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2 months ago

Cramming for retirement

Royce Shook · Failing to plan is planning to fail.” As cliché as it sounds, it’s a piece of advice that too many people are failing to act on especially when it comes to retirement. I speak from personal experience. I retired before I was ready and even though I had more than five years left b ...

2 months ago

What older Canadians have said about the use of cannabis:

Royce Shook ·  In the workshops we give on Health and Wellness to seniors in Canada, (because of ZOOM we are giving workshops in Edmonton, and Ottawa, not just in BC) many participants have asked us about the use of medical cannabis. So, about a month ago, I did some searching and came up with ...

3 months ago

Post from Jim Murray

Jim Murray · THE ELECTION NOBODY WANTS · The Canadian government has just called a snap election, and I can understand why. They know that the Conservatives don't really have their shit together, and the NDP is not as popular as it needs to be to win a majority. The general consensus among Ca ...

3 months ago

Residential School issue in Canada

Royce Shook · I received an email from my friend George about the Residential School issues that we as Canadians have not yet faced or dealt with in any substantial manner. There are those who don't want to face the reality of what we as a nation did and they are spreading misinformation via s ...

8 months ago

What to do?

Royce Shook · For those of us in Canada, there is a great deal of uncertainty about what we can do when we are vaccinated. In the U.S. the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines on March 8 for fully vaccinated individuals, saying they can safely meet indoors ...

9 months ago

Real Leaders Embrace Duality: The New 21st Century Leadership Competency

Jim Taggart · Our world is not black and white—the Manichaean view— when it comes to the wide array of interconnected issues and challenges facing those in leadership roles. Whether you’re a politician leading a developing country, the head of a multinational company or the owner of a small bu ...

9 months ago

Retiring Soon?

Royce Shook · The odds are that if you are retiring soon, (within the next 10 to 15 years) you have not saved enough money to fully retire with the lifestyle you are used to when you were working. Most older Americans and Canadians have not saved enough for retirement, but there are signs that ...

9 months ago

The Canadian Invasion Of The US Is Postponed Indefinitely

Jim Murray · There was a time, back in the early1970s, when Canadians looked upon the great land to the south and thought, yeah, we can take those pussies, all fat and happy like they are. They’d never know what hit them. · Besides they’re all distracted by all this spreading their brand of d ...

11 months ago

Frauds and Scams A to Z

Royce Shook · The frauds listed at this link have been compiled by the Federal Government of Canada and the list is intended as a navigational aide, not as a comprehensive or official list of all scams affecting Canadians. · To view the site and for more information on the Frauds and scams lis ...

1 year ago

A salute to a brave and modest Nation

Royce Shook · My friend George sent me this on Friday, it was written by Kevin Myers, The Sunday Telegraph, London. · Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan, probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region. · ...

1 year ago

COVID issues will last a long time

Royce Shook · COVID is causing great concern and in Canada, the government-issued Canadians impacted an emergency (Canada Emergency Response Benefit CERB)payment of $2,000 a month, The government is also looking very seriously at the concept of a guaranteed annual income and a major shift in h ...

1 year ago

Are we citizens or Tax Payers? Words matter

Royce Shook · I read the following by Norlaine Thomas and I thought I would share her rant: · So, I had a bit of a rant on Twitter today. Well, more than one, actually. Because the world is pissing me off a lot lately. But this one, I beg your indulgence. I think it is really important to all ...

1 year ago

Retirement a richly deserved break?

Royce Shook · Most of us in Canada dreamt about and looked ahead to retirement as a well-deserved rest after a lifetime of labour and we still do. For a long period, the dream was reality. In 1977, about 46% of all Canadians were covered by a registered pension plan (RPP). But time and practic ...

1 year ago

Coronavirus--where do I get good information?

Royce Shook · My friend Sylvia said this the other day when we were talking and I think it is something we need to consider as we make a decision about things being normal. The biggest challenge for me is that while I feel just fine, I cannot in good faith guarantee that I have not been in con ...

1 year ago

Do you take care of your grandkids?

Royce Shook · I have a friend that spends an inordinate, I think, time looking after is grandchildren not just from one of his children but both of them. He does not complain but sometimes he says he is tired and doesn’t know why. He attributes it to be older and to not being in good shape. I ...

1 year ago

Canadians’ retirement perceptions and behaviours 2

Royce Shook · The following is from a Morneau Shepell, newsletter. Morneau Shepell is the only human resources consulting and technology company that takes an integrated approach to employee well-being to meet health, benefits and retirement needs. · On July 27, 2018, a research study entitled ...

1 year ago

Canadians’ retirement perceptions and behaviours 1

Royce Shook · The following is from a Morneau Shepell, newsletter. Morneau Shepell is the only human resources consulting and technology company that takes an integrated approach to employee well-being to meet health, benefits and retirement needs · The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) an ...

1 year ago

The Concept of Healthy Aging

Royce Shook · According to the Canadian Institute of Health Research in a report on Healthy Ageing, healthy ageing is about creating the environments and opportunities that enable people to be and do what they value throughout their lives. · Being free of disease or infirmity is not a requirem ...

2 years ago

Ways to lower your blood pressure

Royce Shook · My wife was just given some medical news that required that she lower her blood pressure. I have been on blood pressure medication for a number of years. As we age, it is common to develop high blood pressure or hypertension. In fact, 53% of Canadians over the age of 60 have hype ...

2 years ago

Age-Well NCE Inc

Royce Shook · Have you ever heard of AGE-WELL NCE Inc.? I haven’t and I have been writing about senior issues for about 10 years and have been involved in creating and delivering workshops on senior health and wellness. I guess they are not promoting themselves to senior populations but only t ...

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