Canada Seniors

How Fast You Walk Might Predict Whether You'll Get Dementia

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

A new study published in the journal Neurology suggests that a simple test measuring how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints can predict later problems with dementia. The developed assesment will potentially allow for many more people to know whether they are at risk without complex testing.

Safer Streets Might Have Prevented This Little Girl's Death

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

It's a sad day for Toronto as a family will hold funeral for a seven-year-old girl. She was hit by a van near her home. Her death is an unimaginable loss to her family and the community. This loss of life should compel us to think about making our streets safer for all, but especially for pedestrians and bicyclists, who are more vulnerable than others are. The tragedy is raising questions about the harmful impacts of increased traffic on residential streets.

We Need to Talk About Seniors and Money

Yvonne Ziomecki | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Business
Yvonne Ziomecki

We've found that there's just not enough conversation around health and aging and its impact on money. It's extremely important that all ages, but especially seniors, prepare for major life changes -- from divorce to illness and everything in between.

Stop Drugging Seniors to Save Money

Nicole F. Bernier | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole F. Bernier

Residents rely heavily on the nursing home to ensure their protection and well-being. So it is paradoxical -- some would say tragic -- that nursing home residents are too often put on drugs they don't need, which can be dangerous, and may even kill them.

Senior Found Dead On Road Named After His Family

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia

ROSSLAND, B.C. - Mounties have identified a 75-year-old man as the victim of a violent homicide during a robbery at a home near Rossland, B.C.Supt. Ti...

Seniors Can't Age With Dignity Under the Conservative Plan

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Canadians are worried about their retirement years. For families struggling just to make ends meet, saving enough for retirement seems more like a dream than a real possibility. But instead of taking action to address financial security for seniors, the Conservative government has acted recklessly.

Don't Blame Seniors For Canada's Rising Health Care Costs

Michel Grignon | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Michel Grignon

There is a worrying rise in health care spending in Canada, but it doesn't have much to do with population aging. It's not that we have too many seniors that will break the bank, but how those seniors, and others, are treated in the health system that affects the bottom line.

The Australian Pension System Won't Work For Canada

Robert L. Brown | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Business
Robert L. Brown

Now, in Australia, you get a lump sum pay-out (hardly any Aussies annuitize their lump sum). Once again, you have to manage your retirement on your own. Now, even if you knew exactly when you were going to die, this would be difficult, but when you have no idea of your personal life expectancy, this is a problem beyond the capabilities of the average Canadian.

Canadian Seniors Deserve Better Than the Federal Budget Offers

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

The conservative approach to seniors over the past few budgets has focused on tax breaks that only the wealthy can afford and raising the age of eligibility for OAS and GIS to 67. Canadian seniors deserve better.

Don't Feel Guilt About Putting Your Parents in Care

Anne Day | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Day

Placing my mother in a seniors' residence was the last thing I ever wanted to do. It seemed so final, so rejecting. It marked the end of an era. In reality, it was just a new phase in our relationship and it was one of those tough decisions that had to be made.

5 Ways to Communicate Better with Your Elderly Parents

Eva Zatrak | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

In today's world of fast paced communication, it is helpful to go back to basics and try to remember how our elders communicated back in the day. Communication is the critical factor in any good relationship and communicating effectively with the elderly can smooth many a rocky and frustrating relationship.

The Problem With Canada's Unsustainable Health System

Natasha MacDonald-Dupuis | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada Business
Natasha MacDonald-Dupuis

Canada ranks as the fifth most expensive country of the OECD in terms of per capita health care expenditures, dedicating resources equal to a whopping 11.4 per cent of GDP to health care. In spite of these tremendous costs, Canadians remain immensely proud of their health care, and often grow exceedingly reluctant at the idea of rethinking the system. But our current system cannot sustain itself.

Senior Discounts Mean More Than $2 Shampoo

Susan Eng | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Business
Susan Eng

Some banks have decided to eliminate their cost-free seniors' accounts. Of the different marketing messages they could have used, TD went with casting boomer-seniors as a well-off group no longer needing the low-cost services. But that misses the point. People who don't need the low-cost account for themselves still want to make sure that they are available to those who need them.

Younger Canadians Will Suffer the Most From This Failing System

Susan Eng | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Susan Eng

The solutions are to either improve government transfers or to improve access to viable retirement savings vehicles. So what has Canada done? The opposite. In the name of more sustainable government budgets, the eligibility age for OAS has been raised from 65 to 67 leaving those who cannot hang on for the extra two years without a safety net.

Their Impoverished Years

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - An international think-tank warns that poverty among Canadian seniors is on the rise and that current pension safety nets may be inadequate t...

Why Seniors Need to Get Online

Yuji Toyozato | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Yuji Toyozato

I think that computers help seniors feel proud. They help seniors tackle difficult tasks and helps them become more useful in society. Besides, with PCs as aids (not only in studying but in living more comfortable lives), older people feel more connected with rest of the world because they have a great deal of available information.

Media Literacy Is Key For People of All Ages

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lindsay L. Kennedy

November 4-8, 2013, is Media Literacy Week in Canada. A project of MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers' Federation, the week focuses on helping young people become more aware of the power and influence of media in their lives.

Canadians Want National Senior Health Care Strategy: Report

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Politics

CALGARY - A poll released by the Canadian Medical Association says most people want a national strategy for seniors health care which includes an emph...

Ask Elizabeth: Taking Care of a Difficult Parent or Relative

Natalie Strouth | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Vicky asks: I've been taking care of my mom who is 74, in poor health and lives on her own. We've never had a very close relationship, and she criticizes everything I do. It doesn't matter if it's house cleaning, taking her to appointments, or getting her groceries -- it's like I can never do anything to her satisfaction.

An Open Letter to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on CPP

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

I am writing an open letter to urge you to show leadership and honour your commitment to meet and work with the provinces to provide Canadians with the opportunity to increase their retirement investments in the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP). You have the opportunity to do the right thing and improve the pension savings of all working Canadians in this country.

Ask Elizabeth: Should the Elderly Fear Falling?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Todd asks: My parents are getting older and recently, mom has become afraid of falling. She often talks about friends who have taken a spill, and whenever they come over she tells me we should have a railing for our front steps. She's even avoiding rooms where our kids' toys are on the floor. Neither one of them have had a fall -- how worried should we be about this?

Ask Elizabeth: Can Your Aging Parents Still Live Alone?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Ryan asks: At Easter this year I looked around my parent's house and realized that they are not going to be able to live here forever. When do you start talking to your parents about the future and where they going to live as they age?

Santa, Don't Forget About Struggling Seniors

Arlene Adamson | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada Living
Arlene Adamson

Santa is a senior. My guess is he never had a defined benefit pension and needs the extra cash. He knows that although Canada has made great strides in eliminating seniors' poverty, too many of our older adults still live a low-income lifestyle, especially in major urban centres where costs of living are high. This Christmas season, I urge you to remember and reach out to the elders in your life.

The Secret To 'Successful Aging'

CBC | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Living

Nearly a quarter of seniors said they'd like to participate in more social activities, according to a new report by Statistics Canada. The agency rele...

Who Is A SuperAger?

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.16.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Prevailing wisdom would suggest that the loss of memory and other cognitive functions is an inevitable part of aging. But is it?That certain...