The “End Times”: Challenging Ageism

Bold(h)er | Season 4
Lisa Bragg, Podcast Hose, Author & Journalist
BMO for Women
Podcast, 42:42 min.

BMO’s Lisa Bragg and Top Sixty’s Helen Hirsh Spence dig in deep to explore ageing and the many facets of ageism (overt, subtle, internalized, and gendered). Along the way they look at the longevity dividend, the fact that we are living about 30 years longer than our parents did.

Notes Helen in the podcast, “We have to educate people because… when you introduce that phrase [You look good for your age], people think it’s a compliment. I think many of us took it as a compliment until we realized, “What does my age look like? What does any age look like?”

“Age is intersectional. You can be old and you can be Black and you can be anything, old and gay, but you would never say to somebody, ‘You look good for being—’ I’m just trying to think of another example other than gay, but there you go. ‘You look good for being gay.’ That’s ridiculous. LISTEN HERE

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A Quiet Discrimination

By Sheryl Bennett-Wilson | Parenting Times Magazine | June 27, 2024
Estimated read, 4:12min.

One in five Canadians will be over the age of 65 by 2030, yet the World Health Organization states that ageism is a global health epidemic.

Hirsh Spence has seen it over and over. A speaker promoting age inclusion through her social venture “Top Sixty Over Sixty,” Hirsh Spence routinely speaks at conferences, on podcasts, and national and local radio.

“Ageism—the bias or prejudice based on age—continues to be socially acceptable, going largely unnoticed,” says Helen Hirsh Spence. “It’s evident everywhere and every day. It’s visible at the checkout in the grocery store, in our healthcare system, and throughout the service industry. If you’re labeled a ‘senior’ you are considered frail, vulnerable and in decline.”

A Canadian survey found that 63 percent of older adults surveyed felt they had been treated unfairly based on their age. Younger people, healthcare professionals, government policies, and employers were the most identified sources of age discrimination.

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[There’s] still time to re-create myself:  Why some retirees want to return to work

By Ritika Dubey |Canadian Press | May 31, 2024
Estimated read, 4:23 min.

Nina Hornjatkevyc, a counselling director and registered psychologist with Canada Career Counselling, notes she has seen an increase among older people, either approaching retirement or already retired, who are getting back into the workforce.

Retirement at 65 is an antiquated notion, says Helen Hirsh Spence, founder of Top Sixty Over Sixty, which helps organizations understand the value of having a multi-generational workforce. “Older adults have what’s called crystallized intelligence. Young people have fluid intelligence,” said Spence. “You need both.”  READ MORE

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Embracing Age:  Unlocking the Power of a Longevity Mindset

Bedtalks | Epsode 95 | April 13, 2024
Podcast, 42:49 min

More a spontaneous conversation than an interview, Elizabeth Overstreet and her husband chat with Helen Hirsh Spence about embracing age. Helen explores ageing and guides us through the profound shift that occurs when we adopt a longevity mindset. Ageing is often accompanied by misconceptions and imposed expectations, but Helen challenges these norms and reveals the untapped power of growing older. LISTEN HERE

About Bedtalks, by Elizabeth Overstreet & K.
“My husband and I found that we have our best discussions about life, love, and the myriad of topics associated with relationships when we are lying in bed. Something about being in bed calms the spirit and makes it difficult to be contentious about any topic, even the highly charged ones. This is our podcast where we have real, honest, and straightforward discussions about relationships, love, and life.”

Federal budget 2024: Here’s what Ottawans want to see in it.

Ottawa Citizen | April 5, 2024

Much was known about the federal budget before it was tabled on April 16, 2024. Leading up to the budget’s release, The Ottawa Citizen asked some Ottawa residents what they hoped the budget would offer to support Canada’s National Capital.

