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Good Times in May 2017

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More Elders But Less Elder Care

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BC Seniors Have Less and Less Access to Home and Community Care By Lola Augustine Brown   Better access to home and community care reduces the load on hospitals, so you’d think access would be improving as the population gets older. Not in British Columbia, where access to care has in fact been declining steadily for the past 16 years, according a new report by the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA–BC), an independent research institute. And the report has obvious implications for seniors across Canada. BC seniors have less access to assisted-living and residential care...

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Healthy Gums for a Longer Life

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Here’s a reason for those who don’t floss to start: you might live longer. By Lola Augustine Brown   If you floss every day and take care of your oral health, you may be rewarded with more than a nice smile into your old age. According to study results reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association, better oral health means a better chance of living longer. The study followed 57,001 US women aged 55 to 89 enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study over a follow-up period of almost seven years. Post-menopausal women who had lost teeth...

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The Laid-Back Life in St. Pete

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When you can tear yourself away from the sun, surf, and sand in this Florida getaway, you’ll discover just how much there is to see and do  By Lola Augustine Brown Photos: Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater (beach); Lola Augustine Brown (Chihuly Collection).   Lying poolside at St. Pete Beach’s historic Loews Don CeSar Hotel waiting for the server to bring me a fruity cocktail, I knew it was going to be hard to peel myself off the sun-lounger to check out the numerous delights of nearby St. Petersburg, Florida, but it had to be done. Arriving just after lunch, I...

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Home-Selling Dos and Don’ts

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If you know where to focus your attention, you can boost the amount you get for your house and avoid spending money you don’t need to By Olev Edur Photo: iStock/Feverpitched.   So the kids have grown and flown the coop, and now you’re thinking about selling that big old family home and downsizing? Or maybe opting for the carefree condo lifestyle or travelling the world? Certainly real estate values are higher than ever in most parts of the country, having climbed steadily for the past 20 years, aided in part by phenomenally low interest rates. But with those rates...

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