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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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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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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How a caregiver gets a break – respite care

How a caregiver gets a break – respite care

Summer vacation time is a welcomed break.  Vacation expenses for caregivers can be exceptionally high due to the costs of respite care.  Even a day-trip can become an expensive break.  Unfortunately those who need a break the most are also the least likely to take one.  Those caring for an aging relative are often unable to get away, even for a few hours.  Respite […]

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Elderly, Suicide and Money

Elderly, Suicide and Money

Across Canada, 4,000 people die by suicide each year. And for each suicide, there were 100 attempts, five hospitalizations and 22 emergency room visits. (Source:  L. D’Amatro, The Record, December 15, 2012).  Suicide is appearing in social media and main stream media channels on a more regular basis.  Increasingly it is in articles on senior citizens.  This increase in suicide […]

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When No-Placeness becomes No-Readiness

When No-Placeness becomes No-Readiness

Nothing new in this sentence…the baby boomers’ retirement will be much different from earlier generations.  However, a different perspective is on the temporariness of their lifestyles.  It seems that nothing is permanent any more.  David Houle[1]  has referred to this as “no-placeness”.    The baby boomers have led very mobile lives.  They have changed careers more often than their parents.  They […]

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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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The Non-Market Economy & the Need to Measure Aging

The Non-Market Economy & the Need to Measure Aging

Seniors make a significant contribution to society much of which without a financial payment and hence not included in economic measures. Seniors’ contributions and challenges need to be included in non-market GDP alternative measures.  The exclusion of seniors from these alternative measures is fueling the inter-generational equity debate.  Instead of placing a value on seniors in our society, they are […]

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The ABC’s of Relocation

The ABC’s of Relocation

In this increasingly active era of social media, communicating with just about anyone seems to be possible.  It’s not every day that a CEO of a financial institution responds to me so I’m delighted to show off my twitter exchange with Peter Aceto from ING_Direct. I realize that someone else may be tweeting for Mr. Aceto, but I’m still pleased […]

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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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