Jane Fonda and aging: a TED talk on “Life’s Third Act”

Jane Fonda has re-invented herself, and her career, multiple times. Actor, fitness guru, activist … and she’s not done yet. In this TED Talk, she talks about the extra 30 years that have been added to our life expectancy, with insights and suggestions on how we can make the most of them.

Caring for your aging parents

As you get older, your parents are aging too (if you’re lucky enough to still have them!) For most of us, this means that we need to provide more and more care to help look after them. Whether they’re still living independently, or they’ve moved to a retirement or nursing home, there are a lotContinue reading “Caring for your aging parents”

Should you take out a reverse mortgage?

Sounds like the perfect setup – take out a reverse mortgage on your home, age in place and have the funds to do whatever you want. Travel, buy a convertible, even start up that consultancy. So what’s the downside? Well, the first caution is that interest rates on reverse mortgages can be sky-high compared toContinue reading “Should you take out a reverse mortgage?”

When your knees hurt

Do you still have your original knees? More than 70,000 Canadians had a knee replacement last year, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. The main reason? Osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis, which can cause significant pain and mobility issues. More than half of those who had a knee replaced were over the age ofContinue reading “When your knees hurt”

Co-housing to combat the loneliness of growing old

Canadians are getting older. The 2016 census showed that there are more people aged 65 and older than there are under the age of 15. That marks the first time this has happened in over 100 years. In an article in the Globe and Mail, “Census 2016: Canada’s Seniors Outnumber its Children for First TimeContinue reading “Co-housing to combat the loneliness of growing old”

Is it harder to make friends after 50?

Sadly, the answer is yes – it is harder to make new friends as we age. As humans, we tend to bond over shared experiences. So it’s easy to make friends at pivotal life stages – when we start kindergarten, for example, or when we go to university, or when we have children and makeContinue reading “Is it harder to make friends after 50?”

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