Canada Seniors

The Australian Pension System Won't Work For Canada

Robert L. Brown | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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...

Living in a Retirement Home: Is it a Positive Thing?

Kathy Barthel | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada Living
Kathy Barthel

When is it time for you parents to move to a retirement home? The decision to move from the home you've lived in for years to a new community where you may not know anyone is certainly difficult. The important thing is to feel that you are making progress and that helping your parents transition to a retirement community is a positive thing. It is.

Why PRPPs Will Not Ensure Pension Security for Canadians

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Bill C-25, an Act Relating to Pooled Registered Pension Plans received Royal Assent on June 28 this year, making it officially part of Canadian Law. Unless the cost of administration is low, and unless the pooled amount of investment is high -- the banks will profit and workers will continue to struggle to make ends meet before and after retirement.

Eight Secrets of Aging Well

Kathy Barthel | Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada Living
Kathy Barthel

You must live life in the present -- the key to aging successfully -- but you can't do so if one foot is chained to the past and both hands are shielding your eyes from the fuzzy future. Your vision will be blocked, your hands will be full and you'll be teetering on one leg! Try to integrate the following eight habits into your day as often as possible.

Seniors Turfing Tories: Survey

CBC | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada

The Conservatives are losing ground to the NDP among key groups of voters — such as seniors and new Canadians — an exclusive new survey conducted ...

Baby Boomers Reshape Aging With High Health Demands

CP | Helen Branswell | Posted 05.29.2012 | Canada Living

With the largest generation ever starting to crest the hill of old age, medical specialties that deal with older adults are getting ready for the inev...

Tories And NDP ♥ Seniors

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.15.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Both the NDP and the Conservatives tabled separate bills Thursday aimed at improving the qualify of life for seniors.The NDP proposed legisla...

Are Our Elderly Parents the Entitlement Generation?

Kathy Barthel | Posted 02.28.2012 | Canada Living
Kathy Barthel

To say that Sam's parents are demanding may be an understatement. He says they're the entitlement generation. The lawnmower is out of gas, call Sam; Dad fell and cut his head, call Sam; I mixed up my walker with my friend's walker, call Sam. Where do the demands come from?