Social entrepreneur and founder of Top Sixty Over Sixty, Helen Hirsh Spence, was one of the residents who was asked for her budget wish list. Helen hoped, “…the budget includes resources for age-diversity training to be included in all diversity strategies; incentives for employers to retain, hire and retrain older employees; entrepreneurial programs specifically designed for the older adult; and subsidies for a return to college/university for older adults keen on upskilling or reskilling.” Read what others had to say HERE.

Who says March goes out like a lamb?  Not during International Women’s Month.

Estimated read, 3:28 min

By Caroline Phillips, Ottawa Business Journal, April 1, 2024

For many, International Women’s Day can feel like a bit of a whirlwind due to the many celebrations that take place in and around the global day of recognition of women in early March.

That’s why it was nice to have one last hurrah during the waning days of March at an International Women’s Month reception hosted by Liberal Ottawa-Vanier MPP Lucille Collard. She settled on Good Friday, mostly because the date worked with her busy work and travel schedule.

Helen Hirsh Spence noted, “I think one of the things we have to do is, we have to start talking about age positively. We talk about an aging society as if it’s all decline, and I can assure you it isn’t. In fact, the happiest people are those who are over the age of 60.”  READ MORE

Scaling New Heights & Unlocking Ageless Potential with Helen Hirsh Spence

Podcast, 33:00 min

From Kamrin Huban’s series, 50, Not Dead, Episode 8, February 23, 2024.  Personal coach, Kamrin Huban, and Helen Hirsh Spence delve into the transformative impact of age diversity in the workplace, dispelling myths and advocating for inclusivity across generations. Helen notes, “A third of the population in Canada is almost 65 and older. In the United States, ten thousand people turn 65 daily. We need to change the way we think about ageing and begin to think of it as the positive force that it is”.

Kamrin writes of her podcast series, “We aim to empower listeners to challenge ageist stereotypes, embrace their worth at any age, and carve out a path of fulfillment and purpose. By sharing our stories, I want to inspire a generation to embrace the richness of life’s journey with open arms.”  READ MORE

Social Entrepreneur, Helen Hirsh Spence

Video, 10.59 min

Host Kelli Phillips interviews Helen Hirsh Spence about why she was motivated to become a social entrepreneur and why she created Top Sixty Over at the age of sixty-seven. Helen discusses internalized ageism, gendered ageism, and longevity literacy. She emphasizes that most employers don’t understand that the North American demographic shift (where we have more people over the age of 65 than we do under the age of 15) is here to stay. If we do not retain older adults in the workplace, we are going to lose individual and corporate knowledge. Older adults today are the best-educated, ethnically diverse, and technologically savvy ever.

You can watch the interview by tuning into BizTV at the following dates and times:
Monday, February 19, 2024 at 8:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM CT
Monday, February 19, 2024 at 11:00 PM ET / 10:00 PM CT
Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 8:00 pm ET / 7:00 PM CT 

Or, after the interview has aired the final time, you will be able to view it at your leisure on BizTV’s live stream HERE.

CBC Cross Country Checkup

Sunday, February 18, 2024

When I saw the subject line, CBC media request, in a recent email I had no idea what the request would be. I had pitched the concept of ageism in the workforce to CBC on several occasions in the past but never heard back.

Thanks to the buzz about Biden’s age, there have recently been numerous articles about the topic, and CBC decided to focus on it for Cross Country Checkup on February 18. I was invited to open up the segment and provide some background.

Needless to say, I am always willing to advocate for older adults and especially highlight the importance of including age in the diversity mix. You can listen to the program HERE.

Cross Country Checkup on CBC Radio ONE is broadcast live simultaneously through six time zones across the country every Sunday afternoon, between 4-6 pm ET on CBC Radio One, and 4-5 pm ET on CBC News Network. It is also available via CBC’s podcast, “Checkup in 60” and around the world on Facebook Live.


