All posts in "Aging"

#998 Grandma Betty’s rise to stardom

By Cathryn Wellner / April 10, 2014

The photo above is Zach’s favourite, of Grandma Betty doing her duck face while giving the peace sign. Grandma Betty may be battling cancer, but the 80-year-old is going out in style, thanks to her great-grandson’s decision to post photos of her on Instagram. When I drafted this (three weeks before it will be posted), […]


#986 Aging adventurers take to the open road

By Cathryn Wellner / March 29, 2014

Who can resist a name like Road Scholar for a travel program designed for aging adventurers? Elderhostel has been around for a long time, but somehow I had missed its morphing into Road Scholar. That is a much more inspiring name. Elderhostel launched in 1975, thanks to a free-spirited retiree and a university administrator. According […]


#972 Teenagers return an old woman’s love

By Cathryn Wellner / March 15, 2014

A wave and a smile seems such a small thing to offer high school students, but they noticed, and they figured out a way to thank Tinney Davidson. She and her husband Ken moved into a home in Comox, British Columbia, seven years ago. Sitting in the window of their living room, they began to […]


#953 Record-breaking track star at 95

By Cathryn Wellner / February 24, 2014

Fascinated by a 93-year-old athlete with 23 world records in track and field, Bruce Grierson set out to find out What Makes Olga Run?. He wanted to know everything about her—her diet and sleep habits, her personality traits, what drives her. What he learned may change your life, as it has his. Born in 1919, […]


#945 France’s Baba Yaga House is a model for healthy aging

By Cathryn Wellner / February 16, 2014

A standing ovation for the French government, please. They provided 4 million euros to a group of aging feminists to build the Baba Yaga House, a self-managed home in the Parisian suburb of Montreuil that will allow them to retain their independence by supporting each other. The government will likely recoup that investment in lower […]


#943 Soup’s always on at NANA’s

By Cathryn Wellner / February 14, 2014

Remembering my Aunt Grace’s kitchen always brings on a wave of nostalgia. Gourmet was not on the menu, but good ingredients, prepared with love, went into every dish on her bountiful table. Anyone who showed up unannounced was offered a seat at the table. That same atmosphere of warmth and welcome is on offer at […]


#937 Seniors ham it up to Carly Rae Jepsen’s pop hit

By Cathryn Wellner / February 8, 2014

Residents of the Waverly Mansion in London, Ontario are not settling for a boring stay in an assisted-living facility. With the urging of their recreation co-ordinator, Sarah Urquhart, the oldsters are becoming a YouTube sensation. Urquhart had no idea her first production would be such a hit. Residents danced and lip-synched to Carly Rae Jepsen’s […]


#936 Waldorf Astoria honours a 66-year marriage

By Cathryn Wellner / February 7, 2014

Tony and Jo Fioravante met at a high school dance and married in 1948. In 2014 they celebrated their 66th anniversary by staying in the same hotel where they spent their first night as a married couple, the Waldorf Astoria. On their wedding night in 1948 they paid $15.75. For sentimental reasons, they kept the […]


#909 Kids making the age pie bigger

By Cathryn Wellner / January 11, 2014

When Revera* partnered with Reel Youth** on an intergenerational project, Age Is More, they were trying to combat a form of social prejudice that is cruelly prevalent and widely tolerated: ageism. The 2012 Revera Report on Ageism revealed some disturbing attitudes, such as these key results: Six-in-ten (63%) seniors 66 years of age and older […]


#895 Janey Cutler had no regrets

By Cathryn Wellner / December 28, 2013

Janey Cutler was 80 years old when she stepped onto the stage of Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) and knocked the socks off the judges. The Glaswegian great-grandmother had been entertaining in local pubs and clubs since raising her seven children. When friends talked her into auditioning for the popular show, she chose the perfect song, […]

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