Well-being

Relocating after age 50

Relocating after age 50

Ok – age 50 is somewhat arbitrary in this – but here’s the point…Geographic moves are risky, especially as we age.   According to Dr. Muriel Gillick in The Denial of Aging (2006); “When we constantly resettle in new locations…we never establish roots.  Cultivating relationships with family and friends not only mitigates against loneliness, but also has an effect on health.  […]

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Which is a better measurement – GDP or Improving People’s Lives?

Which is a better measurement - GDP or Improving People's Lives?

In an earlier bog post http://agenomics.ca/2013/02/are-canadians-happy/ I talked about emerging approaches for measuring improvements in Canada.  In today’s Globe and Mail, economist Dan O’Neill talks about the need for new measurements, beyond that measured by GDP.   Mr. O’Neill talks about the need for a ‘progress indicator’ but I believe this already exists through the Canadian Index of Well-being at the University […]

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By |March 23rd, 2013|GDP, Well-being|0 Comments

Are Canadians Happy?

Agenomics water scene

According to a few indicators Canadians are not a happy bunch.  The Canadian Index of Wellbeing at the University of Waterloo measures eight key areas of life[1].  It shows a 24.0% drop between 2008 and 2010 even while gross domestic product (GDP) shows increases. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has a new measure – The Better Life […]

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By |February 26th, 2013|Well-being|1 Comment

Five Myths of Eldercare

Five Myths of Eldercare

Eldercare is NOTt: 1.Always a burden – often relationships improve; 2.A rare occurrence – it’s common in most older Canadian’s lives although always labelled ‘caregiving’; 3.Negative on employee performance – it may have short term challenges but these can be overcome and a valued role at work provides esteem, income and well-being; 4.Provided only by women – men are increasingly providing eldercare.  They […]

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By |August 24th, 2012|Well-being|0 Comments

Happiness, Life Satisfaction and Aging

Happiness, Life Satisfaction and Aging

Will we be happier with age? Most of us would want to be happy in our older years and in fact, throughout our lives.  Published research from the Centre for the Study of Living Standards (http://www.csls.ca/notes/Note2012-3.pdf) looked at data from 2003 and 2011.  Canadians are a pretty happy bunch with 9 out of 10 reporting a fairly high level of […]

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