Valuing the expertise and ingenuity of older adults

Gail Zelitzky and Catherine Marienau, hosts of the weekly podcast, Women Over 70, Aging Reimagined, speak with Helen Hirsh Spence about everyday ageism in Episode 261. Helen emphasizes the need for a longevity focus, encourages an entrepreneurial mindset, and cautions against internalized ageism which undermines the potential of older adults. For instance, the siloing of older adults in retirement villages is not always beneficial. If one is always surrounded by people of the same age group, cognitive ability may decline. Residents may not be as stimulated or become less curious. There is so much to be gained by contact with, and dialogue between generations.

Watch on YOUTUBE HERE or listen to the PODCAST HERE  Duration, 32:20 min

What are your plans for the rest of your life?

Janette Burke, host of JanettesTV Instagram, interviews Helen Hirsh Spence about internalized ageism and women’s experiences with gendered ageism. Helen explains how older adults, especially women, can use their knowledge and experience to find their purpose and create businesses that express their passions. No matter our current ages, all of us would be wise to get a head start on imagining the next stage or stages of our lives, meaning the 30 or so years beyond age 60 or 65.

WATCH HERE   Video, 12:30 min

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Gendered Ageism: The Unaddressed Discrimination Practice

By Mira Brancu, Ph.D. |Psychology Today _October 25, 2023

Mira Brancu, Ph.D. explores age diversity and gendered ageism with Top Sixty’s Helen Hirsh Spence and the five ways organizations can improve their DEI initiatives to address ageism. Ageism affects all genders but is often excluded from diversity initiatives. ”

READ MORE   Estimated read, 5:28 min

The Longevity Dividend: Embracing 100 Years of Life

With Florz Bazie and Helen Hirsh Spence | October 13, 2023

Digital Accessibility Expert, Flora Bazie, chats with Helen Hirsh Spence about the Longevity Dividend and Embracing 100 Years of Life. Says Helen, “We [now] have a longevity dividend of about 30 years. Our grandchildren, because of medical and technological advances, and a much better understanding of nutrition and lifestyle, have an expected average lifespan of 100. What are we going to do with those years?”

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE  Approx. 30 min.

Let’s ‘rebrand’ what it means to age, Canada

By Helen Hirsh Spence | Ottawa Citizen | October 5, 2023

“I intentionally use the term ‘older adults’ when referring to people over the age of 65 because both ‘seniors’ and ‘senior citizens”’ have particularly negative connotations”, says Helen Hirsh Spence.

Style guides, such as the American Psychological Association Publication Manual, among others, advise against their usage. “They connote a stereotype”, notes the manual, “and suggest that members of the group are not part of society but rather a group apart.”

These are people who unselfishly volunteer to do work that otherwise would require payment, who mentor and coach, and who make significant philanthropic contributions of skills and money.

READ MORE  Estimated read, 3:00 min

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Careers That Matter

With Stu McNish and Helen Hirsh Spence | May 26, 2023

Stu McNish chats with Helen Hirsh Spence about her ‘job’ at Top Sixty Over Sixty.  This episode is part of Stu’s enlightening series, Careers That Matter, which showcases the fascinating career journeys of movers, shakers and builders from all sectors of our society. Learn more about Helen and her “Third Act“ journey as an entrepreneur and how Top Sixty Over Sixty came to be.

Watch the video HEREVideo, 12:13 min

Conversations That Matter:  Over 60s add value to businesses

By Stu McNish, Special to the Vancouver Sun | May 26, 2023

Sorry, but we’re looking for someone younger who will stay with us longer. “These are just some of the reasons employers use to overlook talented over 60 applicants,” says Helen Hirsh Spence of Top Sixty Over Sixty. The group’s mission, according to its website, is to “provide tools and training to address ageism and promote age diversity in the workplace.”

Read the article HERE, then scroll down within the article to view the video of the entire conversation. 

Video, 25:12 min

Demographics and Ageism Contribute to Labour Shortage in Canada

Mediaplanet, Empowering Aging Canadians | December 17, 2022

TopSixty 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. Read Helen Hirsh Spence’s article, Demographics and Ageism Contribute to Labour Shortage in Canada HERE.  Mediaplanet’s Empowering Aging Canadians insert appeared in The Toronto Star on Saturday, December 17, 2022.

