In the history of the world, two-thirds of all people who have lived past the age of 65 are alive today. By 2015, we will have more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 15. This has never happened before in the history of Canada, and requires an educated response in how professionals support with the challenges and opportunities facing our maturing population.” (Canada’s Age-Friendly Business Academy)
My personal journey
Recently, I became a CPCA (Certified Professional Consultant on Aging). Obtaining this designation reflects my goal to better support seniors in the community. Taking a greater stake in the lives of seniors, caregivers, and families, is just part of the journey I’ve been on for some time. In many ways it feels quite natural to want to support boomers and seniors around aging issues, in a professional way:
- Having been a remote caregiver for my parents, I know the challenges facing family caregivers, never mind the loved ones they are looking after!
- Having consulted many years to the health and social services sector, I fully appreciate how systems have become inordinately complex, and how communication and interpretation deteriorate as systems resources dwindle. It can be a dog’s breakfast for anyone having to coordinate and/or access age-friendly services.
- As a mediator, I often deal with family, inter-generational, and elder-related issues. I appreciate how attending to relationships and the emotional climate, is just as important as what we talk about, and the process we use to talk, together.
- Currently, I participate in my local Elder-Friendly Community Network, a network of professionals that support the needs of boomers and seniors. Not only is this a supportive professional network, it also makes it easy for me to get to know other professionals, and collaborate with them to support complex client needs.
- Building on my past Board role with the Victoria chapter of CARP, Canada�s association for Zoomers, Boomers, Seniors and those who care for them, I’ve continued to stay on top of issues and trends affecting the elderly.
How I can help you
- Facilitate difficult conversations. My main business is facilitating conversations between people who have different positions and interests, helping them see what they have in common, and then getting them to agree on what they want to do about it.
- Distance collaboration. Personally, I know how hard it can be to be kept in the loop, never mind making decisions and taking action, when your loved one is located somewhere else. Fortunately, Internet and web tools are making it easier for people to connect and collaborate. (note: seniors are the fastest growing segment of Internet users in Canada!) I’ve been comfortable in the tech world for a long time. I can help with those difficult conversations and advocacy needs, no matter where you are.