SENIORCENTRIC WEEK ENDING OCT 23, 2021

Scanning the globe for news by, for and about Senior Citizens

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Flu and COVID-19 vaccines safe to take in combination, infectious-diseases specialists say

Brian Conway, medical director of the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre.
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Experts say seniors should now receive booster shots against COVID-19

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Trudeau unveils Canada’s international COVID-19 vaccine passport 

Canada’s inflation rate hits highest level since 2003

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The Jason Kenney Poetry Project

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Back to work: Recent retiree job hunting as pension, government benefits come up short

Financial expert, seniors’ group says retiring becoming harder for most Canadians

Campbell Alexander isn’t living the retirement he envisioned.

The Winnipeg man, who retired about two years ago, is applying for seasonal gigs as part of an effort to make up a $500-600 monthly shortfall in the amount of money he says he and his wife need to live comfortably.

Alexander, 65, who just finished work for Elections Canada, doesn’t have his next part-time gig lined up yet, so he’s left with no choice but to cut his expenses.

His $1,500 combined monthly income from the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and a pension from 13 years as a civil servant simply isn’t enough to get by.

“It’s just general sacrifices. You don’t go out as much as you may have before. You can’t be as generous with family — grandchildren, for example. Christmas is always a bit of a challenge.”

The Canadian Association of Retired Persons, which has about 350,000 members, said less than 30 per cent of older Canadians have a pension. That leaves retirees to live off their savings, which are currently being affected by low interest rates.

“There’s a real fear,” Bill VanGorder, the association’s chief operating officer, said in an interview from Halifax.

“We did a survey of our CARP members and almost 40 per cent told us that they were afraid that they were going to outlive their money.”

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“Still risks involved with travel,” says Canada’s top doctor as blanket advisory lifted

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Simple tips could help more aging Canadians to live at home independently

Pay special attention on first and last step of stairs, occupational therapists say

People who are just starting to feel wobbly on their feet could benefit from making small changes to their home and behaviour to help them stay independent for as long as possible, Canadian experts say.  

Falls are the main cause of accidental death among people aged 65 and older. Making simple changes like adding coloured tape to the edge of stairs, or a grab bar in the bathtub to prevent a tumble could reduce the risk of falling.

Occupational therapists are the go-to health-care professionals to solve problems that interfere with someone’s ability to do activities like taking care of themselves and enjoying leisure activities, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) said in its 2021 report on the health workforce.

Marnie Courage, an occupational therapist in Winnipeg, suggests people may get a bigger bang for their renovation buck by focusing on safety in the bathroom. 

“The majority of these falls are happening in or around a bathroom.” Courage said in conversation with Dr. Brian Goldman, host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art and The Dose podcast. “Making modifications to a bathroom can have a huge impact on your function and safety.”

With the aging population, you may get that money back in the resale of your home, she said.

Courage answered audience questions on preventing and recovering from falls in the home such as how to adjust to wearing bifocals when climbing stairs, why a single handrail doesn’t cut it and why walking is a well-rounded way to keep up the strength and balance we need to prevent falls.

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