Estimated read:  3:53 min

How younger and older workers benefit each other

A Little More Conversation, Global News Radio 640 Toronto | December 15, 2022

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.  A Little More Conversation airs weekdays on 640 Toronto (CFIQ AM) and Corus radio stations across Canada.

Radio interview, 17: min

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Ageism Towards Our Ageing Workforce

ON Point, Global News Radio 640 Toronto | October 18, 2022

Show host, Rob Fai, chats with Helen Hirsh Spence about Canada’s talent shortage and how older workers can help fill the gap. Companies will have to address ageism and change strategies in order to retain, rehire, or recruit older workers.

LISTEN HERE and then click on Item 3
Radio interview, 8:00 min

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It’s time to tackle ageism – no matter how old you are

Ottawa Citizen | October 3, 2022

Unlike other UN population groups such as women and children, there hasn’t yet been a convention related to the rights of older persons, even though the world’s population aged 60+ is increasing exponentially and will triple by 2050. This will exceed a population of more than two billion, according to the World Health Organization. READ MORE
Estimated read, 3:00 min

For Immediate Release

September 28, 2022

TOP SIXTY OVER SIXTY Joins Allies Across the Globe in Celebration of
1 October 2022 United Nations International Day of Older Persons
and 7 October 2022 Ageism Awareness Day

OTTAWA, Canada — TOP SIXTY OVER SIXTY along with the American Society on Aging (ASA) and others will celebrate Ageism Awareness Day on 7 October 2022. Modeled after the United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons on 1 October 2022, Ageism Awareness Day provides an opportunity to draw attention to the existence and impact of ageism in our society.

The most widespread and socially accepted form of prejudice, ageism is defined by the World Health Organization as “the stereotypes (how we think), prejudices (how we feel) and discrimination (how we act) towards others or oneself based on age.” Evidence shows ageism is widespread in society and can be found everywhere, from our workplaces and health systems to stereotypes we see on TV, in advertising and in the media.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the full press release.

The Power of Advocacy: Overcoming Ageism

Executive Encore| September 15, 2022

Patricia A. Muir, Professional Certified Coach, chatted with Top Sixty founder, Helen Hirsh Spence in one of Patricia’s series of interviews with thought leaders and those who are enjoying fulfillment after the age of sixty. Helen described internalized ageism as “unconscious bias against ourselves and our future selves”. She spoke about how internalized ageism stops individuals from moving forward, and what fulfills her both in her work and her personal life. LISTEN HERE

Podcast, 16.49 min.

Retirement?  Not for many Ottawa ‘senior-preneurs’

By Karla Briones
Ottawa Citizen| September 06, 2022

“The myth that older adults are not able to do this needs to be debunked.”  Entrepreneurship seems to have a sexy appeal the younger you are. Just look at the variety of awards out there: ‘20 Under 20’ ‘30 Under 30’ and ‘40 Under 40’ awards, recognizing the contributions youth make to our economy. READ MORE
Estimated read, 3:00 min.

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Rediscovering Yourself Midlife

Power Purpose Play| August 16, 2022

Kavita Ahuja, founder of Power Purpose Play, a global community of women in midlife, speaks with Helen Hirsh Spence about the positives of ageing and the negatives of ageism. Kavita quoted from a recent article by Helen,  “Those born between 1946 and the early 1960s were disrupters. Now they continue as age liberators who recognize it is their time to give back or, preferably, to give forward.  These 60-, 70-, and 80-year-olds are doing so by creating a movement where they are role-modelling the growth, power, potential, and the value of ageing.” Helen emphatically noted, “The future is older…” LISTEN HERE
Podcast, 47:51 min.

