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Zoomer Magazine November 2016

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

2 min
from the editor

NOT PRETTY ENOUGH: The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown by Gerri Hirshey and Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman by Brooke Hauser were both published this fall about the woman who helmed Cosmopolitan for 32 years and died in 2012, aged 90. Often reductively described as the real Carrie Bradshaw, Brown’s 1962 tome Sex and the Single Girl was as earth-shattering to that era’s engrained patriarchy as the many orgasms she promised from the cover of Cosmo. Its velvet handcuff catch-a-man messaging was the archaic bedfellow of its progressive stance for female empowerment through sexual liberation and against slutshaming eons before the term existed. But there was only the original F-Word for Brown. Sex and the Single Girl “was never…

1 min

Professional chef and writer Deborah Reid partnered with baker and entrepreneur Dawn Woodward for a healthier heritage take on baked goodies in “Home Cooking” (pg. 64). Reid (left) has years of cooking experience “on-the-line” and has written about her trade for Food & Drink, Edible Toronto and online site Eater. Woodward is a leading figure in the Canadian whole grain, local grain movement and leads baking workshops on the subject. This past summer, she was a keynote speaker at The Grain Gathering conference at Washington State University. In “Behind Closed Doors” (pg. 58), journalist and researcher Lyndsie Bourgon reports on elder abuse and what’s being done to support victims, nationwide. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Hazlitt, Maisonneuve and The Walrus. Although she calls Calgary home, at the moment Bourgon…

1 min

A TAXING BURDEN Re: Promise Keeper? (October) It would solve a lot of problems if all tax credits were made refundable. We have lost a lot over the years by not having enough income to cover all the tax credits we were eligible for. The refundable ones are always appreciated and make a welcome input to our bank account. Why can’t all tax credits be refundable? I realize the government will argue that it is money lost in the budget, but it would definitely assist in the spreading of the wealth to the people who would spend it and make the money go around again. —Nancy Albright, Mattawa, Ont. Maggie’s moment I could have commented about such great articles on Gordie Howe, Muhammad Ali or Elie Wiesel but chose Johanna Schneller’s “Maggie’s Moment”…

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End-Of-Life Matters Enjoyed the article “Fade to Black” (July/August). Many of us have such an antiquated view of the inevitable end of our lives. As a followup, Zoomer may want to do a story on the funeral service industry. This is an industry that includes a good deal of inaccurate information (the need for embalming, for example) and excessive costs. —Mike Dupuis, via email SEND COMMENTS TO : ZOOMER MAGAZINE, 30 jefferson ave., TORONTO, ONT. M6K 1Y4 OR BY EMAIL TO COMMENT@ZOOMERMAG.COM. LETTERS MAY BE EDITED FOR PUBLICATION. CARTOON , SAM GRO SS THE NEW YORKER COLLECTION /THE CARTOON BANK…

1 min
this way up

(And Down) Boomer acts from Paul McCartney to the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan defy age quips, return to festival roots to rock the inaugural Desert Trip Festival And with Mick Jagger calling it “Coachella for old people,” we finally have a new meaning for the term “rock of ages.” A New York Times op-ed suggests people “age out of crime” and, therefore, aging prisoners should be considered for release Oddly, the proposal is endorsed by an L. Luthor and an H. Lecter. While you’re at it, have your grandkids explain how Uber works Officials say Uber could prove a beneficial tool in helping seniors with mobility issues get around. Grandfathers of Anarchy? Local Arizona motorcycle dealership treats 101-year-old hogloving war vet to a spin around town on a Harley Davidson. University of Toronto assistant…

3 min
glory days

when Bruce Springsteen published his memoir Born to Run this fall, the response was overwhelming. There were magazine covers and television profiles, career retrospectives and seemingly constant media coverage, prompted, in no small part, by the fact that the 66-year-old Springsteen was performing some of the longest shows of his career, more than four hours a night. The anticipation of the book, especially among Springsteen’s fan base, had a unique tenor, a different sort of excitement than that which accompanied, say, the publication of Bob Dylan’s Chronicles Volume One and Keith Richards’ A Life. It has little to do with popularity. Sure, Springsteen sells out arenas and stadiums around the world (and a limited book-signing–photo-op tour sold out in seconds), but so do The Rolling Stones, and, honestly, does anybody really…