Cabin Fever? Don’t Sweat It

I, like most Winnipeggers, have a love/hate relationship with winter. The beauty of the season is still striking to me; the stillness, the soft crunch of boots in fresh snow, the scintillating landscape, the long treks down the River Trail. My problem? I’m really...

Brain Training Games: Do They Work?

Gamification is becoming ever more popular in our society. The idea is that if you take a mundane task, and make it into a game, you’ll incentivize people to complete that task. There have been attempts to gamify a lot of things, from scientific research to workouts....

Exercising in the Winter

I love jogging. I try to do it no matter what time of year it is, because each season comes with its own unique flavour. During the spring, there’s a lot of puddles you have to dodge around; the road becomes an obstacle course. Summer is warm, and I love the feeling...

The Power of Music

Music plays such an important role in our lives. From the national anthem playing at schools and sporting events to your favorite songs from high school, from the songs you listened to on road trips with your parents to the song you danced to at your wedding, music is...

New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

New Year's Resolutions are an important ritual in our culture. The new year brings with it the chance of renewal; a collective will to push ourselves to become better, stronger, kinder people. There’s a lot that goes into a good resolution; you want it to be...

New Year’s Resolutions for Caregivers

By the time you read this, New Year’s will have come and gone, and statistically speaking, you’ll have made resolutions of your own. Unfortunately, those same statistics indicate that you probably won’t hold fast to your resolution; some stats even say 80% are broken...

The Power of Journaling

If you’re reading this, you should keep a journal. They’re particularly useful for seniors, for reasons we’ll discuss, but all of the reasons they’re useful for older adults make them useful for everyone. You can try to write in it every day, or just when you feel...

Locus of Control

Do you ever get the feeling that life is happening to you? You get a phone call; your boss needs you to work late. You try to record your favorite TV Show; it doesn’t record properly, and you miss the season finale. You want to go for a walk with an old friend, but...

Board Games Are For Everyone

I love games; if you called me a gamer, I would take up that title with pride. Games have provided me with so much entertainment, and so many friends, that I can’t recommend them enough to others. I’ve played all types of different games, from games of strategy, to...

Age and Hearing Loss

I love music; I listen to dozens of new albums each year and I play a few instruments. I also love to talk; one of the reasons I enjoy writing so much is because I enjoy conversation, and I like to imagine the conversations I might have with you, the reader if we were...