Seniors

Poverty risks for those aged 65 and older

Poverty risks for those aged 65 and older

Sometimes hearing the simplest comment or having a glimpse of a small act strikes a deep chord within us.  This happened to me the other day.  After tossing a drooping bouquet of flowers into the compost box at the central garbage area of the building I live in I headed out to run some errands.  On my return about an […]

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By |November 27th, 2013|Seniors|16 Comments

117,316

117,316

The Memory Project website captures audio stories of Canadian veterans from the two world wars, the Korean War and from Peacekeepers.  It’s amazing to hear the voices of veterans describing specific incidences of war that are forever ingrained in their memories.  It’s unimaginable to have to live with such memories for a lifetime. According to the website, one of the purposes […]

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By |November 10th, 2013|Seniors|0 Comments

Does your business need to be age-friendly?

Does your business need to be age-friendly?

In 2007 the World Health Organization produced a document on age-friendly cities .  The intention is to help communities create an environment that is both accessible and inclusive of the age 60+ population.  Increasingly this term – age-friendly communities – has been used to build momentum and understanding for the types of transportation, housing, recreation and care that is needed […]

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By |August 21st, 2013|Seniors|0 Comments

Our aging homeless population

Our aging homeless population

Life expectancy gains are typically associated with higher socio-economic levels.  Generally, those from poorer backgrounds experience increased levels of morbidity and mortality in comparison with the general population.  More recently even those from lower socio-economic levels, including the homeless[1], are experiencing increases in life expectancy. An interim report from the City of Toronto[2] identifies a dramatic increase in older homeless […]

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By |August 6th, 2013|Seniors|0 Comments

What’s the magic number for retirement?

What's the magic number for retirement?

It is not often that the news makes us smile.  However, a recent news article about an elderly married couple in California who died one day apart is a heart-warming story.  Helen and Les Brown were born on the same day in December 1918 and were married for 75 years.  They died one day apart:   http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Long-Beach-Husband-and-Wife-Married-75-Years-Die-a-Day-Apart-217163251.html Certainly the Brown’s story is a rare one.  […]

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By |August 5th, 2013|Seniors|1 Comment

Happy 146th Birthday Canada! Ageing Together

Happy 146th Birthday Canada!  Ageing Together

Canada is a young country but its population is ageing more rapidly than most other western countries.  We have merely skimmed the surface when we talk about what this means for our quality of life over the next several decades. Headlines forecast demographic doom.  Most examine health care as a silo effected by ageing.  We need to look beyond the delivery […]

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By |July 1st, 2013|Seniors|0 Comments

A bonus for thieves – your overstuffed purse or wallet

A bonus for thieves – your overstuffed purse or wallet

Older people are at greater risk of being targeted by thieves such as purse snatchers.  A recent purse snatching incident in Ottawa, Ontario luckily did not leave the older person injured and a good Samaritan managed to find the thief and return the stolen purse (1).   The thief is counting on the older person having less strength to resist and less […]

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By |June 26th, 2013|Seniors|0 Comments

A Gift for an Elder in your Life – Natural Disaster Preparation

A Gift for an Elder in your Life - Natural Disaster Preparation

I know it’s difficult to buy a gift for older persons in your life.  Here’s one you may not have considered but I think is well worth purchasing – an emergency preparation kit. Natural disasters seem to be increasing in number.  They also seem to be taking place much closer to home.  They can strike anywhere in Canada but the two […]

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By |June 17th, 2013|Seniors|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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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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