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Zoomer Magazine December 2016 - January 2017

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

THIS YEAR was a difficult one. And at its closing came one of its deepest cuts. Leonard Cohen, Canada’s poet turned troubadour, was already our cover subject when the news of his passing broke. We were celebrating his 14th studio album, You Want It Darker, an astounding feat of creativity at the age 0f 82. This is also our annual Mind, Body and Spirit issue, and Cohen’s music and his particular mystique – an enduring mix of cool, sex and profundity – embodies that holistic view of the human condition. Of course he had me at “Suzanne,” but Cohen’s work has always been a salve to the deep, dark night of the soul – his and ours. This last album could as well have been titled You Want It Deeper, as…

2 min

FIRST ... Two months in a row, Zoomer’s so-called prophet has had a go at wind turbines, when the target should probably be Ontario’s awkward and costly introduction of alternative energy forms. At least be constructive – we have to get off fossil fuels and soon. —Carol Bradley via email LAST ... Congratulations to Moses’s commentary that “wind turbine farms are a disaster” and disfigure the countryside. There is no better example than Wolfe Island off Kingston, Ont., which has gone from a beautiful view to a truly ugly one. — George Mather, Brockville, Ont. THE F WORD We still have a long way to go down the feminist path. Not until we allow all girls to go to school, stop female circumcision, female abuse and honour killings will we be equal…

1 min
this way up

(AND DOWN) 80-year-old actor, artist, DJ and model known as “China’s hottest grandpa” gains international fame Meanwhile, 70-year-old businessman and reality TV star known as “America’s orangiest real estate mogul” gains the White House. In related news, the election of Donald Trump prompts Americans to crash Canada’s immigration website Because moving to locales like Loon Lake or Ball’s Falls sounds less surreal than calling Trump “Mr. President.” Women over 65 who drink multiple cups of coffee a day may be less likely to develop dementia Or, you know, blink. A 106-year-old former University of Virginia football player is their oldest living former player and one of its current statisticians The school, however, drew the line when he donned a cheerleader uniform and tried to demonstrate his high kick. You might call them the real Fantastic…

2 min
’tis the season

1 Don’t forget to take some overdue quiet time and enjoy the solitude by rediscovering the joys of some retro activities; listen to some vinyl on a turntable or piece together a scenic puzzle (this one features a painting by Canadian artist and Group of Seven member Lawren Harris). Puzzle, $25, www.ago.net/shop; turntable, $140, Hudson’s Bay 2 At this price, you can keep a stack of these cosy blankets on hand should you and your guests decide to sip hot chocolate next to a bonfire or hunker down in the basement for a movie night. They also make for great gifts for your guests to take home. Blankets, $12 each, Sears 3 Rum for the eggnog and whisky — from hockey legend No. 99, no less — to break the ice at…

2 min
making whoopi

IF YOU LOOK at Whoopi Goldberg’s Instagram account, you’d notice she often photographs her footwear. From fabulous overthe-knee boots to quirky platforms, it’s obvious she loves shoes. But for her first fashion design foray, she focused on sweaters, with the launch of a collection of colourful and wonderfully wacky Christmas sweaters sold exclusively at Hudson’s Bay in Canada. The 60-year-old co-host of the popular daytime talk show The View says she’s always loved Christmas sweaters and often wears them on the show. “I really designed them for anybody who has a sense of humour and a sense of loving the holiday season.” The sweaters, at $179, are a mixture of wool, alpaca, cotton and cashmere and feature a variety of whimsical illustrations that are eye-catching, if not humorous. In the tradition of “ugly Christmas…

2 min
seasons readings

Twelve … Vampire Chronicles The 12th instalment of Anne Rice’s famed vampire series, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. Eleven ... Wandering Wookiees Jedi on your list will want to get their hands on Star Wars Galactic Maps: An Illustrated Atlas of the Star Wars Universe, including realms from Rogue One. Ten … Pecking Crows The Birds’ star Tippi Hedren talks Hitchcock and Hollywood in Tippi: A Memoir. Nine …–teen ’30s Scandal One of early Tinseltown’s most shocking celeb stories, The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s, by Joseph Egan. Eight … MM Film Alexandra Zapruder discusses the impact of her grandfather’s infamous amateur film footage in Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film. Seven … Decades Waiting Unpublished since 1945, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun is vintage Tolkien: history,…