Opening to Eldering


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The Seven Deadly Emotions of Caregiving

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We were talking about the Seven Deadly Emotions of Caregiving on the Engaging in Aging Radio Show this past Sunday with Dr. Sean Pritchard. The stress that comes with caring for an ailing loved one can triggers an avalanche of emotions, some of them that can damage the caregiver’s own health if not addressed. Despite being what I consider a …

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No Matter What Your Age: Women Need Their Girlfriends


Having just returned from my annual camping trip with six of my besties of 25 years, some things never change: women definitely need their girlfriends.  We came together initially as each of us were exploring the deeper meaning of our lives in personal growth workshops and group encounters back when I was transitioning into the middle years of my life.  …

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When I’m Sixty-Five

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I turned sixty-five today. You think about it of course as the day approaches, but now it’s actually here.  I have to say that when my Old Age Security letter arrived in the mail a week ago, I had to read it several times and it was rather a bitter-sweet moment.  Oh, that’s nice to oh my god how did …

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Managing the stress of uncertainty


My new favorite passion is learning more about the brain and how it works, both to stay healthier and to create more joy and happiness in my life.  Particularly as we travel through the journey of aging in the third chapter of life, we are faced with uncertainty and this in itself can lead to feeling stressed. Richard Lazarus has …

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Eating Right For Aging Well

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I had the pleasure of attending the Okanagan Symposium on Brain Health last week, an annual event put on by BrainTrust Canada here in Kelowna.  It was a fabulous gathering of both participants and speakers to explore the importance of thinking about our brain as an organ of the body that we should take better care of. The opening speaker, …

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Surprising rewards from taking chances

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I was thrilled this past week to have my company, Caresmart Seniors Consulting, named as one of the finalists in the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce 28th Annual Business Excellence Awards. As our name was announced, I felt a rush of surprise, excitement and a humbleness all at the same time. I suppose the recognition felt especially sweet as a budding …

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Awakening human potential in the second half of life


The second annual Creative Aging Day event is coming up this month in Kelowna on June 19th.  The exhibitions, performances, displays and discussions around creative expression and well-being will flow between the Rotary Centre of the Arts, the Factory and the Kelowna Art Gallery this year.  Kelowna is blessed to have a community of inspired people who wish to extend …

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Aging: Loving Later Life

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For many people in the later years, the sphere of relationships is continuously diminishing.  Various theories on disengagement suggest that this is the normal pattern of life for people as they retire.  The word “disengagement” itself suggests a withdrawal from active life.  I remember when my father retired at the age of fifty-five.  It seemed early at the time, but …

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Tuning Your Brain To Its Musical Past

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I had the pleasure before Christmas of attending the West Kelowna Silver Song Group, a session of singing and music which is the brainchild of the Sing For Your Life Foundation. Now in its fourth season, regular sessions are held at three locations in our area to offer a unique and protected model of participatory music-making for older adults.  The …

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