21
MAR
2019
Kindness

Creating A Better World Starts With Random Acts Of Kindness

In the 1980s the phrase, “Practice Random Acts of Kindness,” was popping up everywhere – bumper stickers, billboards, decals on mailboxes and elsewhere. I remember the first time I saw it. I was in my car and read it on the bumper sticker of the vehicle in front of me. This...
12
MAR
2019
Friendships

Unravelling The Mysteries And Challenges Of Building And Finding Female Friendships Over Age 50

I moved from Montreal to Toronto at age 71 because I wanted to live closer to my daughters and their families. We love spending time together and I enjoy being part of their lives. However, I missed having a few intimate female friends my age to share life experiences and to do...
06
MAR
2019
Forest Bathing

Are You Experiencing Nature-Deficit Syndrome? Forest Bathing Provides a Remedy For Urban Stress

Recently, I went forest bathing (also known as nature therapy) which is adapted from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku. It originated in Japan in the 1980s and has become popular around the world. In fact, some researchsuggests it is becoming as popular as the yoga trend that...
19
FEB
2019

Give Thanks: Adopting An Attitude Of Gratitude Is Good For Health And Healing

Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons, ccyhan.   When I was growing up, my parents constantly reminded my brothers and me to say, “Thank you.” It became so automatic that I didn’t appreciate what it meant. I thought it was their way of teaching us good manners. However, as I grew...
31
JAN
2019

How Daring To Travel Off The Grid Can Be A Spiritual Journey Leading To A Stronger Self

Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons, W. Tipton. I don’t adapt easily to travel because I enjoy the comfort of my home and daily routines. Travel takes me out of my comfort zone into a world filled with unexpected experiences. That being said, I decided to accept an invitation to spend...
23
NOV
2018

Spiritual Reflections: How To Find Your Zen Zone, Purpose and Access Your Inner Wisdom

Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons, whologwhy. As we age, many Boomers are seeking a spiritual way of being that moves beyond religious practices. This may include everything from integrating eastern and western philosophies and meditation, to journal writing, bodywork, yoga, tai...
22
OCT
2018

15 Lessons I Learned From Holocaust Survivors About Living Your Best Life

Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons, Peter Miller. Holocaust survivors overcame the most severe form of persecution and went on to become productive members of the communities in which they settled. They have exhibited an extraordinary resilience and love of family and community....
21
SEP
2018

Lessons I Learned From My Concussion – Resilience, Vulnerability and Acceptance

Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons, Joseph B. In November 2016, at age 69, my life changed in a split second and my world turned upside down after I suffered a fall that resulted in a traumatic brain injury. On my road to recovery, I tapped into my resilience and learned important...
28
AUG
2018

Changing the Conversation: 5 Ways To Shift Negative Attitudes About Aging

Dr. Robert Butler, first director of the National Institute on Aging, coined the term “ageism” in 1989. It refers to stereotypes of and discrimination against older people. Ageism can lead to myths about older people and the aging process. I often ask students at the beginning of...
25
OCT
2016

October 20-22, 2016: Stories of Marginalization and Resilience: Perspectives from Social Work

Myra will co-present with her McGill University colleagues at a symposium at the 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Conference of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Canada’s premier association of those who work, research or have an interest in the field of aging. Their...