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Fifty Years Ago Today Sgt. Pepper Taught the Band to Play

1967 is a vintage year in pop culture and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the finest of this special class. June 1 is the 50th anniversary of the release of the album that ushered in the Summer of Love and an emerging counterculture. Rob Bowman, a Grammy Award Winning Professor of … Read more

Move it or Lose It: Physical Activity for Older Adults

Dr. Jane Thornton is a World Champion rower who can relate to the apprehension many older adults have towards physical exercise and sports. The Western University resident physician and Action Canada Fellow trailed behind as a 7-year-old in her hometown of Fredericton, NB. Now 38, she told an appreciative audience at Ageing Well, A Public … Read more

Redirection is the New Direction for Older Adults

Half of Canadian couples between 55 and 64 have no employer pension between them. Shawn McCarthy, The Globe and Mail (February 16, 2016).   Canadians spend 21.9 years, on average, in retirement. Dr. Lynn McDonald (2012) Nearly 80 percent of pre-retirees stated they plan to keep working and earning in retirement but will do so … Read more

Toronto Becomes a World Class City for Seniors

The most populous city in Canada has even more reasons to declare its world class status with the announcement of the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) – a major research institute located in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. Toronto was included in the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities … Read more

7 Reasons Boomers Want to Work Flexible Hours

A world without the dreary freeway commute, crowded buses or packed subways. No gas fill ups. Never a missed connection. That’s what Sara Sutton Fell envisioned in 2007 when she launched FlexJobs, a top-ranked premium employment website. Since start-up, it has been an alternative for 1.5 million people searching for part-time, freelance and adaptable jobs. … Read more

Toronto Seniors Get Tough in Competitive Housing Market

Senior renters and municipal experts addressed their concerns about Toronto city housing at a recent public meeting. John Plumadore, the Chair of the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association, called for a greater voice for renters who constitute one half of the city’s occupants – 40% of Torontonians live in private sector apartments and 10% are … Read more

Countdown to Physician Assisted Dying in Canada

On Sunday, May 24, at Christie Gardens, a continuum of living facility in midtown Toronto, a packed house of aging people witnessed the spectrum of debate surrounding physician-assisted dying. A Town Hall, offered by Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Member of Parliament for Toronto-St. Paul’s, was the scene for varying views about the Supreme Court of Canada’s … Read more

Die-Hards Compete At 55+ Olympic Games

The 2014 Sochi Olympics may showcase the best winter athletes in the world, alongside a global spectator reach to a world-wide audience, with millions glued to their TVs, the Internet, radio, and print. But people don’t have to settle for their armchairs when winter sports abound for active adults. Health experts warn against sedentary lifestyles, … Read more

Top Boomer Job Trends For 2014

The work landscape for boomers promises to be unconventional in 2014. Employment trends have transformed, leaving middle-aged people with more alternatives and difficult choices. Change leads to challenges. Boomers face the spectre of ageism as younger wage earners enter the job market. Boomer Entrepreneurship as a Necessity Sarah Baldwin, from Highland Park, IL, is a … Read more

H For Hebrew – A Jewish POW’s WWII Story Of Survival

Sy Brenner, recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, lives in an assisted living residence in San Diego. As a young medic providing first aid to American soldiers on the WWII battlefield, this 91-year-old Jewish vet endured the hardships of a German POW camp. Separated from his unit, he wandered with another soldier … Read more

The Top Seven Reasons To Retire In Mexico

Mexico has become one of the most popular international retirement spots. It’s estimated that 1-million Americans have settled south of the border while hundreds of thousands of snowbirds fly in for the harsh winter months. The reasons are easy to understand. 1. Weather Tim Leffel, travel writer, author of 4th edition of World’s Cheapest Destinations, … Read more

Tablets KO EReaders For Older Adults

eReaders became trendy among seniors as compact electronic reading tools, but tablets are poised to take over on the popular and residential front. Older adults are part of a growing surge in tablets as reported by PewResearchCenter’s Tablet Ownership 2013. According to the report, tablet ownership has grown from 3% to 34% in three years. … Read more

Seniors Reconnect with Music’s Spotlight

In late June, 2013, 77-year-old Helga Beier will perform a 20-minute recital at the Theatersaal of the University in Bremen, Germany. Her piano playing was brought to a standstill during World War II while in her 20s. Germany was at war and people couldn’t make long-term plans. A half a century later, she rediscovered the instrument, … Read more

Shout Out for Grande Dame of Blogosphere

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter – Mark Twain Ronni Bennett is the proprietor of Time Goes By, the highest-ranked elder blogging site on the Internet. The transplanted New Yorker lives in Lake Oswego, OR, where she produces her popular aging site. “Blogging is a terrific … Read more

How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older

My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece – Claude Monet Sydney Eddison, an 81-year-old gardener extraordinaire from Newtown, CT, embodies the outlook of the beloved French impressionist. She began her adventures in gardening over 50 years ago in 1961. Her path has led to seven books, including Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as … Read more

Baby Boomers Confront The Caregiving Challenge

Caregivers come from every walk of life and 29% the American population, or 65 million people, are engaged in providing care for another person. Conferences and special events continue to be held to spotlight the increasing predicament of Caregivers and the psychological and financial costs on their lives. Last summer, The MetLife Mature Market Institute® … Read more

Encore: Finding Work That Matters In The Second Half Of Life

Encore, by Marc Freedman, is a work in progress. Following the Baby Boomer generation into its approaching retirement years, it posits a return to an earlier attraction with social justice as second careers. Baby Boomers are an experimental generation compared to the relatively no-nonsense parents who engendered them; parents who observed and lived through the … Read more