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Hirsh Spence: As Canada’s demographics shift, it’s time to                                     embrace ‘Age Liberation’

Ottawa Citizen| May 05, 2022

The world is on the precipice of a new revolution. Becca Levy, author of Breaking the Age Code, refers to it as “Age Liberation.” For decades, age has suffered an increasingly bad rap, but the paradigm is slowly shifting. With more Canadians over age 65 than under age 15, and close to one-quarter of the population turning 65 by 2025, Canada will need to prepare for a much older society.

According to the Statistics Canada April 27 census release, there are already more people aged 55 to 64 than those aged 15 to 24, the typical age of entry into the workforce. Although very few organizations are prepared for it, Canada’s workforce is aging significantly. Retirement and other current norms will soon be passé. READ MORE

Estimated read, 3:19 min. | Image: Andrea-Piacquadio_Pexels

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Canada’s Ageing Workforce

CBC’s The Current | April 29 2022

Statistics Canada census data, released April 27, 2022, shows a record of one in five working adults are getting close to retirement age. That means businesses and workplaces could soon be struggling to fill positions — but some say it doesn’t need to be this way. Matt Galloway speaks with Helen Hirsh Spence, founder and CEO of Top Sixty Over Sixty, and Donna Wilson, a professor and gerontology researcher at the University of Alberta. LISTEN HERE

Segment duration, 21:08 min. | Image:  CBC Media Centre

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Getting Older, Feeling Better

Catalyst Magazine| April 2022

In the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s magazine, Catalyst, Peter McKinnon writes, “People 85 and older make up Canada’s fastest-growing population segment, increasing at nearly four times the rate of the total. Also growing quickly is the number of evidence-based tools and strategies to help them live longer, happier, and more fulfilling lives, which is good news, since the size of this group will triple over the next few decades.” READ MORE

Estimated read, 3:36 min. | Photo courtesy of Clarice Frazier

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The(B)Older Women’s Policy Agenda: Careers, Care and Pensions

Forbes | April 14 2022

“The world over, we need a more ambitious—and more holistic—women’s policy agenda. One that integrates all of women’s life phases and roles—and recognizes the swelling ranks and particular challenges of older women. This means accepting the inter-dependencies between three issues, usually addressed separately—careers, care and pensions”, writes Avivah Wittenberg-Cox.  In her section titled, Careers (The Post-50 Opportunity), she quotes Helen Hirsch Spence of Top Sixty Over Sixty, “Older adults want to upskill and continue working, they are a ready solution to many of our talent shortages.”  READ MORE

Estimated read, 6:28 min. |  Image:  Centre for Ageing Better

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There’s no expiry date on productivity:  Agesim keeps many companies from benefiting from older workers

Ottawa Business Journal | April 8 2022

Caroline Phillips  writes about her interviews with Carol Devenny, chief financial officer for Equality Fund, and Helen Hirsh Spence, Founder of Top Sixty Over Sixty. Devenny took on her current role after she had reached the mandatory retirement age of 60 at her previous position with the accounting firm, PwC Canada. Hirsh Spence  would like to see more Canadian employers include older adults in their diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and comments, “Most people do not want to retire but they feel obliged to retire, they get forced out because of ageist beliefs and myths, all of which have been debunked by the research.”  Read the full article HERE

Estimated read, 5:09 min.

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“Older adults are part of the largest, healthiest, longest lived and best educated group in North American history”…Helen Hirsh Spence

City News Ottawa | March 23 2022

Host Sam Laprade talks with Helen Hirsh Spence about ageing, ageism, and how the longer lives of today’s and tomorrow’s older adults will allow them to continue to contribute to workplaces and society for many years to come LISTEN HERE

The interview with Helen Hirsh Spence begins about 9:30 min. into the program and lasts for approx. 10 minutes.

