United Against Elder Abuse

Seniors holding hands in a park

Stories of Strength and Hope     “On this Day, I call upon Member States and civil society to strengthen their resolve and redouble their efforts to eliminate all forms of violence and abuse against older people.” — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon   Mary’s Story: Mary’s son-in-law pressured her into giving him money to help pay […]

Music as Therapy…… Not Just for Alzheimer’s

Music as therapy has been around since Plato’s days, but it really only took off as a science after the First World War, when musicians living near hospitals and convalescent homes were asked to play for recuperating veterans. Since then formal university programs have sprung up, and music therapists are now accredited by national or […]

Spring: A Season for Renewal and Growth in Our Lives

Sprout Growing in Rich Spring Soil Outside

While I am always ready to welcome the next emerging season, I think that springtime is my favourite.  Isn’t it remarkable how the world transforms with the arrival of spring? The once-bare branches begin to show signs of life, blossoms start to appear, and the air carries the promise of warmth and growth. This seasonal […]

Men’s Sheds: Building Connections


In today’s fast-paced world, the quiet struggle of isolation often goes unnoticed. Have you ever wondered what keeps our well-being anchored during life’s many changes? For numerous men, especially in their later years, finding meaningful connections and purpose can be challenging. This is where Men’s Sheds come into play, offering a beacon of hope for […]

Bad Love

A sad elderly couple

Love and romance are important at any age.  Our need to love and be loved never leaves and can even grow as we age through later life stages.  But what about when it isn’t so good?  What about when it is hurtful and exploitative? In this article, we’ll reveal the ugly underbelly of the ‘Romance […]

Pocket Neighbourhoods-Redefining Community Living

As we navigate the later chapters of our lives, the longing for a connected community becomes even more pronounced.  This longing is fulfilled beautifully by the concept of pocket neighbourhoods, a term coined by Ross Chapin.  These intimate clusters of homes redefine retirement living, offering an enriching alternative to traditional neighbourhood designs.  They are not […]

Holidays with Heart: Overcoming Seasonal Blues

Christmas background - garland lights on grey wall

Overcoming Seasonal Blues December’s arrival usually ushers in a season sprinkled with sparkling lights, heartwarming melodies, and shared traditions. Yet, have you ever wondered why amidst these festive symbols, some of us find ourselves grappling with a shadow of loneliness or a touch of melancholy? This is particularly true for older adults who might find […]

Anatomy of the Grandparent

man getting arrested in front of car

It is back.  It is dangerous.  It is heart-breaking.  It is called the Grandparent Scam.  We have been educating and warning folks about this cruel scam for decades now.   Although we have related the details of the scam in our articles and presentations, my personal experience with this scam was only through 3rd party reports.  Until […]