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My Elderly Space

A look at the remarkable lives of the elderly


103 year old appointed to the Order of Canada

103-year-old Edra Ferguson was appointed to the Order of Canada after she was nominated by Tara Muzumdar, who works at her nursing home.

Her accomplishments include earning a law degree in the 1920s when the law school was mostly male, being elected the first female alderman in St. Thomas, becoming a judge, and fronting women’s groups fighting for equal rights.

Read the full story here.


Generation Alzheimer's

Here at My Elderly Space, we usually like to feature the secrets of successful aging. Did you know that the first wave of baby boomers are turning 65 this year?
The reality is, Alzheimer's disease is more common with aging.

The Alzheimer's Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

To learn more, visit www.alz.org


Happy 90th Birthday, Hazel!

Canada's oldest mayor, Hazel McCallion turns 90. She has been the mayor of Mississauga, Ontario since 1978 and is well loved by her city.


Elderly folks are hurtful (but honest!)

We all know that grandparents are a source of good, honest advice. As it turns out, this is not only the result of years of experience, but possibly because of their decline in executive function. So next time you ask your grandma how you look in that dress, be prepared for the honest truth...

Read about this at Scientific American


Hazel is running for mayor again! Go, Hazel!!

In announcing her 12th, and apparently final, run for mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, Hazel McCallion (age 89) showed she had one more political fight left in her with a remarkable plea to voters to support candidates who would work with her, putting the interests of the city before themselves. Go, Hazel, go!


How to live to 100

National Geographic writer and explorer Dan Buettner studies the world's longest-lived peoples, distilling their secrets into a single plan for health and long life. To find the path to long life and health, he and his team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. He shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100 here.


Only six medical residents in Canada choose a career in Geriatrics

When Joanne Clarke graduated from medical school, she was 179,000 dollars in debt. In that way, she was like most of her fellow students. But in almost every other, she was different.

She was a student in southern Ontario, Canada, who wanted to move north to practice. She yearned to swap the big city for a smaller community. And most unusual of all - her passion was geriatric medicine. In her graduating year, Joanne Clarke was one of only six medical residents in Canada who chose that field. Six!
Dr. Clark is now the sole geriatrician serving Sudbury and all of north eastern Ontario, an area that covers 400,000 km and is home to more than 80,000 people over the age of 65. She says her new job - being with patients, coordinating a team of medical caregivers, creating policy and consulting with local health facilities - is a dream come true.

We congratulate Dr. Clark on her new endeavours and hope she inspires others to follow in her footsteps!

Here her on a CBC Radio interview here: (Scroll to the bottom. Her segment starts at 41:28 in Hour Three)


Poppy donations are for veterans and widows!

John Dietsch, 84 year old veteran, wasn't scared – then or now. He served in World War II and now is any active volunteer with the Royal Canadian Legion in Scarborough. Dietsch took a lead role in poppy collection. His branch raised about $35,000.

Yesterday, gunman stormed into a Royal Canadian Legion, demanding thousands in poppy donations. When the gunman lunged for the cash, Dietsch grabbed his arm, pushing away the gun. They struggled and Dietsch fell to the floor. The startled attacker ran to the door empty-handed.

Go Mr. Dietsch, go!

Read more of the story here.


95-year-old Track Star

Frank Levine ran his first marathon at the age of 65. He’s run seventeen marathons since then. At 95, he still runs 2 miles every other day, and recently competed in the 95-99 category and set a world record at 50 minutes and 10 seconds.

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"A hundred is nothing anymore..."

"A hundred is nothing anymore... 110 is just a little bit better," says Bernice Madigan, who turned 110 last month. Watch the video below and find out her secret to longevity.

Article from Boston.com