Author: Joanne Richard

Lyn Slater – an Instagram Fashion Influencer

By Joanne Richard. Don’t let anyone tell you that social media influencing is for the young and wrinkle-free. Spirited, fashion-forward, hashtag-savvy 60-plus-year-olds are becoming online celebrities and enjoying the fame, and for some the fortune. Age is not a barrier to expressing oneself – especially on social media. Active agers galore are sharing their energy…
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Excerpts from the Wills Lawyers

By Joanne Richard. If there’s one thing that can cause major family friction, it’s the topic of money – and, in particular, wills. Families feuds are legendary when inheritances are involved. “Wills are contentious to families because so many children feel an entitlement to mom and dad’s hard earned money” Two experienced wills and estate…
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Companion robots for older people

By Joanne Richard. Social isolation is worsening and detrimental to seniors’ health. Dr. Nancy Jecker embraces robot companions as an answer for the aging and loneliness in the age of AI. “Companion robots can help the elderly age in place better and longer” Companion robots can help the elderly age in place better and longer,…
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How to prepare an aging brain to re-enter the workforce

By Joanne Richard. Canadians of all ages are feeling the impacts of the pandemic outbreak but older workers have been particularly hit hard in the accompanying economic downturn. “Older workers are likely to be more experienced, more costly, and therefore at greater risk…” According to AARP research, since the onset of COVID-19, workers 55 and…
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Getting your Will done

By Joanne Richard. The pandemic has produced a rise in estate planning and wills. Some people are no longer putting off ’til tomorrow what they can do today. “People are very worried about getting sick and possibly unexpectedly passing away, leaving a nightmare for their loved ones” “I have been getting so many calls and…
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5 ways seniors can cope with uncertainty during COVID-19

By Joanne Richard. Spring is here and what’s certain is that warm weather and sunshine will replace the dark days of winter. “Your brain wants to know what’s around the next corner so it can keep you out of harm’s way.” While sunnier days beckon, uncertainty lingers as the pandemic and intermittent lockdowns continue to…
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Senior trailblazers who took the road less travelled

By Joanne Richard. March is a great month to celebrate women of all ages – from change-makers and trailblazers to entrepreneurs and women who live out their dream jobs. “I found it invigorating being the only woman in the room” International Women’s Day is March 8 and let’s honour women who pave the way for…
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Fighting ageism with Ashton Applewhite

By Joanne Richard. The coronavirus outbreak hasn’t worsened ageism – instead it’s magnified our harmful ageist culture that has gone unchallenged for far too long, activist Ashton Applewhite tells Custodia. And that exposure is a good thing: “The crisis has brought age, aging and oldness out of the dark corners and into the centre of…
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Why getting a “pandemic puppy” for seniors might be not the best choice

Once life goes back to normal and people are getting out again and returning to work, there could be some post-COVID pet regret along with our new best furry friends facing a lot of unfamiliar alone time. Pandemic puppy purchases may be in the moment, but pet ownership is a long-term commitment. Puppy demand is…
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