Archive for 'Informational'

Death & Taxes Part 1

Death & Taxes Part 1

Courtesy of Janet Baccarani & Jennifer Black from DFS Private Wealth.

Tax season can be a challenge at the best of times – but, what if it’s following the loss of partner or spouse? What then?

Widows and widowers can face a variety of distinct issues come tax time. Memories are revived and emotions can come to the forefront again. And, then there’s the reality dealing with the numbers and the numerous questions that can go along with them.

Frequently asked ...

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Death & Taxes Part 3

Death & Taxes Part 3

Courtesy of Janet Baccarani & Jennifer Black from DFS Private Wealth.

In our continuing series of blogs examining “Death and Taxes”, we turn our attention to beneficiary designations on your RRSP or RRIF.

When your spouse has died, you may need to change the beneficiary designation on your RRSP or RRIF.

Two approaches to beneficiary designations

The designation approach that generally makes the most sense is naming a new beneficiary on the plan application form itself.
In a case where you wish to ...

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Real Estate for the 50 Plus

Real Estate for the 50 Plus

Courtesy of Gwen Price from Royal LePage North Heritage Realty, Brokerage.

Over the age of 50 and considering selling the family home?

You need a REALTOR® with senior experience, knowledge and marketing savvy.

Those qualities, along with a special knowledge of managing the sale of a home for those over the age of 50, are what SRES® designees can bring to your next real estate transaction.

SRES® designees are certified senior specialists and astute to the financial and emotional challenges ...

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Adult Children & The Death of a Parent: Four Educational Evenings

Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region Presents:


ADULT CHILDREN & THE DEATH OF A PARENT:
FOUR EDUCATIONAL EVENINGS TO HELP PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE

APRIL 16, 2012
HOW TO START THE CONVERSATION
Judith Wahl, Executive Director of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
Will speak on Advance Care Planning, Power of Attorney and the importance of having frank discussions with your parents.

APRIL 23, 2012
CAREGIVER BURNOUT & COMMUNITY
Eugene Dufour, Hospice Palliative Care Consultant
Learn the signs and ...

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From our families to yours…

From our families to yours…

As we near the end of another year, we often reflect to the past, to loved ones missed, memories made and to the promise of the future.

From all of us at Widowed.ca, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season, filled with joy, laughter and most of all, peace.

We look forward to the hope of a new year, may yours be blessed with love of family and friends.

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There’s No Way I Can Downsize

There’s No Way I Can Downsize

Courtesy of Gordon’s Estate Services. Downsizing or making a major move can be overwhelming. There is so much to think about:  the sale of your home, organizing finances, cleaning, sorting, packing and sometimes most importantly, choosing what to take with you. Despite everything that needs to be managed, the number one concern time and time again is, “what will happen to my things?”

Everyone tends to collect things over the course of their life. If you are moving from your ...

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A Message from a Widower…

A Message from a Widower…

A message from a Widowed.ca user…feel free to share your comments and advice.

Firstly, thank you for this site. I can’t believe I haven’t come across your site in the past but my search today brought me to you.

My name is Garth. I have been a widower now for almost 10 years, hard to believe it’s been that long!!! I lost my wife to two bouts with Breast Cancer in March 2002, Lauire was in her 32nd ...

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Memory and Aging

Memory and Aging

An interesting article forwarded by Marion Bishop from Thornbrook Home Care Inc..

10 Ways You Get Smarter as You Get Older
By Annie Murphy Paul
From the May 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine

It’s true that as you get older, your brain’s processing speed begins to slow, and your memory may occasionally short out, says Margaret Gatz, PhD, professor of psychology, gerontology, and preventive medicine at the University of Southern California. But researchers have recently made some surprising discoveries ...

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10 Senior Mealtime Challenges

10 Senior Mealtime Challenges

Courtesy of Scott Johnson from HomeInstead Senior Care.

You probably instinctively know that your elderly loved one is facing obstacles when it comes to enjoying healthy meals. There may be more than you think. Research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care® network reveals 10 mealtime challenges that could impact senior health.

The following percentages refer to the number of seniors who believe these are challenges for older people who live alone. After each are tips for how to make the ...

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Breadwinner;Caregiver;Mother;Widow

Breadwinner;Caregiver;Mother;Widow

Courtesy of Jennifer Black, Founder of Widowed.ca

The stressful demands of juggling a full-time career and being caregiver to both children and elderly parents are becoming commonplace for women in the “Sandwich Generation”.

While sons and daughters may be attending and/or just completing their post-secondary education, they are still children requiring their parent’s attention, emotional and financial support. Meanwhile, elderly parents are now relying more on their family caregiver for assistance with everything from daily care to transportation ...

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