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Guest Post: Redefining Retirement

Guest Post: Redefining Retirement

Susan Hodkinson, BA Crowe Soberman LLP   In generations past, retirement was a definable event in someone’s life – a milestone, fixed in time. There would be a presentation at the office, a family celebration and some joyfully-arranged tee times for the following week. “Work” was a thing of the past. While this scenario may still play out in some households, for many b... »

Carol Fishman Cohen: Author of “The 40-year Old Intern”

Carol Fishman Cohen: Author of “The 40-year Old Intern”

This week I’m doing interviews for a feature in a U.S. benefits publication called In Praise of Older Workers. I had an opportunity to talk to Carol Fishman Cohen, the CEO of iRelaunch and author of the acclaimed Harvard Business Review “40-Year-Old Intern” article series. Her company iRelaunch has evolved to become a comprehensive U.S.resource for career re-entry information and services for indi... »

How to find a second act career

How to find a second act career

Talking about “encore” or “second-act careers” has become a media obsession over the last few years. The assumption seems to be that all you have to do is put up a website offering consulting services of one sort or another and you will instantly have a money-making machine at your disposal. But the fact is, that Statistics Canada reports thousands of businesses enter and exit the marketplace thro... »

Media scan: Week of February 9th

Media scan: Week of February 9th

This week I wrote 6 good financial decisions we made and Diamonds are a girl’s best friend on retirementredux.com. SPP Flourishing, says General Manager Katherine Strutt appeared on savewithspp.com and What’s the RRSP Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP)? was posted on Brighter Life. Last but not least, my first article How to finance an engagement ring popped up on the Tangerine Bank’s blogging site Forw... »

Saskatchewan author Gail Bowen releases new book at age 72

Saskatchewan author Gail Bowen releases new book at age 72

    I am an inveterate reader and I love mysteries so if I find an author I like with a huge back list, I feel like I’ve won the lottery. That’s what happened this fall when I discovered Regina Saskatchewan author Gail Bowen who at age 72 is releasing her 20th book in the Joanne Kilbourn series. Bowen was an associate professor of English at First Nations University of Saskatchewan raisi... »

Media Scan: Week of January 5, 2015

Media Scan: Week of January 5, 2015

I didn’t do a media scan last week so there are many interesting stories to report on. Since the week of December 22nd, I have posted on retirementredux.com: The pros and cons of condo ownership My 2015 New Year’s resolutions Ontario Retirement Pension Plan: Who will get to participate? 6 ways to unlock home equity at retirement Another Look At Life Annuities (Part 2) appeared on savewithspp.com a... »

Media Scan:Week of December 1

Media Scan:Week of December 1

This week I wrote Financial Literacy: The 23 step program and Fired older employee may have reduced duty to mitigate. BOOK REVIEW: 397 ways to save money was posted on savewith spp.com. Here are some of the interesting blogs and articles I read: Blonde on a Budget has posted her December 2014 Budget & Goals and she is ecstatic that as compared to last year her expenses are way down. On Retire ... »

Media scan: Week of November 17

Media scan: Week of November 17

This week on retirementredux.com I wrote How I saved over 50% buying eye glasses online and Limited options available for LTD coverage after age 65. I also posted My Road to Findependence: Guest Blog by Sheryl Smolkin which initially appeared on financialindependencehub.com.. My blog Retiree health benefits cost more for less coverage appeared on savewithspp.com. Here are some of the interesting a... »

My Road to Findependence: Guest Blog by Sheryl Smolkin

My Road to Findependence: Guest Blog by Sheryl Smolkin

This week I wrote a guest blog on financialindependencehub.com Almost 10 years ago, at age 54, I took early retirement from my job as a pension lawyer and Canadian research director of an international benefits consulting company. I locked the door of my downtown office for the last time on a Friday; on the following Monday I started my new career as editor-in-chief of an industry magazine. My new... »

Meet Jean Franklin Hancher: Teacher, lawyer, PhD student and pilot

Meet Jean Franklin Hancher: Teacher, lawyer, PhD student and pilot

    PODCAST  EDITED TRANSCRIPT Welcome to the second podcast in the Encore Career Series on retirementredux.com. I’m pleased to be talking to Jean Franklin Hancher. Long past the age when most people have retired Jean is completing her PhD. in Women’s Studies at York University after careers as an elementary school teacher in Dryden, Ontario; on the executive staff of the Federati... »

How to embark on an encore career

How to embark on an encore career

    Recently Adam Mayers published “Five tips for older workers looking for work” in the Toronto Star. In addition to these great  suggestions, I have some other ideas based on my own personal experience. Some people work beyond age 65 into their 70s or longer because they need the money. Others love the sense of accomplishment and the camaraderie they get at work. In both ca... »

Meet Susan Brown: Art educator, artist and curator

Meet Susan Brown: Art educator, artist and curator

 Susan Brown and filmmaker Peter Rowe PODCAST  EDITED TRANSCRIPT Welcome to the first podcast in the Encore Career Series on retirementredux.com. I’m delighted to be talking to Susan Brown, an award winning artist, arts educator, curator and poet. Since her retirement in 2002 after 30 years with the Toronto and District School Board, Susan has been far from retired. She has established the A... »

Over 50s fastest growing segment of new start-ups

Over 50s fastest growing segment of new start-ups

    I retired from my corporate job almost eight years ago, but have never stopped working. After the trade magazine I edited was sold, I decided to put up a website and see if Icould make it as a freelance benefits writer and consultant. Within six months I had four steady clients and more work than I could handle. It seems that the more than half a million Canadians who were in the pro... »

More seniors are working longer

More seniors are working longer

    Moe Rotman was appointed as a Toronto Justice of the Peace at age 33. He finally decided to retire at the end of December last year, six months short of his 75th birthday.Rotman says he continued working into his 70s because he loved his job and it meant he could retire with a better pension. At age 65, optician Jack Kearns sold his business in Ajax, Ontario. Four years later he star... »