Entries by Anne Howard

Decision Making in a Disrupted World

We all make hundreds of decisions every day.  Small decisions based on what we know from experience works. Our bigger decisions are made in a similar way. This pattern of making decisions works well with routine decisions in a predictable world. Unfortunately for us, our tendency to use our familiar patterns as the basis for […]

Achieving Balance in Disruption

In the days following the 2001 terrorist attack on the US, my parents watched the news all day every day. They were teenagers during World War II and adults during the Korean War.  The events of 9-11 were incredibly stressful for them. Their anxiety was fed by the dramatic messaging and constant barrage of worst-case […]

Unpaid Caregiving and Employer Challenges

Every day, along with their day jobs, about 25% (5 million employees) of Canada’s workforce is also providing unpaid physical, cognitive and/or mental health care for family members.  On average those people are adding the equivalent of a half time job to their week.  The amount of workday time varies. The challenge for employers and […]

Implications of Aging Baby Boomers

In 2019, Canada’s largest generation in history, the Baby Boomers, will range in age from 54 (B. 1965) to 73 (B. 1946) years of age.  In 2030, a short  10.5 years from now, the entire Baby Boom generation will be between 65 and 84 years old.     Based on the Alzheimer’s Society 2016 Report, “Prevalence […]

And So the Journey Continues…

Herding Cats  –   all nine of us have  to sign agreement forms that authorize RYAN to work on our behalf and get the signed forms to Ryan Prepare for the Work – Get the files back from storage – so we can provide the various documents Ryan needs (death certificates, wills) Executor Responsibility receive a […]

Is it a Scam?

The letter seemed odd – we talked about whether it was even worth spending any time/effort on checking out the letter.   We decided to do so.  Checking it involved googling the company, checking out who they are,  phoning their corporate headquarters in Texas and chatting with the Communications Leader, phoning the Calgary branch and asking […]

The Job We Didn’t Apply For

In June 2018, 20 months after Mom passed away, we received our CRA Clearance and distributed the estate to the beneficiaries.  Our job was done.   By the end of that summer, I had packed up the files and put them into storage. Out of the blue, this year in March we received a letter from […]

Okay, I really do need a Will; Now What?

Writing a will requires two things – some careful thought and the support of a lawyer to ensure you have satisfied the legal requirements in your province.   When you make the decision to write a Will you are taking the first step in building an important financial and personal plan. The major components of the […]

It’s Not That Big A Deal, Right!

A person without a Will and its  accompanying documents (Enduring Power of Attorney and Personal Directive) which I’ll talk about another time sets their family/friends up for a pretty big hassle.   Your Will says who will get your stuff, who will be responsible for your children (if you have any) and who has the legal […]

Where There’s a WILL, There’s a Way

….Forward for the people you love and who love you to manage the things you leave behind in a way that doesn’t cause increased stress, sadness, misunderstanding, conflict or cost. The research tells us that somewhere between 50 and 75% of Canadians have their heads deeply buried in the sand about planning for their death. […]

The Well Managed Life

I recently read Patricia Pearson’s Fade to Black in Zoomer Magazine (July/August 2016).  She talks about the importance of making death a part of life.   Denial, it seems, is the guidepost most of us use when it comes to attending to matters related to managing the ultimate outcome of our lives.  Pearson says “everyone […]