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1 month ago

Women, retirement, and the Pandemic

Royce Shook · According to a story written by Kelly LaVigne, J.D. Vice President, Advanced Markets, Allianz Life the Pandemic has changed women’s views on retirement. · As some of the biggest impacts from the pandemic fade, women are indeed slowly returning to the workforce, but new data indic ...

2 months ago

Three pillar approach to retirement

Royce Shook · Governments the world over are struggling to cope as the number of people who are retiring grows. Not only are more people retiring, but we are living longer, and we are just coming out of a Pandemic which will slow economic growth. According to one study, indexing benefits and re ...

6 months ago

Is Local Employment Becoming Irrelevant?

Renée 🐝 Cormier · Ah, the laptop lifestyle! · Since the pandemic, an increasing number of companies are opting to hire remote employees to work for them. Some careers lend themselves to that scenario more easily than others. My work in marketing communications is easily done remotely and so, techn ...

8 months ago

Be Kinder

Royce Shook · As individuals, we struggle every day to cope with the restrictions that we accepted to fight the Pandemic. However, as a society, we haven’t yet come close to reckoning with the impact this new (sur)reality has had on our collective mental health, and the long-term effects on fr ...

8 months ago

Our new normal

Royce Shook · COVID, the illness, and the restrictions put in place because of it caused many of us to rethink our values, our attitudes, and our life choices. A year ago, we were forced to change because of this Pandemic. We were told that we would be in it for the long haul, very few of us b ...

10 months ago

Time Passages

Royce Shook · We are still in the middle of the second wave of the Pandemic. Isolating is the norm and conversations with friends are done via phone, or by Facetime, or ZOOM. However, a vaccine is on the way, but until then, finding things to do that are interesting is becoming time-consuming, ...

1 year ago

Grieving in the time of COVID

Royce Shook · Grieving in the time of COVID. I have discussed the issue of grief many times, but our current pandemic is causing people problems with grieving. So far (September 3, 2020) COVID-19 has caused more than 894,000 deaths to date and left several million people mourning since the vir ...

1 year ago


Royce Shook · Happy Canada Day to all who live in this wonderful country. The Pandemic is still with us as we approach a new normal and we are unsure of what will bring us together and what may tear us apart. However, there are · always issues that can separate us, but we still are lucky to li ...

1 year ago

Yolds and expectations

Royce Shook · As yolds we are not just any group of old people, we are challenging the traditional expectations of the retired as people that will disrupt consumer, service, and financial markets. · We are one of the fastest-growing groups of customers of the airline business. We are vital to ...

1 year ago

Stages of Grief: Denial

Royce Shook · In this Pandemic a lot of people are facing the death of loved ones, loss of jobs or many other life events that cause grieving. Over the years I have talked about grief and most of my discussions have been based on the ideas of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a Swiss-American psychiatris ...

1 year ago


Royce Shook · In the time of the Pandemic, we self-isolated or quarantined ourselves, which we needed to do. My question is how did you spend your day. I found that my routine did not change that much, and in some ways, I found that comforting and daunting.  · I wake up at 8:17 to the alarm, w ...

1 year ago

Personal Planning in a Pandemic

Royce Shook · We are in the middle of a Pandemic and we don’t know when we will see a new “normal” or what that will even look like. Seniors (those of us over the age of 60) are at higher risk of complications and death due to this new disease. We are also at risk every time the flu season com ...

1 year ago

Every day is a blessing

Royce Shook · Reading the reports that are coming out of the USA are scary. These are not the reports of the Pandemic, but the response to the ideas of physical isolation needed to protect people and save lives, that some on the right are putting out. · ”TV and radio personality Glenn Beck is ...

1 year ago

Is it time for a do over?

Royce Shook ·  What if today you could wipe the slate clean, start over, and write your own ticket? The Pandemic is giving us that opportunity.  Shops have boarded-up windows. Restaurants that were staples in my neighbourhood appear permanently closed. It takes one hour to get groceries, and I ...

1 year ago

When Business Leadership Fails during a Pandemic

Jim Taggart · Elderly people cowering in their cars, too scared to enter the grocery store because of the huge crowds of panicked shoppers who clean out many shelves, from cleaning products to toilet paper to non-perishable foods. · Individuals buying up cleaning products, only to turn around ...

3 years ago

Pandemic Flu 100 years ago

Royce Shook · The ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong, so starts the story at the Conversation.com  written by Richard Gunderman,  Chancellor's Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, Indiana University. · I like many ...

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