Texting tribulations?

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 cellphone, a prime

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Featured Stories

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 For those of us who have spent our lives working, raising families and being socially active, being pushed to the

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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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Publisher’s Message

Courage in the face of adversity As you’ve probably realized by now…life doesn’t always follow a predictable course. It brings change and, more often than not, challenges along the way that require us to be courageous, learn new things, identify risk factors and re-examine our values. This is especially true for individuals who find themselves caregiving for a friend or family member. For some, caregiving for another person is second nature, but for others it’s easier said than done. Experts suggest that successful caregiving not only requires resilience but a purposeful mindset that serves as a protective buffer against the negative impacts of stressful events that may come our way (daily life as a caregiver perhaps?). Known to some as “stress hardiness,” this approach is one that’s a blend of three basic attitudes: 1) Commitment 2) Control and 3) Challenge. Utilized as a trilogy they can, it seems, make difficult

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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

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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

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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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Health & Wellness

Publisher’s Message

Courage in the face of adversity As you’ve probably realized by now…life doesn’t always follow a predictable course. It brings change and, more often than not, challenges along the way that require us to be courageous, learn new things, identify

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Editor’s App Choice

WhereSafe WhereSafe is a rechargeable mini tracker that’s a GPS solution for mobility scooters, walkers, wheelchairs, and transport chairs. The tracker sends live location and instant notifications via text message or email to caregivers or family members.  wheresafe.com

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Bored to death?

How to stop your life from grinding to a halt 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 lead to frustration,

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Pills and potions 

Your role in medication safety 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 either taken incorrectly or are overprescribed.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that in the average senior this situation is a potential Molotov cocktail increasing the likelihood of adverse drug reactions, unwanted side effects and

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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

Life upside down

Becoming a full or part time care provider or an advocate for someone living with a chronic illness, disability or condition related to aging is no easy task. There are frequent worries concerning changes in a loved one’s health, and frustrating delays for appointments and treatments. And, despite the fact that family caregivers are recognized, appreciated and acknowledged as significant contributors to the well being of families and society as a whole, don’t be surprised

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The Scoop

Coping with negative emotions On a bad day, you may feel angry, jealous of others or even sad and lonely. It’s important to understand that these feelings are quite natural when you’re a caregiver given the changes in your life.

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Too much stuff? 

How to sell online, safely and effectively By Salman Haqqi With downsizing, moving and re-decorating on many of our agenda’s, it might be time to say good-bye to some of the items we’re not using, or feeling attached, to anymore.

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Your Feedback

Pet care is a challenge   Mother is frail, stopped walking and caring for her Labrador, and it is now becoming more difficult for her to cope. She’s fallen and regularly runs out of pet food. She’d be heartbroken if

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