• Stressed?

    “Stress” is not about the things that happen to you, but how you choose to respond to those things.

  • Food for Thought.

    Did you know that what you eat not only affects your waist-line, but your  brain too?

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  • Taking a PAWS.

    Did you know that spending as little as 10 minutes with a pet can reduce stress?

    See Fiocco & Hunse (2017). The buffer effect of therapy dog exposure on stress reactivity in undergraduate students. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14, 707 doi:10.3390/ijerph14070707.


  • How can VR travel be used for healthy living? See what we’re up to!

  • Welcome to the StAR Lab!

    Take a tour and learn what we’re up to!

  • Mindfulness Training for Family Caregivers

    Supported by the Mind and Life Institute 1440 Award, we have investigated the impact of stress on wellbeing and the potential use of mindfulness training in caregivers of persons with dementia and neurodegenerative-related disorders. See our publication page for more information or contact us.

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The Anne Johnston Health Station 

2398 Yonge Street

Toronto, ON M4P 2H4

Tel: (416) 486-8666

Website: www.ajhs.ca  

E-mail: info@ajhs.ca

Anne Johnston Health Station provides programs and services for seniors free of charge, including primary health care, disease prevention, health promotion, and community development for individuals living within the catchment area of Highway 401 to Bloor Street and Bathurst Avenue to Bayview Avenue.


SPRINT Senior Care

140 Merton Street, Second Floor

Toronto, ON M4S 1A1

Tel: 416-481-6411

Website: http://www.sprintseniorcare.org/

E-mail: info@sprintseniorcare.org

SPRINT is an accredited, not-for-profit community support service agency in Toronto that offers a wide range of practical and low-cost services to seniors and their caregivers.



3560 Bathurst Street

Room 311, West Wing, Old Hospital

Toronto , Ontario , M6A 2E1

Tel: (416) 785-2500

Website: www.baycrest.org

Baycrest provides a wide range of residential, day programs and specialized services for the elderly of the Greater Toronto Area.



Eat Right Ontario

To connect with a dietitian: 1-877-510-2




Wherever You Go, There You Are (1994) Jon Kabat-Zinn

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness (2008) Jon Kabat-Zinn |

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995). Sharon Salzberg

Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (1994). Pema Chodron.

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (2007). Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat Zinn.