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Your parent may be hiding money!

Your parent may be hiding money!

Three young adults in New Paltz, New York (120 kilometres north of New York City) found $40,000 hidden in a sofa they had purchased from the Salvation Army for $55.  The money belonged to a 91 year old widow whose children donated the sofa while their mother was having some health problems.  Luckily the money was found and returned to […]

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Frail Older Adults & Money Control

Frail Older Adults & Money Control

For some of us, the holiday season has meant a chance to spend time with older relatives.  It is also a time when their increasing frailty may become apparent.  Seeing someone older decline, whether it’s physical or cognitive change, is emotional.  Often these are our parents who, in our memories’ eye, were so strong and wise.  They now need our […]

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By |December 26th, 2013|Health|0 Comments

Gambling away your retirement nest egg

Gambling away your retirement nest egg

Although still a small issue, it appears that a growing number of older adults are risking their retirement nest eggs due to gambling behaviours that are uncharacteristic and problematic.  The research in this field is sparse but it is known that older adults (age 65+) are at greater risk of becoming addicted to gambling than is the general adult population […]

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By |October 31st, 2013|Health|0 Comments

HIV & Longevity

HIV & Longevity

“Some 34 million people were living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS at the end of 2011, while deaths from AIDS fell to 1.7 million that year from a peak of 2.3 million in 2005.”  Reuters, September 12, 2013 http://hivworkshop.com/2013%20news/Sept13/sept13-3.htm Less than 30 years ago no one would have thought that a person with HIV would be […]

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By |September 30th, 2013|Health|0 Comments

Unexpected health problems & financial fall-out

Unexpected health problems & financial fall-out

I met Sam* one afternoon at a business event.  I was attending the event and he was working at the event’s facility.  I intended to briefly step away from the event to make a quick phone call and that’s when I met Sam.  It was one of those conversations that sometimes happen with strangers…sharing details that you would not share […]

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By |September 26th, 2013|Health|0 Comments

The mobility gift for aging parents

The mobility gift for aging parents

Mobility is the hot gift from families looking for options to keep their aging parents active and happy.  Family members pitch in a portion of the cost and prepare to buy dad or mom “new wheels” – an electric scooter for their upcoming birthday.  The purchase is viewed as an alternative for a revoked driver’s licence or a way to compensate […]

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By |September 17th, 2013|Health|0 Comments

Trivializing Death

Trivializing Death

A while back I read the results of a 2010 poll by the Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America and one of their questions really ‘stuck in my craw’.  The question asked of 3,257 Americans aged 44 to 75 was:             “Which do you fear the most:             outliving your money in retirement or death?” Let’s face it – […]

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By |September 3rd, 2013|Health|0 Comments

Life-long learning for all budgets

Life-long learning for all budgets

September, the new school year, is a perfect time to give the gift of learning.  Remaining flexible and current in our thinking is vital for healthy aging.  Not only is it likely to delay the effects of cognitive change but it also gives us another way to participate in life.  Especially in colder climates, where the risks of isolation are […]

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By |September 2nd, 2013|Health|0 Comments

A reluctance to accept help – a sense of inadequacy

A reluctance to accept help – a sense of inadequacy

The Colorado search and rescue service stopped charging for their services because they found it was a deterrent to usage.  When reimbursement was required, people were reluctant to ask for assistance, sometimes waiting until the situation was dire.  Even then, when the search and rescue team arrived at the scene, some people refused help due to the fee.  These situations […]

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By |August 26th, 2013|Health|0 Comments

Violating the rules-evicted from your home

Violating the rules-evicted from your home

Nearly 15% of Canadians age 65 and older live with a cognitive impairment.  The risks of being diagnosed with dementia increase substantially with age, doubling every five years for those over age 65[1].  Families often try to keep their loved one at home for as long as possible, sometimes dealing with substantial caregiving demands.  One aspect of dementia not well […]

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By |August 25th, 2013|Health|0 Comments