My favourite is keeping a "feel-good" closet. It’s easy. Just move the clothes you feel great wearing to the front of your closet. Everything else is backup. Review each piece of clothing to make sure it still fits and the colours still work. Now take a fresh look at your jewelry and accessories and put them in order.
Most important, your feel-good closet is not about looking a certain way but feeling a certain way. Before you dress, think about how you want to feel in what you wear – special, pretty, elegant, sexy. Then, choose the pieces you love from your feel-good closet. And volia!
MULTIGENERATIONAL HOUSING IS BACK: An increasing number of Canadians are choosing to reside in multigenerational family groups. According to Statistics Canada, about 515,000 grandparents shared a home with their grandchildren in 2006.
Last June, the Manitoba government unveiled a new $1.4-million program to help families build more granny suites in new and existing homes.
Whether it’s boomerang children returning home or older parents wanting to be closer to grandchildren, multigenerational living is on the rise in Canada.
"We’re seeing a rise in multigenerational families across cultural backgrounds," says Barbara Mitchell, professor of sociology and gerontology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. She added, "Immigration has shown us how other types of households can work."
And importantly, cities are taking note. They are changing zoning regulations to accommodate more flexible housing options such as laneway houses and buildings containing two homes in one.
GLOBAL AGING: Older people are often lumped together as a homogenous group, but nothing could be further from the truth. The experience of aging is different for each individual. Moreover, culture shapes the way we age.
For global coverage of the aging experience, visit the International Federation on Ageing, and click on eNews.
A POET IS BORN: When back pain forced Toyo Shibata to hang up her dancing shoes at the age of 92, her son encouraged her to turn to poetry.
"When my first poem was published in a newspaper, I was very, very happy," she said." I sent them another one and that also got published. So I kept on writing."
In Japan, sales for Shibata’s self-published collection of 42 poems has sold 1.5m copies since its publication, in 2009. Kujikenaide (Don’t Lose Heart) was among the 10 most popular titles of 2010.
Ideas for poems come to her in bed or while relaxing at her home in Tokyo, where she has lived alone since her husband died 19 years ago.
She is working on a new anthology, to be released before her 100th birthday in June.