• 14 July 2021

    Aging, a negative label?

    Stereotypes, prejudices or discrimination against a person because of their age are common. By fighting ageism, we can empower and motivate older adults to achieve new things, but also to live life to the fullest.
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  • 16 June 2021

    Boost your social life through physical activity

    Dancing, aerobic, weight training, Nordic walking, aqua-fitness classes… We all know the benefits of physical activity for improving our cardiorespiratory capacities or increasing our muscle mass. But did you know that physical activity could also have beneficial effects on your social health?
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  • 30 December 2020

    The untold story inside you

    Do you suffer from depression, social isolation or chronic conditions? Wondering how to get through the winter, confined in your home because of COVID-19? Could writing help you get out of the winter gloom, or even improve your physical and mental health?
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  • 23 September 2020

    Pandemics and panic buying

    We have all seen images on TV, the internet and in the newspapers of entire shelves in grocery stores and other retail stores emptied from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But why do people experience this shopping fever during crises?
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  • 9 September 2020

    Grieving experiences in the context of a pandemic: how to support individual and collective grief

    In recent months, voices have been raised calling for a national strategy to support mass grieving and bereavement during the current and future pandemics. But what programs and services could be put in place to support those who must cope with the loss of a loved one during pandemics?
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  • 29 July 2020

    Assistive technologies: It’s not for me, I’m not there yet!

    In Canada 1.1 million older adults use assistive technology to compensate for physical or cognitive limitations. However, despite the potential benefits of these technologies, some older adults remain reluctant to use them. What can explain this reluctance?
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  • 15 July 2020

    Do not go through the ordeal alone: Grief in times of pandemics

    The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly disrupted individual and societal experiences of end of life care, grief and bereavement due to public-health measures to counter the spread of the virus. Alternative or virtual ways must be found to honor the memory of our loved ones and provide comfort to their close friends and families.
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  • 3 June 2020

    Don't let stigma spread like a virus

    There has been a strong trend towards stigmatization of older adults and intergenerational divisions since the beginning of the pandemic. You can do your part to fight social stigma during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • 25 March 2020

    Reading to escape isolation

    In this troubled time when we are isolated, but also bombarded with stressful information, we must find solutions to entertain ourselves and escape (if only for a moment) from this reality. Could reading be part of the solution?
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  • 12 February 2020

    Create your community: Co-housing projects to support healthy aging

    “Co-housing” is a housing option for older adults aimed at helping them maintain their independence, ensure their security, and maintain an active social and community life. Learn more about co-housing to know if this model resonates with your values and can meet your needs.
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  • 15 January 2020

    Isolation and remoteness: Supporting family caregivers in hard-to-reach communities

    Family caregivers in hard-to-reach communities are at greater risk of unequal access to health and social services. How can we support them?
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  • 1 January 2020

    There can’t be too many cooks: Kitchen collectives to feed your needs

    Most Canadians eat out once a week or more, because it is more convenient, they don't have time, don't like to, or don't know how to cook. Some initiatives, such as collective kitchens, have been launched here and abroad to meet the nutritional, economical and social needs of people in the community.
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  • 18 December 2019

    Identity on the plate: food activities can help older adults maintain their identity

    Food not only nourishes the body, it helps maintain or rebuild the individual and social identity of older adults. Deteriorating health or any other change due to aging threatens the social context of food activities, which can lead to social isolation and an identity crisis.
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  • 31 July 2019

    Civic participation of older adults: Beyond volunteering

    Civic participation is a pillar of our communities, and can help people keep a healthy, active and engaged life.
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  • 10 April 2019

    Grandparents' parenting skills: Learning how to better care for your grandchildren

    Parents are primarily responsible for meeting the needs of children, but grandparents play an increasing role in this area. Although they have some experience, having raised their own children, grandparents may face new challenges, some of which are unique to their grandchildren's generation. Can parenting interventions equip them to fulfil their role with grandchildren?
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  • 13 March 2019

    Immersive technologies to address social isolation: Is a technological solution feasible and desirable?

    Immersive technologies are developing at great speed and have spread to many areas. While some envision that immersive technologies could alleviate social isolation and loneliness, the evidence remains limited and some experts have expressed concerns that they may actually exacerbate social isolation.
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  • 27 February 2019

    Cultivating health and well-being

    Gardening is more than a hobby. It is an amazing activity that can have positive effects on health and well-being. Before taking out your shovels and rakes, plan your gardening activities carefully: think about your health and safety, adapt your activities, and socialize.
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  • 13 February 2019

    Aging behind bars

    Aging behind bars poses challenges. Since the vast majority of inmates end up being released into the community, it is important to look into how prison conditions affect older inmates and the support provided to them in order to ensure the success of their rehabilitation and social reintegration.
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  • 6 February 2019

    Tackling a silent beast : Strategies for reducing loneliness and social isolation

    Older adults are especially at risk of experiencing social isolation and loneliness. The characteristics of strategies tackling these issues are important factors in determining whether or not they work.
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  • 30 January 2019

    How online learning can support optimal aging

    Many people have the desire to learn throughout their lives. No wonder so many older adults go back to school, while others turn to online learning!
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