Ottawa founder of Top Sixty Over Sixty says,
turn to older adults to solve the labour shortage

CTV News at Noon Ottawa | Fri. Jan. 28, 2022

Leanne Cusack, CTV News at Noon Ottawa discusses the importance of welcoming older adults into the workforce with Helen Hirsh Spence.   Helen wants employers to focus on experience and the benefits of having a multigenerational labour force.  She doesn’t believe youth should be valued more than experience.  She wants to see people of all ages working together, fuelling each other.  Read a summary of the interview and watch the full interview HERE.
(Video – part 1, 4:43 min / part 2, 4:50 min)

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Business Mentorship; Keepin’ It Real

Share Your Stories Online | Jan. 29, 2022

Author, Artist, and Founder/Host of ShareYourStoriesOnline, Trish Tonaj, spoke with Top Sixty Founder Helen Hirsh Spence about demographic shift that most people do not yet recognise.  For instance 10, 000 people in the U.S. turn 65 every day and 25% of Canada’s population will be 65 or order by 2026.  One of the fastest growing demographic today is the over 85 group.  We are entering an era of non-retirement.  Instead they are shifting focus.  WATCH HERE

(Video – 17:10 min)

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Hey Boomer!

“Life is not like a linear package…we need to spot opportunities…
take risks…and move outside our comfort zones”, Helen Hirsh Spence

January 17, 2022

Wendy Green, host of Hey Boomer, speaks with Top Sixty Founder, Helen Hirsh Spence, about our increased longevity, internalized ageism, and the realities of age bias.

WATCH HERE (Video, 45:00 min)

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CTV Morning Live Ottawa

“Older people today are not like their grandparents”, says Helen Hirsh Spence

November 24, 2021

Top Sixty founder, Helen Hirsh Spence, talks with CTV’s Morning Life Ottawa host, Rosey Edeh, about one of Canada’s most overlooked resources, older adults.  Helen explains that older people today are not the same as their grandparents’ they are well-educated, and well-equipped to address Canada’s current labour shortage.

WATCH HERE (Video, 3:30 min)

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The Brian Crombie Hour, Sauga 960 AM

Yes! Older adults CAN bring value to the workplace

November 24, 2021

Brian Crombie discusses ageism with Top Sixty Founder, Helen Hirsh Spence, and Valerie Fox, an expert in business accelerators and incubators.  Tune into this insightful and in-depth dialogue; it’s worth listening to every minute!

WATCH HERE (Video, 46.10 min)

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Toronto Star

Labour shortage? The answer is to bring older adults back into the workforce

By Helen Hirsh Spence, Nov. 7, 2021

Headlines about the “big quit” and the “great resignation” have dominated the news recently.  Unquestionably, the labour shortage is real for both lower-skill jobs and knowledge workers.

Regrettably, employers continue to to overlook one of Canada’s growing and sustainable resources, its aging demographic. Businesses fail to take advantage of the fastest growing segment of the population — people over age 55 who are talented, capable and interested in work, yet who are ignored due to unconscious age bias.

Read  more HERE

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An Entrepreneurial Story


Top Sixty founder, Helen Hirsh Spence’s entrepreneurial story was recently shared on  Helen’s words of advice:  It is never too late to start anew again. Life is not a nice, neat, linear package. Always look for the silver lining in every cloud.

Read the interview HERE.

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Fighting Ageism

Good Times, Canada’s magazine for successful retirement

Negative stereotypes about older people— whether you believe them or they come from others—can cause real harm.
By Wendy Half

Read the article HERE.

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Retirement Rebellion

George Jerjian interviews Helen HirshSpence

George Jerjian, mindset mentor, writer, and speaker, explores Helen Hirsh Spence’s views on retirement.

Read the interview HERE.

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Paving the Way for the Aging Population in the Workforce

Deborah (Deb) Crowe, host of Imperfect, interviews Helen HirshSpence

Deborah (Deb) Crowe, Executive & Business Coach and host of Imperfect The Heart-centered Leadership Podcast speaks with Top Sixty founder, Helen Hirsh Spence, about Ageism Leadership:  Paving the Way for the Aging Population in the Workforce.

