Does it make sense to move your aging parents closer?

Does it make sense to move your aging parents closer?

It can be very challenging to assist aging parents who live geographically distant from you.  It is difficult to fully appreciate the challenges they may be facing on a day-to-day basis if you cannot see the changes taking place in their lives.  Many boomers talk about moving their aging parents closer to them, but this idea comes with many challenges.  […]

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Downsizing Madge and Phil [1]

Downsizing Madge and Phil [1]

A recent study in the U.K.[2] reported that people aged 60 and over own £1.28 trillion in housing stock.  The report goes on to discuss the desire on the part of many older people, especially those in houses with three or more bedrooms, to downsize to a more manageable property.  Older people are living in homes with more space than […]

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Hoarding, Aging and Finances

Hoarding, Aging and Finances

Television shows have certainly increased our awareness of hoarding.  At an extreme, hoarding can have a negative effect on property values and pose a health and hazard risk.  Hoarders themselves can also encounter all sorts of financial issues.  Some hoarding occurs because of hyper-consumerism placing personal finances under pressure.  Some hoarding may occur through obsessive retention of items such as mail, […]

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Retired – need money – here’s an idea

Retired – need money – here’s an idea

Another day, another study about shortfalls in our retirement savings!  The reality is: Retirement nest eggs will need to last longer than ever before:  Life expectancies in Canada continue to increase.   A female aged 65 can expect to live on average another 21 years while a 65 year old male will live another 18 years (Statistics Canada); Greater out-of-pocket expenses may […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Can you loan me $20?

Can you loan me $20?

There seems to be an increasing number of stories about people borrowing money from older adults.  Although the information is only anecdotal there are several similarities in the stories.  The lender is generally over the age of 70.  The borrower is typically employed and although younger, not without substantial life experience.  There are multiple instances of borrowing, with repayments taking […]

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