Health

Should age be used when calculating federal health payment transfers?

Should age be used when calculating federal health payment transfers?

Health care is the largest government expenditure in Canada.  The ageing of our population has created anxiety about the ability of our health care system to meet future needs.  Likely there will be many health care changes over the next few years.  One change underway is the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) (http://www.fin.gc.ca/fedprov/cht-eng.asp ).  This is the largest movement of money from the federal government.  A new […]

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By |July 10th, 2013|Health|0 Comments

Vacation Decisions when Parents are in Frail Health

Vacation Decisions when Parents are in Frail Health

One of the challenges that many of us are facing is the decision to take a vacation if one of our parents is in failing health.  We are concerned to leave in case an emergency arises and our assistance is needed.  Even more challenging is the realization that a parent could pass away while we are on vacation. The progression […]

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

Harsh Reality – Retired & Broke

Harsh Reality – Retired & Broke

In my research I have found one age group that is at much greater financial risk than others.  It’s the age 55 to 64 group – both male and female.  The risks for this group are almost always health related.  Most Canadians greatly underestimate health risks.  Individuals in this age group who have had to stop working due to health […]

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

Getting Innovative about Reducing Health Care Costs – Build Seniors’ Fitness Parks

Getting Innovative about Reducing Health Care Costs – Build Seniors’ Fitness Parks

It’s so simple!  Movement will keep us healthy.  Inactivity will make us sick.  Exercise is increasingly important as we age for both our mental and physical well-being.  It is hard for many of us to maintain a reasonable level of exercise and a community-approach to this may boost our engagement levels.  One idea that’s taking shape is outdoor fitness parks. […]

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By |June 24th, 2013|Health|0 Comments

10 Myths of “Warehousing Old People”

10 Myths of "Warehousing Old People"

I’ve heard the phrase ‘warehousing old people’ many times.  Statements such as these need to be stopped and I believe that will happen only through education.  It is a greatly misled statement.  It’s also very hurtful to families as well as to professionals working in health and social services.  Ten myths (there are many more) I’ve addressed about institutional care: 1.  It is impossible […]

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Seniors’ Residences Tell the Story About Longevity – How much greater are women’s risks?

Seniors' Residences Tell the Story About Longevity - How much greater are women’s risks?

Women & Longevity: Women are at much higher risk of living alone because of their longer life expectancy.   Women also tend to marry older men and this further increases the likelihood of being widowed.  This isn’t news.  What is interesting is the degree to which women live alone in retirement senior citizens’ facilities compared to men.  Although the total number […]

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The Financial Implications of Living Alone

The Financial Implications of Living Alone

Living alone is increasingly common at all ages.  Some people never partnered.  Others decide to remain single after the dissolving of a relationship or through the death of a partner.  One relatively new and growing trend is termed – living apart together (LAT).  LATs consider themselves in a committed relationship although they have chosen to retain separate addresses.  Most often, […]

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Enemy #1 – Social Isolation

Enemy #1 – Social Isolation

Death by suicide has surpassed death by motor vehicle accident according to a Washington Post article by Tara Bahrampour (June 4, 2013).  This startling statistic has the potential to get worse because suicide risk increases with age.  Reported in this story was the attempted suicide of a senior who was isolated from relationships and experiencing severe financial difficulty. Retirement and […]

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Innovation – Claris Companion Device

Innovation – Claris Companion Device

The aging of our population is presenting exciting new business opportunities.  Innovative technologies for our homes will be increasingly important in helping us retain independence as we age.  One Canadian company based out of Vancouver – www.clarishealthcare.com has recently released a new technology device, the Claris Companion.  According to their website it: “… makes it easy to communicate with aging […]

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Part 3 of 3 – Just because you’re healthy doesn’t mean you don’t require a POA

Part 3 of 3 – Just because you're healthy doesn't mean you don't require a POA

The Vancouver Sun published a letter from on April 24, 2013 that has caught my eye – http://www.vancouversun.com/life/take+tarnish+golden+years/8286714/story.html Ms. Zimmerman’s letter and concerns were motivated by a conversation with her financial advisor initiated at the request of his supervisor.  The conversation was about a suggestion for Ms. Zimmerman to appoint a power of attorney (POA) for property, given her age […]

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