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How often do you pooh? Three times a day to three times a week is considered normal. Feces from a healthy bowel movement should be 1 to 2 inches across, smooth and brown, and in one piece about 18 inches long. I recently heard a talk about constipation at Geriatric Academic Rounds at Veteran’s Memorial Hospital, and I’m happy to pass on to you the helpful tips I heard from the expert for free and easy bowel movements (BMs). 

It’s all very well to say Canadians should be saving for retirement, but it’s increasingly unrealistic for many in today’s economy. The context Increasingly, employment is precarious for many, not just for people with low-paying jobs but also including the middle class and self-employed persons. Short-term contracts...

It’s all very well to provide good physical and mental care for very elderly seniors, but who’s paying attention to their social well-being? And what’s the role for active young seniors and their communities, where frail and marginalized seniors live? No matter where an older adult lives, it seems to me that we as a society need to care not only about their bodies and minds, but also the social aspects of their being.

Even though we humans are social beings and genetically programmed to give and receive help, many of us are reluctant to ask for it when we need it. Why is this, and how can we get good at asking for assistance, whether caring for an aging parent or spouse, needing care ourselves, or tackling a difficult project.

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) seems promising for helping people get a good sleep at night. You can learn and use CBT-I on yourself, as detailed by Judith R. Davidson, author of Sink Into Sleep.

A sleep diary

She recommends keeping a daily sleep diary for one full week to get a really clear picture of your sleep patterns.