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Susan J. Hyatt

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Susan J Hyatt is the Chair & CEO of Silver Sherpa Inc. A leader and author in the ‘smart aging’ movement, she is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the International Federation on Ageing. She holds a post-graduate certification in Negotiations from Harvard Law School/MIT and an MBA from Griffith University in Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy specializing in critical care/trauma from the University of Toronto.

Plan Well Before Moving an Elderly Person Across the Country

Moving a household from one place to another is near the top of the stress scale for most of us. With a rapidly aging population, families may consider moving an elderly person from one part of the country to another for various reasons. Major moves are disruptive and bring substantial…

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Romance (Scams) Are In the Air

Around Valentine’s Day, love is in the air, and so unfortunately, are romance scams. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre reported that romance scams skyrocketed[1] during the massive shift online caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among older adults. Romance scams are now one of Canada’s most common frauds. As advisors, it is important that…

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Beyond Alzheimer’s Awareness – What You Really Need to Know

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Canada. Just how aware are we in Canada? And what do we really need to know to plan for a growing dementia population effectively? The Cambridge Dictionary defines awareness as “the knowledge that something exists or understanding of a situation or subject at the…

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2024 Learning Resolution: Longevity, Sibling Rivalry, and Wealth Management

For thousands of years, it has been a tradition for people in the Western world and some in the East to set New Year’s resolutions. Many see their resolutions as a refreshing start to the New Year – in with the new goals and out with the old. As we…

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Wishing You Time and Health for the Holidays

There seems to be a frenetic pace in the days leading up to the end of the year. There are so many lists to complete for clients, gifts, parties, and family celebrations. We are also taking stock, thinking about the new year, and reflecting on the year that has passed….

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Mental Health is Health: 988 Suicide Crisis Hotline Goes Live

This past week, Canada took another step forward to address fundamental changes in access to services for mental health. The 988 Suicide Crisis Hotline went live to provide immediate contact and support services for those in a mental health crisis. Calling or texting 988 gives anyone free twenty-four access to…

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Aging in Place 3: Innovative Approaches to Complex Cases

This article is the third in a series exploring the challenges people may face when they choose ‘aging in place’ at home. While health care and personal needs may be complex, the family members or attorneys may also have to manage the entire household. With the added complexities and potential…

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Aging in Place 2: Access to Online Health Information

Many older people are choosing the option of ‘aging in place’ at home, and as they age, some will have complex health care and personal care needs. To effectively plan for care and manage the care journey, the person responsible for managing their care will need easy access to secure…

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Aging in Place: Who Coordinates the Coordinators in Complex Care Situations?

As our population ages, more people are faced with caring for an elderly family member who wishes to remain at home despite their complex health and personal care needs. A few years ago, I wrote an article about the proliferation of healthcare coordinators, navigators, and community care coordinators trying to…

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Give Thanks and Press the Pause Button …

Autumn is here, and as we prepare for the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, it is a good time to reflect on how we are coping as busy professionals. In the last few years, the COVID pandemic has changed many things at work and at home. Estate planning professionals are busy with…

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