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Zoomer Magazine June 2019

Zoomer magazine is as much a movement as a magazine, Zoomer amplifies a positive vision of aging while addressing its issues through its innovative blend of relevant policy and lifestyle content with a service-with-style positioning. Its key pillars are health, travel, finance and policy, with food and drink, arts, entertainment and pop culture as well as beauty, grooming and fashion in the mix.

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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
from the editor

FOR ME, the most haunting information from the deluge of news in the wake of the Notre-Dame de Paris fire was that France no longer grows trees big enough to replace the wooden beams of the roof that burned in the blaze. Just days after the fire, which raged as we put this issue to bed – cable news and live-streams of the unfolding tragedy, a grim office backdrop as we worked; donations at press time quickly tallied the billion euro mark in response to French President Macron’s resolute pledge to rebuild the cathedral. But the old-growth forests – one that has reached a great age without much disturbance – from which those 13th-century beams that crowned the Gothic structure are no more. It is hard not to perceive this all…

3 min

GIVE ME FIVE! What a thrill to see a renewal of interest in the Dionne Quintuplets [“Wisdom of the Ages,” April]. Loved the photo! Born a few months after the Quintuplets, I was named Yvonne after the quintuplet, Yvonne Dionne. They were highly regarded idols of my childhood and now the source of many fond memories. An early photo of me at age two, shows my hair parted on the side, “ringlets,” a forehead “kiss curl” and a rather large ribbon to complete the image. Ah, memories are “Roses in December!”—Yvonne Pagani, Queenston, Ont. POT? I THINK NOT I just finished the article on cannabis [“Pot Primer,” April]. No amount of reworking the terminology can alter the fact that it is still a drug and that producers, sellers and growers – not to mention the government –…

2 min
this way up

(AND DOWN) This gives new meaning to the term “Golden Girl” Flo Filion Meiler, 84, wins gold medals in her age group in high jump, 60-metre hurdles, pole vault, pentathlon and 4x200 relay at recent World Masters Athletics Championships. Does no one just go for a simple mall walk anymore? In New Brunswick, seniors all the way up to those in their 90s are taking up boxing to stay fit, active and to stave off age-related health problems. And for those of us whose pole vaulting and boxing days are behind us … Greek researchers say napping could lower blood pressure as effectively as medication. Research also shows that eating lots of garlic could keep age-related memory issues at bay Not to mention everyone within a five-foot breathing radius. She’s the only MC who can…

1 min
mirror, mirror

AT AGE 90, YAYOI KUSAMA remains one of the most in-demand contemporary artists in the world. In 2017, a museum dedicated to her works opened in Tokyo, while in 2018 her Infinity Mirrors installation at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario proved such a hit that it inspired a crowdfunding campaign to bring it back permanently. And it worked. On May 25, Infinity Mirrored Room - Let’s Survive Forever debuts at the AGO, one of a handful of such rooms in the world and the only permanent one in Canada. ago.ca PHOTOGRAPHY, MARIS HUTCHINSON/EPW STUDIO (INFINITY ROOM). COURTESY OF YAOYI KUSAMA INC.…

1 min
mummy dearest

All roads lead to Rome, including those that ran through Roman-occupied Egypt in ancient times. And it was there, around 1,700 years ago, that two Roman-Egyptian women died, their bodies mummified and, in the Roman tradition, their faces covered with wooden panels bearing their painted likenesses – one with bright red lips and a gold necklace and one with thick dark hair and wide eyes. Known as the Fayum mummy portraits, after the area of Egypt where such portraits are most commonly found, they’re among only about 900 known to be in existence. After purchasing them at auction in 1912, Charles Currelly, a founding member of the Royal Ontario Museum, kept one while lending the other to Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada. Now, 107 years later, the two portraits, dubbed…

1 min
soul survivor

In 1969, Dionne Warwick was riding high on the success of her R&B album Soulful, hanging in Las Vegas with Frank Sinatra and pals. Fifty years on, the Rat Pack’s gone, but Warwick, 78, remains, outlasting contemporaries and even her younger cousin, Whitney Houston. And in May, the five-time Grammy winner will be honoured with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award while also dropping a new album, She’s Back — her first R&B disc since Soulful — featuring new tunes and a re-recording of “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” which she first released in 1966. Produced by her son, Damon Elliott, the disc drops — when else? — on Mother’s Day. PHOTOGRAPHY, MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES/GETTY IMAGES (DIONNE WARWICK)…