While there are plenty of reasons for hearing individuals to learn sign language, the reality is many people lose their hearing over time, either through natural aging processes, undiagnosed medical issues, or trauma. Dr. Melissa Wikoff and husband Josh Wikoff have set out on an important mission: help people maintain and improve their hearing.
Here is the intro to one of the very best TED interviews I have had the pleasure of watching.
In the 1970s (and decades following), TV producer Norman Lear touched the lives of millions with culture-altering sitcoms like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Good Times, pushing the boundaries of the era and giving a prime time voice to under-represented Americans. He is now 93. In an intimate, smart conversation with Eric Hirshberg, he shares with humility and humor how his early relationship with “the foolishness of the human condition” shaped his life and creative vision.
Marie Villeza of ElderImpact contacted me recently. ElderImpact has the mission of encouraging seniors to continue making their mark on the world. Continue reading “Resources to get the maximum out of life”
7 habits to help you age happily is a very worthwhile article in the Telegraph. It is written by Miriam Akhtar, who is a psychologist who specialises in Positive Ageing. In the article, she shares her tips to age healthily and happily.
She points out that little is ever written about the other side of ageing – the advantages of later life, the gains that range from wisdom and confidence to wealth. It’s true that the body is getting weaker but the sense of who you are and what’s important to you gets stronger with age. As the French say: “je suis bien dans ma peau” – I feel good in my skin. Continue reading “Seven habits to help you age happily”
The New York Times suggests that given the need that seniors have for human contact, this can nevertheless be fulfilled by other modern technology. Thankfully someone writing to the editor has pointed out the importance of human contact.
That is easy to say but can mean real challenges for whoever will provide that contact. The infographic below highlights the challenges and is a worthwhile read for anyone who is a caregiver or who needs a caregiver. Continue reading “The challenges that caregivers face”
You may have noticed in the sidebar a small advertisement that looks like the image to the right. This is for Google Contributor which has now gone live after running for a time on an invitation basis to certain publishers. We received notice of this via the AdSense newsletter on November 5. It certainly would be handy to be receiving more revenue as a result of this initiative. Continue reading “This blog now shows Contributor advertisements”
In the intense scrutiny that the Duffy trial is receiving during this pre-election campaign period, a very important report surfaced that has not received the attention it should. It concerns a Finance Canada review of Canada’s retirement system, that says Canada scores poorly among OECD countries. CBC News obtained a heavily censored copy of the internal document under the Access to Information Act. They published a summary with the title Document raises questions about Harper retirement policies. It makes for very chilling reading for Canadian seniors. Continue reading “Seniors are beggared to give PM Harper his balanced budget”
With so many living longer, it is important to do the right things that will give you a full and fulfilling life. Eating right and exercising are key activities in that plan. Even more fundamental is ensuring your finances don’t run out before you are ready to go. The infographic below provides some important considerations that you should take into account. Continue reading “Live long, live well”
A new type of dual treatment for addiction involves treating a patient’s underlying mental disorders. A prime example is soldiers returning from combat suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who drink or use drugs to escape the symptoms of PTSD. Due to the complex nature of the process of diagnosing mental disorders while treating addiction, it’s important for patients to look for the appropriate help. Continue reading “Treating Underlying Mental Disorders”
All seniors will be delighted to see the headline that is appearing today: Pharmacare national prescription drug program gains support. It’s widely supported in the medical community, but has not yet caught fire with Canadians at large. The concept is very straightforward: pharmacare, a national program that would see prescription drugs covered through a publicly funded system rather than out of pocket. Continue reading “Time For A Canada Prescription Drug Plan”