Good gift ideas for seniors

Here’s a blog on gifts for seniors written by a U.S. woman who worked as caregiver for both her parents before they died. She earns a commission from Amazon for items on her website. She says: During those years of being my Mom’s caregiver, I learned many things – some I discovered through trial and … Read more

Boomers’ golden years are likely to lose their lustre

  Linda Nazareth Globe & Mail, Toronto Economist and author Linda Nazareth is the Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Her fourth book, Work Is Not a Place: Reimagining Our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post-Jobs Economy, will be published in 2018. Grandparent envy isn’t really a thing now, … Read more

Gaining a new vocabulary on old age

Paul Taylor Globe and Mail Toronto Words are powerful. They have the ability to inspire. They also have the ability to stigmatize. In the health field, there’s an increasing realization that the inappropriate choice of words in describing patients can be detrimental to their care – especially older individuals. Research suggests that the public tends … Read more

With 37 years in, Truro police officer retires

Lynn Curwin Truro Daily News There’s not a day Staff-Sgt. Randy MacKenzie has regretted on the job – not even the day he was shot at. But after 37 years with Truro Police Service, he’s decided to retire. Today he’ll put in his final shift. “My grandchildren are kind of the focus now,” he said. “I have … Read more

Robo-help for companionship, brain teasers or financial advice

DAVID ISRAELSON THE GLOBE AND MAIL   If you’re approaching retirement and looking for help, you might want to ask your robot. Technology, including artificial intelligence (AI), is becoming an increasingly important part of that last frontier – old age. Smart tech is already being deployed to help with everything from financial decisions and management … Read more

Alzheimer’s Society releases video of personal stories

Denise Surette Chronicle Herald Sandra Britten was in her early 50s when she was diagnosed with dementia. More than two years later, she is still too young to qualify for a seniors’ discount at any retail establishment, but still she is living with a disease that many associate with those much older than her. Britten … Read more

Seniors benefit from neighbourly ‘time bank’ in Cape Breton

By Holly Conners CBC News The long-standing tradition of neighbours helping neighbours is taking on a new twist along Cape Breton’s north shore. Earlier this year, the St. Ann’s Bay Development Association launched a “time bank.” “A time bank is basically an organized way to exchange services amongst neighbours and friends,” said association chair Anne-Claude Pepin. … Read more

Young people’s group helps seniors get their wish

When you leave this mortal coil, with luck, you will be leaving it with few regrets and wishes unfulfilled. There is an organization in Nova Scotia that is designed to ensure that senior Nova Scotians’ wishes do not fall by the wayside. “A few years ago, my co-founder, Katie Mahoney, was nominated to do an … Read more