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Zoomer Magazine February/March 2021

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
brighter days ahead

AT 78, JOSEPH ROBINETTE Biden Jr., elected the 46th president of the United States, is the oldest man to ever hold that office. He defeated Donald J. Trump who, at 74, had held that record and leaves his disastrous one-term presidency in disgrace, proving the old adage, “There’s no fool like an old fool.” But the behaviour that led to Trump’s shocking but not entirely surprising self-immolation is more typical of another, much younger demographic. Trump’s remarkable make-believe world, lack of impulse control and refusal to take responsibility for any of his decisions that had negative consequences allows one to see his tenure in the Oval Office as that of a toddler with power. Similarly, one could view Trump’s enablers on staff and in the Republican party brass as parents cowed…

1 min
the hurricane at 100

Meteorologists would definitely classify Hazel McCallion, known affectionately as Hurricane Hazel, as a “Category 5.” The indefatigable former mayor of Mississauga, Ont. – her 36-year tenure is the city’s longest – was born during a global depression and has come a long way since her youthful days earning $5 a game playing in a women’s hockey league. Armed with her trademark no-nonsense attitude, Madam Mayor embodies the essence of old-school “shaking hands and kissing babies” politics. She celebrated her 98th birthday in 2019 by going rock climbing (because of course!), was routinely photographed at events pre-pandemic and still holds down a day job, serving as Chief Elder Officer at Revera retirement homes. And as she celebrates her centenary this Valentine’s Day, she’s gifting a one-of-a-kind love letter to her community: all…

1 min
this way up

(AND DOWN) Wait, you want to hit what with what? Chinese martial artists in their 50s and 60s hope to pass along the art of “iron crotch kung fu” – which includes swinging a nearly 90-pound log directly into their nether regions – to younger generations. Friends, Romans, countrymen … lend me your arms An 81-year-old man in England named William Shakespeare is among the first Britons to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. What do Finnish scientists and Swedish pop duo Roxette have in common? They both want you to listen to your heart Researchers find a link between healthier hearts in mid-life and lower rates of dementia later in life. Talk about “happy hour” An Ottawa woman, 54, started an Instagram account with her mother, 82, called Cocktails With Grandma, after their mixology hobby…

2 min
the friend zone

RINGO STARR FIRST crooned about getting by with a little help from his friends on the Beatles’ seminal 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. And more than 50 years later, he’s still asking pals to give him a hand on his new EP, called, ahem, Zoom In. The 80-year-old collabo-rated with fellow Beatle Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz and Dave Grohl, as well as songwriter Diane Warren on the single, “Here’s to the Nights.” Sting also called in a few favours for his latest album, Duets, a compilation of the 69-year-old’s pairings with artists including Annie Lennox, Julio Iglesias and Eric Clapton. Meanwhile, with the 2019 documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band still going strong on the Crave streaming service, The Band itself returns…

2 min
prequels, sequels & pandemic releases

You might call it “mission impossible” – and not the filming of the next high-octane installment that has Tom Cruise on the sidelines yelling at crew members for not following COVID protocols. Hollywood studios are still contending with the unpredictablity of releasing films in a pandemic, which even pushed back the Oscars from February to April. While some studios are going the streaming route, others are banking on people returning to watch movies on the big screen. Warner Bros., for one, made the unprecedented call to release its entire 2021 slate on HBO Max as well as in theatres (though only in the U.S.). When Canadians will be allowed to attend theatres again in large numbers remains to be seen, but early 2021 is still delivering some of the year’s…

4 min
nevertheless, they resisted

The Three Mothers Anna Malaika Tubbs, doctoral candidate in sociology and a Gates Cambridge scholar (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), brings her fieldwork and research on the diversity of Black motherhood to bear in The Three Mothers (Feb. 2). “While their sons have been credited with the success of Black resistance, the progression of Black thought and the survival of the Black community, the three mothers who birthed and reared them have been erased,” she explains in the foreword of the group biography. “This book fights that erasure.” Their names are Alberta King, Berdis Baldwin and Louise Little, and they are the mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., James Baldwin and Malcolm X respectively. The famous offspring are figures often discussed together, so Malaika Tubbs similarly entwines the…