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Alzheimer’s – How much do you know?

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading form of dementia among older people, 1 in 11 Canadians over the age of 65 currently has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. It is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, which causes thinking and memory to become seriously impaired. Symptoms can include loss of memory, judgment and reasoning, and changes in mood, behaviour and communication abilities.  While there is no current cure for Alzheimer’s and current treatments cannot stop the progression, treatments have ...

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Becoming Heart Healthy…

Keep Your Heart Healthy Through Fitness

Exercise is one of the best ways to lower the risk of developing heart disease. Before making changes to a diet or adding exercise, always talk to your doctor first. Be sure to ask about medications, the ability to lift heavy objects and what exercises are safe for you.  Partner up and get active with a friend or family member, couple your new exercise regime with heart healthy eating.  You can find great tips and ...

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Canada Pension Plan Survivor Benefits

(Information courtesy of Service Canada)

Canada Pension Plan survivor benefits are paid to a deceased contributor’s estate, surviving spouse or common-law partner and dependent children. There are three types of benefits:

The Canada Pension Plan death benefit is a one-time, lump-sum payment made to the deceased contributor’s estate. If there is no estate, the person responsible for the funeral expenses, the surviving spouse or common-law partner or the next of kin may be eligible, in that order.

The Canada Pension Plan ...

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Peace of Mind – Reasons to Choose a Professional Mover?

By Nadia Kalnieva – S & Sons Moving and Packing, Toronto ON

Scaling down or moving from your family home is no small task. It too is an inevitable fact of life as we age, and move on to next stages. Studies have shown that we Canadians can move anywhere from 5 to 12 times in our lifetime. Not surprising, moving ranks as one of the most stressful events in life, yet we do it. With this important transition, it’s essential ...

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Long Term Care Planning: What Is It and Why Should I Care?

By Karen Henderson

We all take delight in planning for vacations and holiday celebrations but when it comes to planning for old age, we literally run the other way. Aging and death only happen to other people, and therefore we don’t need to talk about it – at least not yet. Why is this?

  • Canadians have an attitude of entitlement; I am a taxpayer and therefore the government is responsible for caring for me in my old age
  • It won’t happen to me
  • My ...

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  • January is Alzheimer Awareness Month

    Courtesy of Alzheimer Society of Canada

    An online survey of baby boomers across Canada conducted by the Alzheimer Society reveals a worrying lack of awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

    Survey results show that an astonishing 23 per cent of boomers can’t name any of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, even though their risk doubles every five years after age 65.

    Of those surveyed, 50 per cent identified memory loss as a key symptom, but failed to mention other critical signs.

    “Boomers are their own ...

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    Planning for the unexpected…

    Whether you have been through an unexpected loss or have assisted someone close who has gone through a difficult time, we all know there are many decisions that will need to be made.   Checklists and speaking with professionals, such as your lawyer or financial advisor will help with some of these.  To prevent some of the added stress we should all take a few minutes every so often to review your finances, and consider what would happen at the death of your spouse ...

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    Widowed.ca welcomes Equity Trends Inc.!

    14 Rayside Drive
    Etobicoke, ON M9C 1S6

    Contact: Douglas Craig
    Phone: 416-432-0141

    Equity Trends Inc. a Toronto based company,  which specializes in business valuation and financial consulting. Douglas Craig along with a large network of professional and business advisers provide assistance and financial solutions to small and medium sized business.

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    Helping a Newly Bereaved Person…

    Excerpts and very useful tips from an article by John Kennedy Saynor, Genenis Bereavement Resources

    WHAT DOESN’T HELP?

    Avoiding the bereaved

    It may seem obvious that if you want to help, you don’t avoid. People use all sorts of excuses: “I don’t know what to say”, “I didn’t know them that well” or “I may upset them if I break down”.  Meanwhile the bereaved are saying, “Where are all the people I thought were going to help?”

    Being afraid to shed tears with the bereaved

    Oddly ...

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    CARP Guest Speaker – Founder of Widowed.ca, Jennifer Black

    Please join Jennifer Black, founder of Widowed.ca at her next speaking engagement for an informative evening at CARP’s January 2011 monthly community meeting.
     
    CARP presents information for those of all ages who are thinking of retiring, planning to retire, about to retire, already retired and those helping friends, parents, grand-parents 
     
    CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to a ‘New Vision of Aging for Canada’.
     
    Event is FREE to CARP Members, their Guests and the Curious

     

    LOCATION 

    Origin Evergreen Complex
    810 Scollard Court, Mississauga
    (west side of Mavis just ...

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