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The senior journey

By Lilianne Fuller Life expectancy in Canada is on the increase. According to Statistics Canada, 20 years ago Canadians had an average life span of 78 years. Today it’s 83. More and more seniors are reaching age 90 and beyond. This has led to society having three categories of seniors;  youthful, middle aged and the […]

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True dough for Trudeau

By Arnold Michel, CFP “Since the word of the king is authoritative, who will say to him, ‘what are you doing?’”  Ecclesiastes 8:4 Tax changes are afoot. Maybe you’ve heard about some of the proposed changes on the news or read about them on social networks or in newspapers such as this one. The proposals […]

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In-laws wanted

by Sharon Simpson “What is the difference between an in-law and an outlaw?” the elderly senior asked me. “I’m not sure. What is the difference?” “The outlaw is wanted.” He melted into laughter at his joke. It was an unexpected answer and that caused me to laugh. As I left, I thought about it some […]

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Where is God?

By Dr. Dave Currie In Las Vegas on October 1 a lone gunman, motives still unknown, opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers…58 people dead – 546 injured. The deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in US history. Where was God… in Las Vegas? How was it fair for the people who lost their […]

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Running toward Thanksgiving

By Keri Vermeulen Sometime in September, most of us began thinking about what Thanksgiving is going to look like – the food, the table, the invite list, the laughter, the prayers of thanks. But this year, my Thanksgiving won’t be centred around a big table with a browned, basted turkey and all the trimmings. This […]

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Making the decision – to to move to a campus of care?

By Sharon Simpson As we tour seniors through our campus of care, we explain what is involved in the various levels of care that are available in our buildings. It generally takes time to cover how our health care system will help seniors and the potential benefits of living on a campus of care. For […]

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Behavioural finances

By Arnold Machel “…for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.”     Ecclesiastes 11:6 Imagine this. You receive a call offering you $200 to participate in a study just a block from your home and with a promise that it will not take […]

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The senior journey

By Lillianne Fuller Barring the onset of a catastrophic illness, chronic disease or dementia, seniors are living far more active lives than in the past. In their late 50’s and 60’s they are called Zoomers and their lifestyle differs greatly than that of their parents. Seniors are downsizing, pursuing different interests, and many are providing […]

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Reframing retirement

By Marion Van Driel Today’s unprecedented demographic of baby boomers are changing the definition of what it means to be a senior. They’re younger than their parents were at the same age. They are generally more active both physically and intellectually, seeking ways to contribute to society, to have a sense of purpose as they […]

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Personal experiences of loneliness

By Jenny Schweyer & Peter Biggs CLICK TO READ Part 1 in the series ‘Are you lonely?’   It was a particularly rough period in my life. Along with the everyday demands of raising three kids, my husband was dealing with some unexpected and stressful career challenges. Work was slow, bills were piling up and […]