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Zoomer Magazine May/June 2020

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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3 min
from the editor

“If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all,” said Hillary Clinton, then First Lady of the United States, in a seminal 1995 speech at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. She got one of her wishes. The statement caused a geopolitical brohaha for the unprecedented act of a First Lady criticizing, even if obliquely, an American adversary on its home soil and foreshadowed Clinton’s turn as Secretary of State during the Obama administration’s first term. And it has indeed echoed through the decades as an oft-referenced feminist rallying cry. However, it is now clear, despite some progress, it wasn’t “once and for all,” since women…

1 min
focus: taylor made

JAMES TAYLOR recalls the anxiety setting in ahead of a gig at Toronto’s Massey Hall early in his career. “When we did our sound check, I thought, ‘How are we gonna fill this place?’” He did fill it, of course, along with countless other venues during his celebrated career, and the 71-year-old is still making history. In 2015, he toppled Taylor Swift (whose parents named her after him) to notch his first career Billboard No. 1 album, Before This World, 47 years after his debut disc. And this March, American Standard entered the charts at No. 4, making Taylor the only artist to land in the Billboard Top 10 every decade for the last six decades. Taylor has endured the fire and rain, so to speak, of his life, from…

2 min
this way up

“So you’ve got a new anti-aging cream. That don’t impress me much” Shania Twain, 54, tells the LadyGang podcast, “Aging is a battle you can’t win” and that she’d rather “enjoy what I do have” than stress over slowing her aging process. A new study shows that hearing aids could help stave off cognitive decline … researchers recently shouted. Son of Canadian Second World War vet Pte. Fred Arsenault asks public to send 100 cards to his father for his 100th birthday. His father receives 90,000 Which, I believe, is what they describe in the military as “Shock and awwww.” Meanwhile, a woman old enough to have been Arsenault’s babysitter marked her own major milestone Phyllis Ridgway, Canada’s oldest person, turns 113 and credits her longevity to drinking apple cider vinegar with honey every day. (AND DOWN) It turns…

2 min
a page from history

After 20 years of writing adventures for her chic Parisian P.I. Aimée Leduc, New York Times bestselling crime novelist Cara Black, 68, set aside her acclaimed contemporary crime series to write her first stand-alone novel: a spy thriller that satisfies her obsession with the Second World War and the history of Occupation-era France. Over years of research trips for her long-running series, a story idea emerged as she scoured French flea markets for vintage maps and period photographs, and Black kept a separate journal for anecdotes told to her by older Parisians. The result is Three Hours in Paris, an atmospheric cat-and-mouse tale about a female sniper’s attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler during his June 1940 visit to the City of Light. As any Francophile knows, whether it’s modern investigations…

2 min
the er diaries

THE CASE A 56-year-old man was brought to Emergency by his wife because he had been acting strangely for a few days – change in personality, moodiness, off-and-on confusion. He had had a mild headache and, recently, a mild cold (runny nose, cough). He was not taking any medications on a regular basis. THE SYMPTOMS The patient was found to have an odd affect, meaning his emotional reactions were not consistent with the conversation – he would laugh inappropriately, for example. He also had an episode of muscle twitching in his arms and legs that resolved after about 30 seconds. Over time, however, he became more confused and belligerent and continued to have several episodes of body shaking, consistent with seizure. Initially, he was afebrile (not feverish) but after several…

9 min
covid-19 protective measures

When news reports began filtering out of China of a virulent new illness called novel coronavirus, few could have predicted how much it would turn our world upside down. This COVID-19, we soon learned, was not just another version of the common cold. Instead, it was a highly contagious new virus that experts forecast could affect up to 70 per cent of the population, with the elderly and those with underlying conditions especially at risk. The media quickly pounced on the outbreak and, as each new and alarming story emerged and was amplified on social media, fear became almost as contagious as the disease itself. We watched hourly updates of the virus’s spread through China, then Asia, Iran, Italy and inevitably around the world. In an effort to mitigate the spread, first cities,…