How a Carefully Planned Family Trip Helped My Mom Connect With Fond Memories After Her Dementia Diagnosis

DIANA BALLON | AUGUST 22ND, 2022 Published in the June/July 2022 issue of Zoomer Magazine I was a little worried when we arrived at the Algonquin Resort in Saint Andrews, N.B. last September, and my mum, Heather, didn’t seem to remember anything about the hotel where she worked 69 years ago. “It’s like a foreign country,” she said Continue Reading

“A Perfect Storm” on University Campuses

Relationship breakups, exam stressors, homesickness, and fights with roommates are no longer the main difficulties affecting university students. Instead, mental health experts describe post-secondary students’ struggles as vast — everything from depression to anxiety, stress, eating disorders, substance use, trauma, abuse, and occasionally a first episode of psychosis. Living through the pandemic has only made these problems that much more visible and obstructive.

Nature has its benefits

Who doesn’t know intuitively that nature is good for us – that we likely feel calmer and less stressed when we are in a forest or a park or walking by the water? While we know that nature enhances our cognitive, emotional and spiritual well-being, new research also indicates its physical benefits too.