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A study on ageism by Professor Donna Wilson at the University of Alberta indicates, at last, the difficulties of growing old while being accepted as a viable member of society.

It’s no surprise that the images of the “sweet little old lady” are so strongly embedded in the nation’s psyche. We won’t address the “dirty old man” stereotype here! Just to say, that is not true, either!

Folklore and the media perpetuate this myth, as do some of the “old ladies” themselves.

Many years ago I sought help at the local mental health clinic for a personal problem. Being over 60 years old at the time, I was immediately shunted into a Geriatrics program and counseled by a registered nurse who first asked me what year it was, who the Prime Minister was, and if I could count backwards from 20. Annoying and demeaning as that was, I asked to be placed into a regular program where I could consult a doctor or psychologist and the nurse told me that for anyone over the age of 60 this was the only option. She told me also that all she could do for me was support me in my endeavors. Helplessly, she shrugged her shoulders.

Another situation arose when in my fifties I applied for what seemed like a fun job in a bird shop. The owner asked me first how old I was and although there is a law in Canada against discrimination on the basis of age, foolishly and passively I answered.

Sigh.

Since then, my own medical transcription business, first started in 1999, has become rather successful and this is how I support myself, with the help of a few royalties from writing books and – of course – a pension from the Canada Pension Fund and Old Age Security. That is called WHAT??? Yes, Old Age…Security… there are perks to being old!

There ARE perks to being old, like subsidies in apartments and for bus passes, and movies, and all sorts of people giving up their seats for me.

We live in a society where the population is rapidly aging. In a few years we will make up an alarming percentage of the country.

Grey Power, anyone?


As an entrepreneur and author in her seventies, I wear many tuques (the Canadian version of a winter hat)!

Probably it would be hard but not impossible to get a job outside of the home. An interesting and kind young chiropractor has expressed interest in hiring me on a part-time basis, as suggested, as a sort of nurse to see patients to his office, clean up, and other tasks different from my usual life. He asked me to keep in touch and if I’m not being hornswaggled by this young fellow, then perhaps in the fall a situation might arise.

Good health and fitness rewards me for living a healthy life, as well as genes from my octagenarian mother who died in 2006 at 91.

With the professor’s permission, I’m going to include a link to a groundbreaking research study on ageism in future posts.

My talented graphic designer, Jennifer Johnson of JennJ Designs, provided a few outstanding ads for my transcription business, which runs hand in hand with writing books for a living.

If you’re a professor or graduate student on a tight budget, there are special rates available at Kenna McKinnon & Associates, a Canadian and worldwide transcription company. Initially, we were strictly medical transcriptionists. We love doctors, dentists, and nurses, and all health personnel!

See what you think at www.KennaMcKinnon.com.


This is the first post on my new blog, thanks to the very proficient JennJ Designs and Jennifer Johnson!!!

American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart once said, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”

I’ve decided to move to the next province to the west in the fall, probably November 2019, and have picked Penticton, British Columbia as being a smaller city situated in a beautiful part of the Okanagan Valley, with fruit orchards, wine orchards, and a hotter climate. I don’t want to experience another Edmonton winter!

There are apartments for rent available for approximately the same cost as I’m paying for mine here. They’re close to buses, walking, beaches, and an historic downtown. They have a fair number of family doctors and psychiatrists.

Any comments about picking up my suitcase and moving in my mid-seventies? Excited!!

Penticton – Beaches, lakes, orchards!!!!

A little video I made with Adobe Spark for our book about our journey with schizophrenia, written by Austin Mardon and myself.