Posts Tagged "senior"

Safety for Older Drivers

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Safety Concerns, Staying Active | 0 comments

An aging population means more aging drivers.  The leading edge of the baby boomers is entering their 60’s, and the fastest-growing segment of seniors are the over-80’s. Both groups are experiencing age-related changes that can affect safe driving.  Generally, those over 65 are relatively safe drivers; unfortunately, those over 80 have more collisions. Many of today’s seniors learned to drive the family car or truck in their teens, and did not even take a road test to get a driver’s license.  Some developed driving habits that are unsafe. With age-related changes in...

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Older Caregivers Face Extra Risk

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Caregiving, Health Signals | 0 comments

Expecting to “take it easy” in your senior years? According to 2007 figures from Statistics Canada, at least 675,000 Canadian seniors have had to curtail travel, leisure and personal interests – and have put themselves at risk for physical and emotional problems – because they are providing care to another elderly person. They could be looking after close friends (30%), spouses (23%), neighbours (15%) – even parents (9%).  One third of these seniors are over the age of 75. Fewer than one in five older caregivers gets a break from these responsibilities. Without...

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Introduction to Old Age Security (OAS) in Canada

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Financial and Tax Matters | 0 comments

 As a senior or concerned family member, are you looking for ways to make the most of your income and assets?. Low income seniors face even greater challenges. Many seniors don’t take advantage of all the seniors’ benefits available to them. Filing a tax return can make a real economic difference, especially to low income seniors. Many government programs that help low income seniors require that you file a tax return. In some cases, the application for the program can be submitted with your return. The Old Age Security Program is the foundation piece for seniors’ benefits...

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Action for Common Aging Concerns

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in Caregiving, Health Signals, Planning | 0 comments

In previous newsletters, we showed how you can approach sensitive topics during holiday visits with aging parents. During the visit you may have noticed new areas of concern, or old problems that are calling for action. Now, you may feel anxiety or uncertainty about what to do next. Taking that first step, no matter how small, creates momentum towards positive change. Here are some first steps for common concerns: 1. Health Changes in physical or mental health are usually at the root of all other challenges facing your aging parents.  Many factors combine to keep seniors healthy. Among the...

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Workplace Issues in an Aging Canada

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in Workplace | 0 comments

Canada’s aging population has increased dramatically in the last five years. We can expect significant changes to our economy and our workplaces as a result. Census 2006: Age and Sex, released in July, shows nearly one out of every three Canadians is now a “boomer”. Canadians aged 55 to 64 are the fastest growing demographic, up nearly 30 per cent from the last Canadian census five years ago. Higher life expectancy means there are more seniors than ever – now one in seven Canadians. At the same time, declining birthrates mean fewer children. Statistics Canada projects...

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