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Zoomer Magazine October 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

Wayne Gretzky was the firstever cover subject of Zoomer when we launched eight years ago this month. We were thrilled that he graced our debut, not only because he is a legendary Canadian icon but he, forever frozen in our hearts as the young hockey prodigy, could be seen as an avatar of our demographic. He had retired from a successful career, had reinvented himself as an entrepreneur and was part of the sandwich generation – seeing to his beloved and widowed father while raising his five kids with his wife, Janet. And as of a year and a half ago, he became a grandfather. Gretzky is us, and we are Gretzky. As The Great One’s appeal is multi-generational, it’s only fitting that this, his second appearance on our cover,…

2 min

TRUDEAUMANIA REDUX Johanna Schneller’s story on Margaret Trudeau’s evolution and present status was informative, insightful and inspiring (“Maggie’s Moment,” September). As a participant in Trudeaumania, I read with interest the disclosure of her life experiences and the wisdom she imparts about them. Sharing her perspectives is most generous and endearing for contemporaries such as myself. —C.M. Carter, Brockville, Ont. SOUR ON MILK I feel a need to comment on the milk and non-dairy beverage comparison chart in “The White Stuff” (September). An important nutrient was excluded: cholesterol. Non-dairy beverages do not contain cholesterol, and that is one reason Canadians are increasingly turning to non-dairy choices. Other reasons include lactose intolerance, increasing awareness that casein in all dairy is carcinogenic, animal welfare and sustainability. It should also be noted that protein is more than…

1 min
this way up

If you thought Thanksgiving turkey made you drowsy, try it with some of Snoop Dogg’s personal “herbal stuffing” Martha Stewart, 75, and rapper Snoop Dogg, 44, team up for a dinner party TV show. A Florida rehab centre uses augmented reality video game Pokémon Go to get senior patients active Which means grandma wasn’t losing it when she swore that she spent the morning chasing a little orange dinosaur. Russian priest, 65, flies around the world in a hot-air balloon When asked how he did it, he explained, “Well, it started when I cornered this little orange dinosaur in the basket of a hot-air balloon. The next thing I know, we’re floating away…” After a public outcry, The Amrita, a nude restaurant in Japan, will allow people over age 60 to eat there…

5 min
atwood gets graphic

few scribes today are as in demand, across so many genres as Margaret Atwood – no surprise really, given the author’s penchant for exploring new media through her work. To start, she has two novels being adapted for small-screen series set to debut in 2017: The Handmaid’s Tale, starring Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss, on Hulu; and Alias Grace, adapted by Canadian Sarah Polley and starring fellow Canuck Sarah Gadon and Anna Paquin, on Netflix and CBC. Atwood even makes a cameo in the latter, which she revealed first exclusively to Zoomer in July. On the book front, her latest novel Hag-Seed, a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, hits bookshelves in October. But perhaps her most intriguing new project is one that sees Canada’s first lady of letters break new literary…

4 min
literary delights

Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue, whose last novel, Room, landed her on the Man Booker Prize shortlist and the Oscar red carpet for her adapted screenplay, returns with The Wonder, about a mysterious “miracle” in a 19th-century Irish village. Atonement author Ian McEwan’s murder tale, Nutshell, is one of the most anticipated tomes of the season, while Louise Penny’s beloved Inspector Armand Gamache is back in A Great Reckoning. M.G. Vassanji may contest for his third Giller Prize with Nostalgia, a futuristic story of immortality and memory, while fans of Herman Koch’s literary sensation The Dinner will cheer his latest work about a washedup writer, Dear Mr. M. Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s The Spawning Grounds spotlights a white family, a native community and the river that runs between them; Canuck bestseller Anosh Irani’s The Parcel follows a 40-year-old transgender…

4 min
message in a bottle

I CALL JASMINE the unofficial flower of India,” says Canadian actress Lisa Ray. We are seated on a silken sofa in the Platinum Suite of The Room, the designer hub for fashion at Hudson’s Bay Queen Street in Toronto. Ray, 44, is excited to discuss her first fragrance, Lisa Ray Jasmine of India, available at Hudson’s Bay stores and online at the7virtues.com. It’s a project that is literally close to home as these days she splits her time between Hong Kong and Mumbai. “What’s beautiful about the jasmine flower in India is it’s threaded into everyday life. It hangs outside temples, and women put it into their hair.” She describes a typical experience of being stuck in the city’s never-ending traffic and how in the afternoon women will weave their…