Do New: It's good for the brain

Do New: It's good for the brain

According to Dr. Christine Beck, a Charlottetown-based psychologist, studies show that increased physical, interpersonal and intellectual stimulation and learning have been found to fend off or delay the development of dementia. That doesn’t mean just sitting around and playing Scrabble with the same person every night. Doing something novel builds stronger connections. Her words come as a welcome surprise because lately I've been on a learning whirl ...

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Barenaked Lady

Barenaked Lady

Like many people growing up in a small town in the 60s and 70s, I come from a modest household. If, after showering, any member of my family had forgotten their robe, they could be glimpsed darting the short distance from bathroom to bedroom clutching for dear life to a towel. At 53, I still dress and undress quickly in change rooms, and wear a bathing suit in the women’s-only hot tub at the spa. I am at once embarrassed by, and in awe of, the locker-room ladies who lollygag about stark naked, comfortable doing everything from blow-drying their hair to selling me a chocolate bar in support of some youngster’s soccer team. Such women intimidate me, intrigue me and challenge my idea of who I am.

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What would you ask Canada's oldest citizen? #AskDolly

What would you ask Canada's oldest citizen? #AskDolly

Dolly Gibb is Canada’s oldest known person and, happily, she just so happens to be one of my old family friends. At 111, she still lives at home in my hometown of North Bay. I thought it’d be interesting to gather a few questions that I can ask her during an upcoming visit and then share the resulting Q & A on this site. So Canada … what would you ask our nation’s eldest supercentenarian?

 

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