Canada Seniors

Don't Believe Media Hype - Seniors Are Not the Wealthy Generation

Arlene Adamson | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Living
Arlene Adamson

Seniors ought to age in the community along with the rest of us, enabling socialization and access to resources that keep them mentally, physically, and most importantly, socially active. Bringing up the standard of the actual facilities that already exist would be a good place to start, but a longer term vision requires new models altogether.

As a Senior, I Deserve Less Government Money

David Martin | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Politics
David Martin

I might be betraying my demographic but I think it's time we seniors started asking for less. For years now, those in the over-60 age group have been making out like bandits while the younger generations struggle to make ends meet. Unlike in years past, there are now relatively few seniors in developed nations suffering in poverty. The iconic image of an aging widow living on cat food is today largely a myth. Older folks, for the most part, live comfortable lives.

The Feds Are Failing Canada's Seniors

Hedy Fry | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Hedy Fry

The Liberal government's Health Accord recognized that‎; the Council of the Federation recognizes that; health care advocates and health professions recognize that. This is the mandate of the federal government and it is time to stop passing the buck to provinces.

Top 10 Reasons Not To Start a War With Seniors

Susan Eng | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Eng

Much is made of health care costs for the frail elderly. But the healthcare spending curve by age group is actually U-shaped with equally significant amounts spent for childbirth and early childhood problems. So is one okay and the other to be disparaged? Does it need to be said that we were all once born and will all eventually get really old if we're lucky?

How An Aging Population Means Trouble For Canada's Debt

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Business
Douglas Hoyes

Although aging Canadians were typically the most financially stable age group, older Canadians are piling up debt more quickly than other demographics. A recent study by the Vanier Institute of the Family showed that more than 70 percent of those aged 55 to 64 held some form of debt in 2012, up from 61 percent in 1999.

Give Seniors "Homes" Instead of "Institutions"

Verena Menec | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Living
Verena Menec

Should we really be talking about how many nursing home beds are needed as politicians, media and health policy people all do? Or should the question be: "How many more homes are needed for frail older people who need care?"

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

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 09.30.2014 | 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 09.20.2014 | 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 09.13.2014 | 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 08.19.2014 | 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 08.09.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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.