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By Debra Yearwood
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons! Back in 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1st as the day we celebrate ageing and what it means to be an older person. 

The world's population has changed dramatically over recent decades, between 1950 and 2010, life expectancy worldwide rose from 46 to 68 years. Globally, there were 703 million persons aged 65 or over in 2019. The region of Eastern and South-Eastern Asia was home to the largest number of older persons (261 million), followed by Europe and North America (over 200 million).

Over recent months COVID has reminded us why ageing is precious; why growing older isn't a thing to be denigrated but rather celebrated. The alternative is appealing to no one. There are many things I'll be celebrating on October first. Here are a few.
  • As we age we get smarter. How many life skills do you have now that you wished you had had years ago? 
  • Ageing can bring with it heightened self-awareness and a sense of peace.  While I'm not oblivious to the outside world, I care a lot less about what other people think of me.
  • I also have more sense about what's really important. The newest fashion just doesn't capture my attention as it once might have. New life, whether in the form of a baby or a puppy, captivates me.
  • I value every year because it brings me more wisdom, more stories and a chance to work on my legacy.
What about you? What do you love about ageing? Take the opportunity to celebrate it on October 1st.

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By Helen Hirsh Spence

After working in the ‘age’ space now for a few years, I have to confess to a personal bias. I don’t like the way the word ‘senior’ makes me feel. The word conjures up an ageing narrative of decline. It just doesn’t inspire me to think of ageing as a positive. 


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National Seniors Day 

To celebrate Canada's 30th anniversary of National Seniors Day, CanAge and HelpAge Canada are pleased to invite you to join our Expert Roundtable Discussion on 'How to Make Canada More Age-Inclusive'.

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Brain Health Awareness Week (BHAW) 2020 Activities

Join the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI) as they virtually showcase exciting advancements in brain research from their talented members.

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Mindsuite Metrics and Top Sixty Over Sixty are collecting data to learn how to harness the power of a multi-generational workforce to help the economic recovery post COVID-19.

Emerging successfully from the pandemic will require a concerted effort from all sectors.  As we currently have as many as five generations working alongside one another, we need to take advantage of generational diversity to maximize productivity, innovation and financial gain.

Please take 6-11 minutes to go to share your thoughts, ideas and challenges freely.

Following the collection of data, you will receive an invitation to attend a curated experience facilitated by NY times #1 Best Selling Author, John King (of Tribal Leadership) and Helen Hirsh Spence, founder of Top Sixty Over Sixty. They will talk about the data gathered, the challenges faced, and the ideas shared, especially as they pertain to intergenerational interactions and collaboration.  


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