LISTEN HERE to Episode 63 of Deb Crowe’s podcast series.

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CanAge Conversations:  Champions for Change

Laura Tamblyn Watts, CanAge CEO, interviews Helen HirshSpence

LISTEN to this episode where Laura Tamblyn Watts talks with Helen Hirsh Spence about a variety of topics including the benefits of gratitude, and how viewing life optimistically can improve your life.  Part of a CanAge series of fireside chats with influential and inspiring people who work tirelessly in the field of ageing.

Ottawa Citizen
Helen Hirsh Spence – COVID-19 Strains the Kid-Grandparent Connection

Read Helen’s opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen HERE

Platinum Pivot Interview w/Helen Hirsh Spence

Top Sixty Over Sixty Founder and CEO, Helen Hirsh Spence discusses ways to overcome self-directed ageism in this interview.

Ottawa Business Journal

Helen Hirsh Spence – How Ottawa employers can harness the power of talented – and often overlooked – labour pool

Read Helen’s opinion piece in the Ottawa Business Journal HERE

Ottawa Citizen

Helen Hirsh Spence – Older adults could be our ticket to prosperity after the pandemic

Read Helen’s opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen HERE


Ottawa Citizen

Debra Yearwood – Just whose ‘diversity’ are we talking about?

Read Debra’s opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen HERE


Toronto Star

Helen Hirsh Spence: All ‘seniors’ shouldn’t be lumped together

Read Helen’s opinion piece in the Toronto Star HERE

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Helen Hirsh Spence: The (old) elephant in the room: value of older workers ignored 

Read Helen’s opinion piece in the Toronto Star HERE


On Inspiration: An Interview With Virginia Merritt

Inspiration can come everyday in numerous ways, it’s just a matter of looking.

On Inspiration: An Interview With Laurèl Craib Laurin

Inspiration can come everyday in numerous ways, its just a matter of looking. Following a Top Sixty Over Sixty event on inspiration at the Ottawa Gallery, Laurèl Craib Laurin shared her take aways and advice on staying inspired.

Emergenetics Wins Reader’s Choice Award in the HR Reporter

Top Sixty Over Sixty uses Emergenetics in its individual and team assessments and we are pleased to see it recognized in the HR Reporter.

You can read more about it HERE

Ottawa Citizen

Helen Hirsh Spence Let’s change our narrative around what it means to be a ‘senior’

Read Helen’s opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen HERE

Connected Canadians 

Helen talks about learning technical skills with Connected Canadians

If you are an older adult interested in learning new technical skills or refining the ones you have, you will want to learn more about Connected Canadians. Watch Helen’s review below.

Innovating Employment: Episode 10

Empowering older workers to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset, with Helen Hirsh Spence

Helen joins the program to discuss empowering older workers (over the age of 55) to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset. Listen HERE

LiisBeth Dispatch (Digital)

Turning the Grey Tsunami into the Silver Economy

Helen Hirsh Spence (Top Sixty Over Sixty CEO and Founder) was interviewed by Lana Pesch, Associate Editor of LiisBeth on the challenges of ageism and the potential of older adults. Read more HERE

Ottawa Experts (English)

Top Sixty Over Sixty Founder and CEO, Helen Hirsh Spence and new jewellery artisan/entrepreneur, Vicki Jasperse were featured on Rogers TV show, Ottawa Experts.  Helen and Vicki explored the changing nature of ageing, its implications for the future of work and answered questions from callers. To watch the interview, visit HERE

EntreNous (French)

Watch interview with Helen Hirsh Spence and host Catherine Marion as they discuss ageing today.

CTV News Ottawa (English)

Watch a CTV interview with Helen Spence, Debra Yearwood, Michael Oster and CTV Ottawa host, Leanne Cusack as they discuss the Top 60 Over 60 follow links here: Part 1 & Part 2