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3 months ago

Transitions can be fun

Royce Shook · "Why did the middle-aged man switch to reading glasses? Because he wanted to see his future more clearly." · "Why did the old man start knitting? He wanted to unravel the mysteries of aging." · "What do you call an old man who's lost his sense of direction? A senior moment naviga ...

1 year ago

A research review of seniors, isolation, and best practices in service provision

Royce Shook · There is no doubt that while the need for and benefits of social connections and inclusion are clear for seniors, there are considerations in providing services to this group. A literature review that was part of a study on seniors and the impacts of leisure activity12 highlighte ...

2 years ago

Housing Options for Seniors

Royce Shook · A great resource for those who are retiring and are thinking of changing where they live is a resource called the Housing Options for Seniors. This publication was produced by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and written by Holly Robinson, Associate Staff Direct ...

2 years ago

A study of ageing

Royce Shook · Linda Outcalt is a research assistant with the UVic site for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) and a recent Interdisciplinary Studies graduate. Her doctoral dissertation, Aged by Popular Culture, examined how “perceptions of age and ageing are shaped by Western medi ...

3 years ago

The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging

Royce Shook · The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA) is one of the world’s longest-running studies on aging. It began in 1958 and continues to date. For this study, researchers enrol participants age 20 or older and monitor them for life. Participants undergo an extensive battery of ...

3 years ago

The new normal and senior recreation centers

Royce Shook · I am President of an association that in part plays an advisory role to our Recreational Department in our city. Our city like many has closed its Recreational Centers to senior programs. This closure was done out an ambulance of caution. The issue for me is that the longer we ar ...

4 years ago

What do I need to consider when retiring?

Royce Shook · There are three phases of retirement and I have discussed them but here are a few things you’ll have to pay attention to as you move to and through your stages of retirement: · Life expectancy. · The average life expectancy for those reaching age 65 in Canada is increasing and ...

4 years ago

Isolation and loneliness at any time of year

Royce Shook · The concept of social isolation is complex and overlaps with other associated ideas such as loneliness, social vulnerability, social inclusion and exclusion, social connectedness, and social capital. · Social isolation is commonly defined as a low quantity and quality of contact ...

4 years ago

Phases of Retirement Phase 1

Royce Shook · As we move through the three phases of retirement there are three broad categories that are considered, in the National Framework on Aging, as the three “pillars of seniors’ wellness”. They are: · 1) Health, wellness and security, which includes health and wellness, safety and s ...

5 years ago

The Fountain of Youth

Royce Shook · If there ever was a generation who would put every resource known to man against the challenge of defeating aging, it would be my generation. · Of course, the deeply rooted desire in humans to stop or turn back the aging process is as old as time itself. · We have ample evidence ...

5 years ago

Coping With Anger About Aging

Royce Shook · Most of the people I associate with, are happy people and accepting of the age we are, but some people that I have come across in the last while are or appear to be, angry at the fact they are getting old. I thought about this and came to the realization that they were going thro ...

6 years ago

Social Isolation of Seniors Part 2

Royce Shook · Social isolation is: “less social contact than someone wishes, causing loneliness or other emotional distress” In “normal” ageing, a senior’s social circle may grow smaller due to: · • Illness or disability · • Loss of spouse or friends – more than 6% of Canadians over the age of ...

6 years ago

Are Priorities Shifting Among Retirees?

Royce Shook · A recent survey from the National Council on Aging (NCOA), UnitedHealthcare and USA TODAY shows seniors' perspectives on aging and what concerns them has involved to include the importance of seniors connections with community and family to maintain a strong quality of life.  · T ...

6 years ago

Making a successful transition from worker to retiree

Royce Shook · I have been retired for 11 years, but this is an issue that haunted me for eight years before I was able to make this transition. It is not easy if you do not plan and follow some simple rules that were put together by Dr Len Kaye, the director of the Center on Aging and Professo ...

6 years ago

Seniors' perspectives on ageing in the United States

Royce Shook · I wonder if this ( Two-thirds of seniors believe it to be “very easy” or “somewhat easy” to pay their monthly living expenses more than half are “somewhat” to “very concerned” about whether their savings and income will be sufficient to last them for the rest of their life.)  w ...

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