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Zoomer Magazine November/December 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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in this issue

3 min
from the editor

WE ARE NOT GOING to be doing personal attacks. We’re not going to be playing the politics of division and fear,” Justin Trudeau told senior editor Peter Muggeridge and me when we quizzed him last year on the approach he would take to his re-election campaign. As we go to press, that campaign is in full swing (see our coverage in “The Zoomer Primary,” pg. 34), and this issue will be on newsstands when you go to the ballot box. Whatever Canadians decide, with the older demographic – meaning us – being the deciding factor, it will be interesting to see if the Prime Minister will indeed be able to walk the path of Sunny Ways 2.0. These are incredibly polarizing times, with an overwhelming amount of unsettling information – or…

3 min

HAPPY CAMPERS Re: “Parks & Recreation” (July/August). I, too, am part of a group of women who have been camping together in Algonquin Park since 1999. Our full list is about 20 women with a wide range of ages. We started with a core group and over the years most have brought a friend they thought might enjoy the trip. Some have become part of the core group and some have not come back. We read the article and were surprised at the similarities of the impact of the whole process. It has spilled over to our everyday lives, and the ladies who are not able to sleep on the ground anymore are still part of our overall network. It was a joy to read the article, and we have a heartfelt thanks to…

1 min
this way up

(AND DOWN) Brad Pitt, 55, describes a “new masculinity” as “a man who owns his own flaws and is aware of them and open about it. And vulnerable, with real feelings” in an interview with The Sunday Times In other words, bye-bye Fight Club movie sequel, hello Talk About Our Feelings Club movie. White House staff may want to take note Trevor Mallard, 65, New Zealand’s Speaker of the House, calms an upset baby by cradling and bottle-feeding him in parliament. Some folks are over the hill while others are lucky enough to be under the waves For the third year in a row, a Second World War vet, 96, marked his birthday by setting the record as the world’s oldest active scuba diver. A new approach to studying longevity shows that of all…

2 min
playing his heart out

ANTONIO BANDERAS settles in next to me at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, handsome, fit, charming and a far cry from the aging and ailing film director he plays in his latest film, Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory. But when he speaks it quickly becomes clear that the 59-year-old is more interested in introspection than movie promotion. That mindset, of course, often comes with age, though a heart attack two years ago certainly sped up the process. “Exactly like Pedro is trying to express in this movie, I looked back [on my life],” Banderas says. “The things that I consider really important came up to the surface immediately, and everything that I thought was important was not.” “I am now a year from being 60 and you shouldn’t be…

2 min
renaissance man

ROBBIE ROBERTSON watched his life flash before his eyes. Literally. In September, the documentary Once Were Brothers, about the legendary Canuck rocker’s childhood and rise to stardom with The Band, opened the Toronto International Film Festival – a first for a Canadian doc – mere blocks from where a teenage Robbie honed his musical craft in clubs on Yonge Street. “I’m just going in there and trying to make some kind of a noise that really excites me” “It’s kind of full circle isn’t it?” the 76-year-old laughs. “Everybody used to say, ‘That’s not going to happen, but it’s nice that you dream.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t understand why you can’t imagine this because I can’t stop imagining it.’” And now, at an age when many contemporaries are plotting out retirement tours,…

2 min
he’s still standing

“I am a survivor. I’ve survived a lot of things” LONG BEFORE Rocketman – the biopic that garnered almost universal praise upon its release earlier this year – offered a magically musical take on Elton John’s life, the 1997 doc Tantrums & Tiaras, directed by the star’s now-husband (Canuck filmmaker David Furnish) featured the rock legend throwing fits of rage as part of its unvarnished warts-and-all access. The film itself is a PR rep’s worst nightmare, which is what makes it so wonderful. As John, 72, wrote in The Guardian in May, “I loved it because it was truthful … at my worst, I was disgusting and awful, and there’s no reason to pretend otherwise.” In fact, through highs and lows, John has rarely balked at showing us who he really is –…