Many of we ‘Boomers’ find ourselves aiding our parents in our own pre-retirement and retirement years and, for the most part, these duties approach slowly and with manageable demands; well for the most part! Usually they increase over time with the increased age and reduced physical and cognitive acuity of our loved ones that normally accompanies old age.
Like most of you, I have attended more funerals this year than I thought imaginable. In my case, it is not that I consider attending them a burden; I am pleased to extend my condolences and attempt to lift the bereaved a bit by sharing in their suffering and loss. What I mean to say is that I have attended more funerals already this year than I attended all of last year, and there are 5 months to go in 2018!
I don’t know about you, but as I age and experience more aches and pains etc., and how my body responds to demands simply defies my logic. I mean, I don’t feel one bit older on the ‘inside’! The truth is that all of us will experience reduced physical vitality as we age. While it is always wise to take good care of ourselves, as we age it’s even more important to be proactive about our health. The Cole’s notes:
Ok, not every older driver is but… you’d be surprised to learn that drivers over the age of 65 are among the best insurance risks of all licensed drivers. I know, any one of us can recall seeing an elder driver narrowly avoid an accident or be oblivious to the one that they almost caused due to there apparent absent mindedness. I wonder though whether we have a broad enough sample size of all aged drivers to fairly access our critique against all aged drivers. Here is what I mean.
It’s obvious to most anyone, that older adults want to stay at home and be independent for as long as possible, yet sometimes they will require external help and care in some form. If you want to consider a promising business idea, you might want to size up the opportunity represented by our aging population for doing just that – providing various forms of home-care. Why? Because the expected demand for home-care services and support will increase exponentially over the next 30 years!
Its an election year for at least two levels of government; Provincial and Municipal! The timing is perfect for a public dialogue on the future of all social policy in support of elders. The recent 2016 census profiled stark realities confronting governments in our rapidly aging society. In times past, when our demographics radically shifted, our Federal and Provincial governments responded with tangible, appropriate action and support. In the baby boom era more schools, hospitals and community parks were erected and baby bonuses were established.
As we are now into a new year, and the making of new years’ resolutions, I thought I’d invite all of us to make one more; to hold a healthy, better understanding of how great it is to be growing older! I recently read an article of a similar nature penned by a Registered Dietician. After reflecting on his humorous perception on aging, I thought I would offer my take on the subject. The truth is, old age is no laughing matter.
I take pleasure in dispelling the myth being spread by a major car insurance provider about the emerging dangers presented by a growing and greying population of Canadian drivers to all of our safety on the road. Their supposition is nothing more than unadulterated bigotry and active ageism - my opinion. In fairness to the good work that they do in other insurance related categories, I won’t name them.
While my focus in this column is upon elders, here is an issue that can and does impact people of all ages. I can’t seem to find Canadian statistics but in the US, more than 230,000 people are sent to the ER each year specifically due to an injury sustained while bathing, showering, or using the bathroom facilities, and yes, most of them are elderly!
The 2016 Census Canada data is out. Among the discoveries not often spoken about is the number of elders aging while living alone.