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Zoomer Magazine March 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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in this issue

3 min
the long haul

I t is said you can never go back but many will never be content unless they attempt to, however mixed the results. This is how I found myself participating in a two-kilometre swim in a choppy sea against the current. It was a trial run – actually a breaststroke – ahead of the main event two days later, a 5K, of the Barbados Open Water Swim. These are waters I had plied as a teenager when I lived on the island in the late ’70s – my memories mostly a sun-bleached haze of surfing days and beach cook-up nights with the neighbourhood gang, the self-dubbed South Point Riders. At one point, after I broke my toes skateboarding and wore too small a bikini, which she later burned, my mother…

2 min

Literary Bad Boy On the Dec/Jan cover, you present a quote from Moses Znaimer about Leonard Cohen: “Deft, funny, profound and a little bad all at once.” Seventeen years old, living in Summerside, P.E.I., in 1967. My girlfriend and I wanted to read Cohen’s new novel, Beautiful Losers. It was not for sale in Summerside. My girlfriend made a weekend visit to relatives in Moncton and bought a copy. She started reading it right away. Her mother, a schoolteacher, found it on her bedside table. She burned the book. I did not get to read it until I went to university in 1968. I think “a little bad” is a little bit of an understatement. —Eric Cameron, Calgary Waxing poetic In late October 1964, I encountered in the University of Toronto bookstore a Canadian…

4 min

IT STARTED WITH A SIMPLE DESIRE: to get out of my high school chemistry class. This was the domino that set in motion a chain of events that would take me far from my original career path (high-powered, slick-backed corporate lawyer in the John Grisham mould) to whatever it is I do now. A writer or something. I I grew up in northern Alberta, in a far-flung community closer to the Arctic Circle than the American border. Canada felt like a southern country. (I’ve always felt, at some level, that I emigrated to Canada.) In my last semester of Grade 12, I was accepted into law at the University of Alberta but I still had to run out the clock on classes I was no longer interested in, foremost among them…

1 min
this way up

New York University (NYU) college students save money by living with seniors with an extra bedroom The early-bird keg parties aren’t bad, but accidentally doing a shot out of the host’s denture cup is kind of a buzzkill. The world’s oldest person, Emma Morano, 117, credits part of her longevity to remaining single and living alone Though, she tells NYU students, “that doesn’t mean I don’t like to party!” Scientist attempting to reverse aging says new study shows “aging may not have to proceed in one single direction” His peers, though, aren’t convinced that his “study” wasn’t just him alone in the lab watching The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, 87, the second man to walk on the moon, is now also the oldest person to travel to the South…

7 min
canada’s close-up

Toronto-born America’s Sweetheart Mary Pickford famously declared, “Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo” – ironic given the silent film star (pictured above) won the Best Actress Oscar for 1929’s Coquette, her debut talkie, the first Canadian to be nominated for, and to win, an Oscar just a few years after helping co-found the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself. It’s appropriate then that this Tinseltown pioneer should celebrate her quasquicentennial (125th birthday) as Canada marks its 150th – a year when fellow Canuck Ryan Gosling finds himself twostepping through award season on the back of La La Land, Québécois director Denis Villeneuve’s alien tale Arrival beams up praise from film-loving Earthlings and the legacy of Canadians in film gets some coast-to-coast-to-coast…

3 min
the body electric

when 59-year-old Jeff Turk decided he wanted something to augment his running regime – he runs marathons – he opted for core and upper body training. But he wanted to spare his joints (particularly his knees) the high impact they were already bearing from his aerobic workouts. He discovered trainer Aman Hasebenebi, who owns Lucid Fitness in Toronto (www.lucidfit nesstoronto.ca), was one of the first in Canada using XBody, a low-impact, high-results technology used in Europe since 2010. The system employs electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to target all muscle groups while focusing on resistance and core strength during your workout. You’re still working out but, because of the stimulation directly to the muscles, the training time can be as little as 20 minutes. The tech itself, however, is not groundbreaking. EMS therapy…