People need less money to live as they get older? If only.

People need less money to live as they get older?  If only.

Last week the C.D. Howe Institute released a short study just in time for the finance ministers’ meeting — rolling out the tired, old argument that as people age, they do not need as much money to live as when they were younger. If only retirement were so easy.

Combating the over-medication of seniors

Combating the over-medication of seniors

The case of ‘too much medication’ in Canadian seniors is finally starting to be recognized for the serious problem it has become.

Why patients at the end of life may not be receiving the best care

Why patients at the end of life may not be receiving the best care

Our healthcare system remains focused on acute – emergency — care and the “therapeutic imperative” to fix everything we can fix when a patient is ill. But when someone is approaching the end of life, this approach may no longer be what the patient and their families need or want most.

What do Canadians need from pension reform?

What do Canadians need from pension reform?

Pension reform continues to hold interest across the country, especially given the willingness of the federal Conservatives to at least talk about expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

The real costs of informal caregiving in Canada

The real costs of informal caregiving in Canada

The phenomenon is not exactly marginal: according to a recently released government report, one in every three workers in Canada is assisting a chronically disabled person — many of them seniors — with transportation, household maintenance or day-to-day tasks.

Pros and cons of an expanded Canada Pension Plan

Pros and cons of an expanded Canada Pension Plan

The Conservative government has announced it would like to have a dialogue with Canadians about a potential expansion of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). While this, in itself, is a purely political action — since it commits the government to nothing — it is worth looking at what the possible outcomes might be.

Will senior care in Canada break the bank?

Will senior care in Canada break the bank?

Will the cost of senior care in Canada one day break the bank? Probably not, contrary to common perceptions.

Is CPR overused? When is it ok for doctors to let someone die?

Is CPR overused? When is it ok for doctors to let someone die?

Will the cost of senior care in Canada one day break the bank? Probably not, contrary to common perceptions.

Rethinking long-term care for seniors in Canada

Rethinking long-term care for seniors in Canada

Most people hope to be able to age in their own home. But seniors and their families don’t always have that choice. Four health care policy experts, Dr. Ivy Bourgeault, Dr. Robyn Tamblyn, Dr. Neena Chappell and Dr. Michel Grignon, believe it is time to rethink the philosophy behind long term care in Canada.