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Longevity

How robots will help the elderly

Yes, the robots are coming. But they may be a little friendlier and more helpful than we thought.  Across the world, our populations are ageing, except in Africa and India and while most of Asia has a younger population, Japan and China like North America are facing a rapidly ageing population and not enough young folks coming up to meet the care needs of the ageing, let alone many other jobs in these countries.  Perhaps no other country is advanced on this front with robots than Japan. There’s Pepper the little robot and Paro, a furry seal. Pepper is designed to be a companion to the elderly who live alone. Aside from being able to carry on some fairly decent conversations, it can also remind them when to take medications and when they haven’t eaten in a while. If set periods of time pass with no engagement with Pepper, the

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Longevity

Getting started with birdwatching

Even if it’s through a birdfeeder, birdwatching can be fun year round and lead to some laughter. Birdwatching can be a great way to get outdoors and add some fun to a hike in the forest or even on the edges. Canada has a wide variety of birds. Some are more common such as junco’s or chickadees but we have bright yellow goldfinches and brilliant red cardinals or shimmering Baltimore Orioles (no, not the baseball team!.) Which can always light up the day. Not surprisingly, since the pandemic there has been a surge in interest in birdwatching. Many Canadians are adding bird feeders to their decks and backyards as well. Either way you go about it, there is much joy to be found.  Aside from a feeder, you can get into the great outdoors and wander about the woods, which, by the way can lead to the great joy of

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Resonance

Wisdom of the elders

It does not start well, the morning Zoom meditation with the yogi in Rishikesh, along the Ganges River in Northern India. He is late. I almost click off. The he appears. Sometimes video, or audio, but not both. Then the connection settles down. Then it is interrupted multiple times. Then he shines a flashlight on the whiteboard where the mantra is written, phonetically, in block letters. It appears out of the gloom. It turns out to be a good meditation. The sound quality is erratic, but that is standard. Afterwards, the yogi explains how many things went wrong: weak signal, then computer updating, then power lost. Meanwhile, he is coming off a nine-day fast. He is weak. Has a mild fever, in fact. “Everything went wrong,” he said. Then he started to laugh. “So many obstacles,” he said, smiling. Then a pause. “We need challenges,” he said. Meditation is not

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Fitness

Five foods to burn belly fat

We all know abs are made in the kitchen. Try these five foods to help you see results faster. Half of the challenge of maintaining or losing weight starts in the kitchen. Not only is that where we make most of our meals, but it is also a place where we snack. It’s the place we find ourselves in between meals or munching on potato chips late at night. It’s true. We all battle hunger between meals, there is no denying it—but it’s important to snack on healthy foods that are beneficial for your body. If you are exercising, but don’t see results, there is a good chance you’re sneaking foods into your diet that are preventing you from reaching your goals (hint: salt!). Swap out those unhealthy choices for these snacks that will keep you full, give you a nutritional boost and leave you feeling energized. Almonds and walnuts

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Longevity

Ronnie Wood and the things you shouldn’t do

The ultimate survivor, Wood, 73 now the father of young twins, talks about near-death escapes, sobriety, and his twin loves: painting and music. He credits the hand of Gabriel for getting him through the hard stuff. The darker parts of Ronnie Wood’s life read like a long list of things you shouldn’t do. In Hollywood he freebased cocaine; he was rescued off the coast of Rio de Janeiro from a burning boat ahead of a Stones concert on Copacabana beach; in the Caribbean he was almost implicated in a serious cocaine bust, and on more than one occasion he’s had to jump out of the way of Keith Richards firing his handgun. Many of his friends, including Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, Alex “Hurricane” Higgins and Amy Winehouse, were killed by drugs and drink. His mate John Lennon was murdered, and longtime pals David Bowie and George Harrison died from cancer. And

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Mind

The art of being patient

In the West, the search for pleasure can extract a heavy price. There is a better way; brahmacharya. The fourth concept of the Yamas, or social code of ethics as outlined by Yoga philosophy, is brahmacharya. Directly translated from Sanskrit as “continence,” brahmacharya describes the responsibility to restrain sensual pleasures (distractions of the mind) in an effort to preserve and therefore expand our energy. By withholding our sexual energy we increase pranic energy and therefore become stronger both mentally and physically. Over time, the definition of brahmacharya has expanded and shifted. It is now more often tied to the idea of moderation, which is how it is most often practiced today in the west. Moderation allows us to enjoy the pleasures of life without going too far. A little extravagance here and there, but then come back to discipline. I think this fits nicely into much of our lives. Party all weekend, study all week. Or

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Longevity

Ronnie Wood: Second chances

This is the companion article to the cover Q&A article in the latest Silver Magazine. In his 60s and 70s, musician Ronnie Wood finally kicked the cigarettes, booze and drugs, and beat cancer. He had twins. Cautionary note: Don’t try this at home Ronnie Wood, the guitarist for the Rolling Stones and a host of other groups, lives on the edge. The question is: which edge? As a school boy in England he ran cross country, relishing the fresh air and the natural high. Then he discovered cigarettes, booze, drugs, sex – and music, R&B, the blues. This was his life for the next half century. Late in life, when the addictions and full-tilt lifestyle could have taken him down, he slowly righted the ship. In 2018, Wood told Rolling Stone magazine that sobriety prepared him for some key life events, including the birth of his twins Alice and Gracie

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Healthy Recipes

The “Everything but the bagel” Seasoning

You don’t need to pay big bucks to enjoy one of the world’s most popular spice blends. This “Everything but the Bagel” seasoning is a crowd favourite in our house. We use it to elevate many traditional breakfast dishes. Ingredients 1½ tbsp poppy seeds 2 tbsp white sesame seeds 1 tbsp black sesame seeds 1½ tbsp dried minced garlic 1½ tbsp dried onion flakes 2 tsp flaked sea salt or coarse sea salt To prepare: 1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, until well mixed. 2. Store in a spice or mason jar, and keep in your pantry. 3. Sprinkle over avocado toast, scrambled tofu, salads, roasted veggies, and more. Did you try this recipe? Tag us on social and share how you liked it! You might also enjoy this warming curry dish too!

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Fitness

A passion for pole walking

Meet Leanne Booth, an Urban Poling instructor and avid pole walker. In a phone interview, the BC resident who has Osteoarthritis shared how pole walking improved her quality of life. May is Arthritis and Physical Therapy Month, and Booth is a testimonial in staying active and fit despite having two hip surgeries. She began, “When I had my first hip surgery back in 2011.  I joined a walking group and I was walking with my cane, and I started off with a five kilometer walking clinic. And I went through that and I progressed to the 10K walking clinic. And when you’re walking quickly with a cane to try and keep up with everybody, you get this really strange gait. One of these instructors said to me, “Have you ever thought about using poles, the Nordic poles? Because that way, you can keep your balance and then have a regular,

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