This article is from the October 2015 Issue of Forever Young

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A quick trip to Portland, Oregon

By A.J Williams

Fine dining and great wine is usually important when I’m booking a travel destination. So as a foodie and aspiring wine snob, I wasn’t quite sure about the beer and food scene in the City of Roses. However, I decided to trade in my typical dinner party attire for comfy walking shoes and a sense of epicurean adventure. Well actually the first day in Portland, I didn’t have the right walking shoes, and I paid for it. However, the shopping there’s pretty good (no sales tax!), so that issue was remedied quite quickly.

Unlike many cites where ‘Street Eats’ are constantly on the move (with lots of smart phone apps to help you track your favourites), Portland’s food trucks are mostly organized in ‘pods’ scattered around town. Very clever. What this means to the average foodie is a lot of fabulous food in a small area, and probably not enough FitBit credits in between bites. The cuisine is as diverse as the city itself, and you can forget finding a run-of-the-mill hotdog stand here. This is gourmet food, served fast and fresh and worth standing in line for. From classic French to incredible Thai food, or Indian and Mediterranean options, I don’t think there was a cuisine we didn’t see.

If sitting down for a meal is more your style, then visit one of the brew pubs in Portland. Let’s just say Portlanders take their beer seriously. Very seriously. Portland is home to more breweries than any other city on Earth. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s kind of ‘Beervana’. There are beer festivals, beer months, beer tours, and naturally, beer experts who can give you great advice. The brewpubs offer a staggering number of craft beers, and some pretty stellar eats too. Bridgetown Brewing was a highlight, and it’s in the city’s famous Pearl District, a funky, hipster-filled neighbourhood that seemingly goes on forever, with one cool shop and brewpub after another.

This article is from the September 2015 Issue of Forever Young

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Forever Young’s 50 plus demographic is an active group that may be on the cusp of being identified as seniors but they don’t feel like they’re in their sunset years.

Our cover stories are one way that the magazine appeals to adults who are yet to be retired and to retirees of all ages.

The famous faces that have appeared on the 360 covers over the past 30 years run the gamut from political figures and sports icons to Hollywood celebrities and royalty. The idea that an interesting character on our cover would prompt potential readers to pick up a copy is a part of the magazine’s success.

While we started with lesser-known figures like ex-boxer Sammy Lufspring and entertainer Anna Russell in October and December 1986 respectively, the celebrity pedigree of the features increased dramatically. In 1987 and ’88 such notables at Moe Koffman, Tommy Hunter, Dick Beddoes, Phyllis Diller, Arnold Palmer, Pierre Berton and Bob Hope were featured.

Here are some of the highlights from our archives and the cover stories that have brought Forever Young to its 30th anniversary.

December 1988:
Bob Hope
He was 85 and still making us laugh. Why was he so funny? It was his impeccable timing and his ability to snap a line, cover it and move onto the next. Why was he still working at his advanced age? “Because I was asked to. I’d be in Palm Springs relaxing if people didn’t ask me to work.”

This article is from the August 2015 Issue of Forever Young


Barbara Eyles, Development Officer - Gift & Estate Planning at UBC Okanagan, works with donors to create meaningful legacies to the university.

When faced with the question of how to best honour the memory of her late grandfather, for Audrey Pope, the answer was simple: she would create a scholarship in his name through her will.

By Glenna Turnbull

“My grandfather was a brilliant educator and highly respected teacher in the late 19th century here in BC and was superintendent of education for 19 years,” recalled Audrey in a recent phone interview. He also was the one who was able to help her financially to achieve her dream of earning a Masters degree in Science at the University of British Columbia.

Now in her 80s, with no children or grandchildren in need of her money, Audrey doesn’t know what her future health conditions or needs will be, but what she does know is, “The  money left over by the time I pop off will help fund people who want to become educators who, like my grandfather, might go on to do something important with the education system.”

Audrey is just one of the many donors that Barbara Eyles, the development officer for gift and estate planning at UBC Okanagan, has had the joy of dealing with over the past two years.

Barbara’s job is to help match prospective estate donors to the areas they’re most passionate about that need funding. Whether it’s financially aiding medical research or simply creating a scholarship for an exceptionally bright student, Barbara works with potential donors to create the perfect match.

“I’m very lucky in that, by the time I talk to people about estate giving, many of them are already donors or have shown they’re interested in the university and they want to do more,” said Barbara.

“My job is to work with them to find out what kind of legacy they want to leave, what their interests and passions are and to provide options  to  reduce the costs to their estate,” she said.

But the reality is, not all of us have millions to donate to the university’s building fund. That’s OK. You don’t have to have millions to leave a legacy behind. 

“I’d like to dispel the myth that it’s only the very wealthy leaving gifts through their estates because that’s not the case,” said Barbara. “For as little as a $1000 bequest you can start a new award.” Whether that be a scholarship for an engineering student or someone who comes from a rural area, that’s totally up to you.

This article is from the July 2015 Issue of Forever Young


Napa’s legendary Chateau Montelena.

Uncork a visit to this fermentation destination

By A.J. Williams

Earlier this year, we spent five spring days in the Napa Valley, on a blissfully ‘non-spring-break’ grown-ups getaway.

Our rental house in St. Helena (just a stone’s throw away from San Francisco), was the perfect spot from which to explore the area. We strolled St. Helena’s lovely neighbourhoods, and my husband and I checked out home décor shops, olive oil tasting bars and restaurants along Main Street. Be prepared for many gastronomic delights.  Lunches are casual at ‘Mustards’, or try Gott’s Roadside for legendary burgers.  

Our first dinner was at the Greystone Wine Spectator restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America, the premier cooking school in the USA. These future ‘food network’ stars of tomorrow learn their way around the kitchen, as well as the front of house, ensuring fantastic service and an A+ meal.  

Try to fit in brunch at the ‘artisanal BBQ’ Farmstead restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch – deserving of its huge following.  

The stand-out meal of our visit, however, was dinner at Cairdean Estate’s Farmer & The Fox. This welcoming, funky gastropub features a drool-worthy menu that has quickly made it the ‘in place’ to dine.  The grilled sourdough crumpet may have converted me into a brussel sprout fan, and the roast lamb was succulent and flavourful. Their popovers are made fresh every 30 minutes (like a perfected Yorkshire pudding), and they alone are worth the trip.  If I could have smuggled a suitcase full of these home, I would have. 

In case you’re wondering if I forgot what Napa is actually famous for…..fear not. You might have trouble deciding which wineries to visit, as there are so many to choose from. I’ve highlighted only a few here. Make a list of any you really want to visit in advance, and then get busy online, as unlike some other wine regions, many of the larger wineries conduct tastings by appointment, so you’ll need to make reservations.  Costs ranged from $35/person to $80/person, but before you gasp, we found some to be quite worth it.

This article is from the June 2015 Issue of Forever Young

By Paul Johnson

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Having spent over 46 years in the investment advisory business, I’ve learned that there are a great many economists, politicians, bankers, advisors and portfolio managers who are only too willing to share their opinions and predictions with the investing public.

I’ve also learned that there are only a very few whose opinions are actually worth anything.  One of those is Don Coxe.  His insights have always, in my experience, been clear and sharp.  More important, paying attention to what Don Coxe says has proven very helpful in determining courses of action that have ultimately proven profitable.

For some years it has been obvious that interest rates have reached a very low ebb, and that at some point they will begin to rise.  There are some signs beginning to develop that the interest rate tide may be turning now.