of mom’s jars

By Mary Bart Mom could spend countless hours collecting and organizing glass jars in the basement or rummaging and sorting through closets, bags and drawers. Not only was it frustrating to watch, but eventually it became dangerous. Searching relentlessly for missing items, hiding possessions in unusual places or collecting items like old magazines or small household items of little value are not rare behaviours for a person living with dementia. Neither is the upsetting situation

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Caregivers get cancer too

By Cynthia Hayes While many cancer patients report feeling isolated and alone in their diagnoses, cancer often affects the entire family. Loving caregivers experience many of the same emotions—anxiety, stress, fatigue, depression—combined with a sense of helplessness and an increase

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Double duty

Keeping your boss happy can be challenging at the best of times. Add looking after Mom and Dad to your already busy calendar and you’ve got a recipe for disaster if you don’t look for simple shortcuts and ways to

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Wise advice

Tips for keeping your home allergen-free It’s impossible to keep your home completely free of allergens, bacteria and viruses, but a few simple changes can make a significant difference. Check out the following tips to make your family’s home healthier.

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