August 6, 2019

Good health, social connections and financial security all contribute to a good quality later life. Meaningful work (paid or unpaid as a volunteer) contributes to all of these. Not only is work important financially but it is also important for social connections, prov...

July 2, 2019

I recently had an opportunity to give a presentation titled ‘Creative Aging Across Generations’ at the Art of Ageing forum in Welland, Ontario ( In that presentation, I spoke about ageism, creative aging, connecting generations and the interse...

March 27, 2019

Exactly one year ago, March 27th, 2018, I gave my first presentation under the auspices of my new formed company, Kaleidoscope Consulting. The talk was to launch the Hamilton Council on Aging’s ‘You’re Never Too Old’ campaign.

How well I remember that day and my rattlin...

December 6, 2018

And so…….just like that, in the blink of an eye…….it is almost one year since I left the Centre for Elder Research.

I struggled with the decision to leave Sheridan College, vacillating between pros and cons for about two years and, in the end, I was still ambivalent abo...

October 1, 2018

There are two things I know for sure. One is that having supportive friendships as we age is a strong predictor of well-being. The second is that one of the most pressing issues facing older adults in contemporary society is finding ways to become or remain socially in...

August 14, 2018

 I have just returned home after participating in the International Federation on Ageing's (IFA) Global Conference in Toronto, Ontario. I was pleased to be invited by the federal government (Canada) to present, as part of a panel, a talk about ageism and barriers to la...

July 2, 2018

My husband and I spent Canada Day with some of our closest friends. We have been friends with these two couples for many, many years. We have been there for each other through both good and  bad, at times helping each other to navigate difficult periods and, at others,...

March 22, 2018

Ziplining in Costa Rica 2013 (Above Photo)

Following a rewarding 25-year career at Sheridan College, in the fall of 2017, I made the decision to leave Sheridan to explore new adventures. It isn’t easy to leave a place you love and people with whom you love to work but I...

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