The 100-year life is here
The 100-year life isn’t a vision of the future. It is already here. There are almost 10,000 Canadian centenarians according to the last census. Eighty-five-year-olds are the fastest-growing age group and there are now more people aged 65 or older than there are children.
Demographics and Ageism Contribute to Labour Shortage in Canada
Top Sixty Over Sixty partnered with @mediaplanetCA on the Empowering Aging Canadians campaign to highlight the prevalence of ageism in the workplace and how it is a contributing factor to the labour shortage in Canada today.
How younger and older workers benefit each other
Bruce Claggett, guest host of A Little More Conversation with Ben O’Hara-Byrne chats with Helen Hirsh Spence about ageism and how younger and older workers benefit each other in the workplace.
Mind Your #AgeSpeak
While attending a professional conference recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with colleagues whom I haven’t seen in a long time. Since I only see many of these colleagues at this annual event, chatter about work, family, and health is at the forefront. At this particular conference, my ear was especially tuned in to what I call #AgeSpeak. I define it as any phrase or comment that makes a reference to a person’s age that perpetuates ageism.
Communications Across Our Mixed-age Society
I’m continually learning to be cautious about the terms I use when talking with others. For instance, I didn’t realize that my use of the word “generation”, or “generational” was often unhelpful or counterproductive. Why? Because it implies inherent differences that tend to “other” generations.
Ageism Towards Our Ageing Workforce
ON Point, Global News Radio 640 Toronto Show host, Rob Fai, chats with Helen Hirsh Spence about...
Ageism is prevalent in so many aspects of our lives. There are many ways in which every one of us can participate personally and in our professional lives. Read about a few examples of the many ways that every one of us can contribute.
Strangers No More
It’s not every day that you manage to find a group of people with whom you feel comfortable enough to share your thoughts, feelings, and joys. When you do it’s magical, especially when you’ve only met them online during one of the most challenging times in your life, in 2020 and 2021 during COVID.
Age Liberation. It’s time!
Age equity is a social justice issue. It’s more relevant than ever, especially in a world that is ageing rapidly. Ageing adults deserve to be respected and accorded the same rights as others. It’s going to take a movement to set the record straight.
What does retirement AGE have to do with retirement?
When the retirement age of 65 was first conceived, the average lifespan was 62, the current average is 82 and it’s growing longer all the time. Ask yourself, does it make sense, for reasons of age alone, to discard or disregard, the knowledge, expertise, and wisdom of our olders?
The Messy Middle
I’ve heard the expression, the ‘messy middle’, to describe the stage of life that those born between 1945-1964, or earlier, are living through today. The last of the Boomer generation will turn 65 in 2030 which means a large majority are experiencing a period of transition that can be both frightening, and exciting.
Calling all shutterbugs! All levels of experience welcome.
I frequently invite participants in our workshops to describe what “old” looks like to them. Typically, two out of three words offered have negative connotations which conjure up images of decrepit, solitary, and vulnerable individuals. It used to surprise me, but it no longer does.