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1 year ago

What is Old?

Royce Shook · I have asked this question before are you old, a senior, a Zoomer or a Boomer. I was struck by how we use the word old or elder when we were examining some of our workshop material. The word old, with its connotations of deterioration and obsolescence, doesn’t capture the many di ...

1 year 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 ...

1 year ago

Town Hall on Seniors issues

Royce Shook · I recently went to a Town Hall of Senior's Issues, and I thought the event was interesting as it addressed many of the topics I talk about here. So I thought I would share my notes. · ISSUES RAISED BY THE MP · Seniors caregivers and family are going to their MPs and MLA’S for as ...

2 years ago

Initiatives to reduce isolation 2

Royce Shook · Governments funding of programs for seniors is not enough, which means many of the programs are underutilized because of a lack of awareness. These services move frequently and change service providers who have to promote their services and when they do they change the name so se ...

2 years ago

Initiatives to reduce isolation 1

Royce Shook · Supporting transportation initiatives · It is important that all levels of government support and develop transportation accessibility initiatives targeted to seniors. If we increase the availability of transportation alternatives to seniors, particularly rural seniors, we can re ...

2 years ago

Intervention programs aimed at reducing social isolation

Royce Shook · I have been serving on a committee that is focused on reducing isolation and loneliness in my town. The work is slow and difficult but very rewarding. There are many groups addressing this issue in the larger community and they all believe they are doing a good job. One of the is ...

2 years ago

Visiting a person with Dementia or a brain injury

Royce Shook · How to make your visit a great source of support for someone living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. · “Conversing, engaging, digging from the past and incorporating it into a conversation is one of the best brain exercises you can get. · The sad part is that there is a good ...

2 years ago

More on social isolation

Royce Shook · While there are many things that can put us at risk to become socially isolated, there are also other things that can help to ensure that we remain socially engaged. Protective factors, traits, situations or circumstances like these can help us to socially integrate and reduce th ...

3 years ago

The 5th and 6th Frauds used against seniors

Royce Shook · The fraud artists are merciless and without conscience. Victims of these cheaters are so embarrassed to admit they have been so gullible that they refuse to report what happened to them. The cheaters count on this. Don’t forget that you what happened to you probably has happened ...

3 years ago

Are you and Elder, Senior or Old?

Royce Shook · Those were the days, my friend. We were · young and gave no thought to growing old. As · my generation grows older we still are fighting the idea that we are growing old. There is an attempt by many to change the way we refer to people of a certain age. Older, Elder, Senior, whic ...

4 years ago

Learning Music as a Boomer/Senior

Royce Shook · We were deep in conversation, about this and that and the discussion drifted to music and creating music. I was asked how my son and his band were doing, and then the questions became focused on the skills involved in creating music, one of the questions asked was “how do people ...

4 years ago

A challenge

Royce Shook · I was thinking about the fact that I have some very close friends, who I have known for a while. Social Connectedness is a big concern for seniors and many people as they age begin to feel isolated, as family and friends leave or die. · It is easy to say just make some new friend ...

4 years ago

Ageing Well

Royce Shook · Recommendations for action: Ageing Well by Peggy Edwards, Consultant on Ageing at the Council for Senior Citizens Conference 2016 · You can learn more at this website: http://grandmothersadvocacy.org/ · 1. Combat stereotypes of seniors and aging in our culture and inform people ...

5 years ago

Are you a Boomer or a Senior?

Royce Shook · Boomers have always seen themselves as a unique group, we try to defy labels that define us by age or by any other term. The early boomers have reached 70 years and we see the it as the new 50. A friend of mine said that his doctor told him that a 70-year-old today is healthier t ...

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