Aging gracefully? I prefer confidently, productively and healthily April 27, 2012 RICCentre By Kelvin Ngan @ MaRS Some weeknights, I think of my college “glory days” and realize there are certain things in life I just can’t handle anymore. In the words of Roger Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon, “I’m too old for this stuff.” What stuff you say? Things like: Eating an extra-large pizza at 11:00 p.m. Crashing on my friend’s futon sofa Putting off going to the doctor I could go on, but I think you get the point. Joking aside, as we age, there are other more pressing things to worry about, issues related to our capacity to work and be productive in relation to our health and well-being. According to Statistics Canada, 15.3% of Canadians in the workforce are age 55 or older and approaching retirement. And for the first time in history, there are just as many Canadians in the workforce over 40 years old as there are under this age. As our workforce ages, there will be challenges associated with improving health and increasing productivity for both aging employees and those caring for aging parents. On April 30, 2012 at MaRS Discovery District, the 2012 Business of Aging Summit provided the tools you need to help keep employees healthier, more effective and more fulfilled throughout their careers. Business of Aging features renowned experts presenting: Social programs and online solutions to increase employee health and prevent chronic disease IT-based tools for employees to self-assess their mental fitness and career interests Social networking and home-based systems for employees balancing career and caregiving The Business of Aging Summit is an essential event for senior executives, policy makers, health professionals and researchers at the forefront of workplace wellness. Reposted from MaRS Discovery District. The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.