May 2, 2008

Pt 1: Caregivers for Seniors - For generations, many Canadians have relied on nannies to help care for their children. But more and more of them are now looking for the same set-up for their aging parents. Agencies that bring foreign workers to Canada say there's been a huge increase in the demand for live-in caregivers for seniors.

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Pt 2: Moses Znaimer - Back in 1984, media mogul Moses Znaimer began a revolutionary new venture by launching one of Canada's first specialty channels: MuchMusic.

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Pt 3: Working Seniors - Baby boomers have blazed new trails at every stage of life, and it's no different as they approach the traditional retirement age -- in a nutshell, they're not taking the off-ramp.

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Today's guest host was Alan Garr

It's Friday, May 2nd.

The Federal Government says it will put the film tax credit legislation to a confidence vote. Critics say the legislation would give the Heritage Minister the power to censor film production.

Currently, officials say those censorship fears are misplaced. After all, this is the Heritage Department, not Foreign Affairs or National Defence.

This is the Current.


Caregivers for Seniors

For generations, many Canadians have relied on nannies to help care for their children. But more and more of them are now looking for the same set-up for their aging parents. Agencies that bring foreign workers to Canada say there's been a huge increase in the demand for live-in caregivers for seniors.

Florida Catig is a Filipino nanny who has been hired to take care of 86-year-old Mien Vanheek in her home in Vancouver. The CBC's Lesley Pritchard went out to pay them a visit.

As baby boomers age and spaces in retirement homes get more expensive, many young families are facing a tough challenge: how to care for their aging parents and their growing children at the same time. And nannies are keen to capitalize on the situation, placing careviging resumes online.

Andrea Texeira is an international recruiter with Caregivers.ca, a company that places nannies in Canadian homes. She joined us in Toronto.


Caregivers for Seniors - Critic

Not everyone is as enthusiastic about the idea of hiring nannies to care for the elderly . Pat Irwin heads Eldercare Canada, a company that provides advice for people who need help for their older parents. She joined us in Toronto.


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Moses Znaimer

Back in 1984, media mogul Moses Znaimer began a revolutionary new venture by launching one of Canada's first specialty channels: MuchMusic.

At the time, Moses Znaimer was seen as a visionary for tapping in to youth culture as no other Canadian broadcaster had. By 2008, though, his company MZ Media had its sights set on another demographic: old people. But don't let him catch you using that term. Moses Znaimer is now the Executive Director of CARP, which used to stand for the Canadian Association of Retired Persons but is now Canada's Association for the Fifty Plus. Unfazed by an acronym that no longer works, Znaimer launched its new magazine at a press conference in January 2008.

He also has a new name for aging Canadians, one that 14 million people can claim as their own if they like. It's Zoomer -- combining Boomer with zip. Moses Znaimer joined us in Toronto to explain.


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Working Seniors

Baby boomers have blazed new trails at every stage of life, and it's no different as they approach the traditional retirement age -- in a nutshell, they're not taking the off-ramp.

More and more of them are becoming "working retirees," sticking with their companies or picking up new part-time jobs.

Between 1996 and 2006, the number of Canadians over the age of 65 and still working jumped by 50 per cent. And they're being cheered on by people like Canada's Human Resources Minister, worried about an impending labour shortage. Early in 2008, he implored aging boomers to keep working.

Desmond Shutka is one of the many people who took up the challenge. He's a 54-year-old retired police officer and The Current caught up with him at his new workplace, a Toronto-area laundry service called Sparkle Solutions.

Sarah Welstead hears a lot of stories like that as co-founder of Retired Worker, an employment website for older workers, and she joined us in Toronto; also joining us from Toronto was David Foot, a professor of economics at the University of Toronto and the co-author of Boom, Bust and Echo: Profiting from the Demographic Shift in the 21st Century; also in Toronto was Barbara Moses, a career management consultant, columnist for The Globe and Mail and the author of Dish: Midlife Women Tell the Truth about Work, Relationships, and the Rest of Life.


Last Word - Elder Guitarists

Baby boomers are making their presence felt in the music industry, as boomers with cash, time and a desire to get back in the groove are picking up guitars -- often fairly pricey ones -- and starting to play again.

Vancouver's Tom Lee Music is catering to that impulse, with an event called Weekend Warriors. The Current dropped by the store and spoke with the store's marketing manager. We closed the show with some of that conversation.


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