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Our Suburbs Need Work to Be Good Retirement Spots

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By Lola Augustine Brown  Photo: iStock/IP Galanternik D.U. The suburbs may be a great place to raise a family, but they’re “no place to grow old,” according to a recent report from the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Suburban neighbourhoods tend to be designed for those with cars, who are able to drive to shops and medical appointments, but as they get older and become less mobile, adults who can no longer drive can become isolated, especially since many suburbs lack reliable public transport. As the older population grows larger—seniors make up 16% of Canada’s population—it becomes increasingly obvious...

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Parents Live Longer

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By Lola Augustine Brown Photo: iStock/monkeybusinessimages. We’ve known for some time that those who’ve had children live longer, but new research from Sweden has found that the payoff of having children became more pronounced with age, and that men benefited more than women. Researchers identified and analyzed data on more than 1.4 million people born between 1911 and 1925 and living in Sweden. The results of their analysis, published recently in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, showed that a 60-year-old man with at least one child was likely to live almost two years longer than his childless neighbour....

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Keep Your Immune System in Tune

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Your immune system is complicated; keeping it healthy isn’t  By Wendy Haaf Photo: iStock/Eraxion. If you judged solely by magazine headlines such as "9 Power Foods That Boost Immunity!", you’d think half of us are walking around with a sluggish infection-fighting system that could be bolstered by consuming a specific food or supplement. No doubt you already suspect that’s not quite true. There are, however, things that can affect the functioning of the immune system, which is an incredibly complex defensive force. Aging. Due to changes that occur over time (such as a diminished capacity for certain immune cells to...

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Retirement Destinations: Kingston, ON

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By Wendy Haaf Photo: Courtesy of City of Kingston.   On retiring two years ago, Valerie and Barry Malmsten were eager to escape the traffic-clogged corridors of Toronto to pursue such outdoor hobbies as kayaking, hiking, and biking; yet they didn’t want to give up the attractions of big-city life. Fortunately, the couple knew of a community that met these seemingly contradictory criteria, having lived there once before: Kingston, ON. Photos courtesy of: City of Kingston (Grand Theatre); iStock/Elenathewise (university). “The best thing about Kingston is that it has a quality of place and a quality of pace,” says Don Curtis,...

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Good Times in April 2017

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between ourselves3 From the Editor8 Your Letters10 Poetry health & diet13 On the Record14 A Traveller’s Guide to Health.20 Taking Menopause to Heart23 Food/ An Easter feast rights & money27 Do You Have a Plan for Your Estate?31 Your Questions trends33 Choices: Your Home and Your Retirement37 2017 Retirement style & beauty41 BeautyGood for the planet, good for you44 Style - Ethically stylish travel & leisure46 TravelPeru’s lost empire55 Retirement Destinations Calgary58 Gardening Spring beauties61 Sudoku & Chris’s Cryptic63 Calendar65 Marketplace66 Crossword ---------------------------------- PREVIEW CURRENT ISSUE  

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