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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Who’s going to look after me?

Who’s going to look after me?

Many childless baby boomers, partnered and singles, have asked my opinion about elder care for their later years.  The timing of the question usually coincides with their own involvement in caring for their aging parents.  This isn’t surprising since most of us find that as we become more involved with our parents, even in small ways such as mowing a lawn […]

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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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Who are the retired rich and the retired poor?

Who are the retired rich and the retired poor?

How should we determine who is eligible for government programs?  If we misjudge eligibility we risk placing the vulnerable at even greater risk.  The problem is that judging eligibility is challenging – especially in older, retired populations who are diverse and have a variety of income sources and expenses.  The thoughts below might make you rethink who are the rich […]

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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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All I want is to not stress about money

All I want is to not stress about money

Why do so many personal conversations take place in crowded public places?  When I commuted on the GO Train in the Greater Toronto Area I heard many one-sided telephone conversations.  The range of topics was very broad and included romantic arguments (these seemed to attract the largest listening audience on the train), job interviews (I’m not kidding) and personal banking […]

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Aging & New Business Opportunities – Eldercare Mediation

Aging & New Business Opportunities - Eldercare Mediation

The aging of the Canadian and the global population will mean new business opportunities across a wide range of industries.  One that caught my eye recently is a counseling or support service for families who are unable to agree on their elder parent’s care.  Even the most caring families may find that a mediator can help.  Misunderstandings can arise about […]

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The Easiest Loan You Will Ever Get in B.C.

The Easiest Loan You Will Ever Get in B.C.

Property tax deferral programs can vary greatly according to the area you live in.  Home owners age 55 and older in British Columbia who have at least 25% equity in their properties are able to defer their property taxes.  In order to qualify the home  owner must reapply each year.  Details on the rules are here:    http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Property_Tax_Deferment/about.htm .   The age 55+ individual qualifies, […]

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Crowdsourcing, Elder Abuse & Eldercare

Crowdsourcing, Elder Abuse & Eldercare

Crowdfunding has gained incredible momentum in many countries including Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.  I’ve been involved in one crowdfunding initiative through www.kickstarter.com to fund a documentary.  My family now owns a copy of the documentary, which is a story that is important to us, and I’m proud to have been a contributor to its production. The National […]

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