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As workers age, robots are taking over more jobs worldwide. Based on demographic and industry data from 60 countries, a new study found a strong link between ageing workforces and adoption of robots

Daron Acemoglu, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
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Stay at Home! Strategies for High Quality Aging in Community

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Alberta woman wants answers after mom dies at Calgary AgeCare facility stricken with COVID-19

‘She was neglected and she died earlier than she should have,’ said Elizabeth Hertz of her mother, Grace Ansley

A Bragg Creek resident is seeking answers after alleging a Calgary facility did not provide her mother with the basics of care at the end of her life.

Elizabeth Hertz said her 103-year-old mom, Grace Ansley, was transferred to AgeCare Midnapore from the Oilfields General Hospital on Aug. 9. Ansley died less than a month later on Sept. 6.

A COVID-19 outbreak put three units at the southeast Calgary facility on lockdown, including the one Ansley had moved into only the previous day. Ansley tested positive for the virus Aug. 24. Hertz said she was shocked to see her mother’s condition and the care provided by staff when she went to the facility for end-of-life visitations.

“She was neglected and she died earlier than she should have. There are so many issues,” Hertz said.

“I can see why they got COVID through the building there when I saw how they were behaving, and how they missed things. It was crazy. I just couldn’t see how they were going to keep it contained with what they were doing. My mom was sharing a room with a non-COVID resident, which I’ll never be able to get my head around.”

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Saskatchewan Health Authority taking over operations of long-term care homes run by Extendicare

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Family blindsided after marketing company, funeral home cash in on father’s obituary

Marketing firm removes sales links, doubles the money it charged and donates it to family’s cause

Before pancreatic cancer took his life in April, John Rothwell made his dying wishes clear: if mourners wanted to donate to a cause in his name, the money should go to an educational fund he and his family set up.

Instead, family and friends unwittingly paid for a product that puts money into the pockets of companies profiting from grief, says his son.

“It’s really alarming,” Nathan Rothwell, 36, of Toronto told Go Public.

“My family felt taken advantage of. We were obviously in a pretty vulnerable situation, anybody who’s lost somebody they love knows that.”

Rothwell knew the obituary would be on the website of the Mackey Funeral Home in Lindsay, Ont., so he made sure it included a request for mourners to consider donating to the educational fund, in lieu of flowers. 

What no one told the family is that Frontrunner — a Kingston, Ont.,-based marketing company that runs the funeral home’s website and many others across the country — uses obituaries to sell what it calls “memorial” trees and other products.  

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C.A.R.P. Webinar The Risk of Longevity – We will outlive our Money?

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‘It’s never too late’: the Australian woman who earned a law degree aged 75

Joan Oliver says she always wanted to study and, despite concerns ageism could hinder her finding work, ‘life’s too short to be wondering what if?’

The year Joan Oliver was born, Robert Menzies was prime minister, the median price of a house in Sydney was $1,125 and there were just 6,239 women enrolled in university courses in Australia.

In 1949, higher education was mainly for men – wealthy, white men.

Oliver had always wanted the opportunity to study and now, at 75 years old, she has just completed a law degree from Victoria University.

“I’m really happy that I’ve done it, completed it,” she told Guardian Australia. “It was a big job but it’s done and dusted. Now I think: what am I going to do now?”

At 13 Oliver’s mother pulled her out of school and got her a job in a dressing gown factory, covering buttons. She hated it.

“My mother was one of the old-fashioned mothers: ‘Education is for boys, not girls, because girls are just going to get married and have children. So what’s the point in education?’” Oliver said.

“I didn’t want to leave school. For some reason l liked school. I always wanted to do more. I figured there had to be more to life than this.”

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2021 Ambassadors Program – What’s Ahead for Seniors’ Healthcare with John R. McDougall

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The Lobster Lady: Staying the Course at 101

Rockland, Maine, is a charming New England city nestled along the Atlantic Coast. Visitors are enchanted by the opportunities to sail aboard a windjammer, explore the Maine Lighthouse Museum, and enjoy local seafood. It’s a lifestyle that Rockland’s 7,000 residents have embraced for years, but perhaps none more so than 101-year-old Virginia Oliver, the oldest, licensed lobster fisherman in the world.

Oliver was born and raised in Rockland. She’s known to some as “Ginny.” But to most people, she’s affectionately called “The Lobster Lady.” This centenarian has been sailing the seas since she was 8 years old, and she doesn’t have any plans to slow down.

Oliver, the Lobster Lady, and her son Max, 78, go lobstering three days every week. Oliver told Growing Bolder she wakes up at 4 a.m. on the days she heads out to sea. She captains her own 30-foot boat, named Virginia, which is perhaps as recognizable to locals as the Lobster Lady herself. She says she never gets seasick, even on the roughest seas.

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