This spring, the Advisory Committee on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, led by former Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins, will release its much-anticipated report.

Pierre Cousineau


Barbara Cretzman returned to a job she loved just one year after she retired because she believes in the mandate of the department and knew they
could use her help to get the Canada Emergency Response Benefits out to Canadians. Photo: Dave Chan

If you look through the federal government’s annual reports about our members’ pensions, you’ll quickly realize they are not the gold-plated pensions often described. However, one statistic may jump out at you: the gap in pension averages between our male and female members.

Cliff Poirier is an award winning volunteer dynamo in Summerside, P.E.I.   Nancy McPhee Photo
Consumers need to be vigilant as scammers become increasingly sophisticated in their approaches.


Photo: Carol Allegri/Reuters
Social prescribing is health care’s cure for loneliness and social isolation. What better time to consider it?


Senior bureaucrat Matthew Mendelsohn has stayed in the shadows  as Canada’s first chief deliveryman, but as the election approaches the spotlight will turn on his “results and delivery” unit to see how many of the Trudeau government’s promises came true.

When it comes to divorce, “70 is the new 30,” according to family lawyer Rick Peticca.

The future of defined-benefit pension plans is increasingly in peril.


From a financial request via an online romantic interest to a threatening call from the taxman, fraud attempts against older Canadians are wide-ranging and constantly evolving in their ability to deceive.

Vera and Bob Smith are typical of many retired couples in Canada — they are house rich and cash poor. They live on old age security and CPP payments, supplemented by a small private pension, and income Vera earns part-time.

Canadian Armed Forces wants to make the transition from its ranks seamless.


Mobility researcher Edward Lemaire watched as a patient, long bound to his wheelchair, stood up and looked around the room.
He marvelled at his own height. And then he started to walk.

Deb Schulte may be new to cabinet, but she is not a rookie about seniors’ issues, having founded the special interest Liberal seniors' caucus.

When Deb Schulte was sworn in as Canada’s minister of seniors in November 2019, she was among eight newcomers to cabinet.

If you're wondering whether you still have to take certain medications, don’t hesitate to bring it up with your doctor or health-care professional.

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted routines and expectations, and complicated even the simplest activities, but it hasn’t shifted our focus on your priorities.

In the lead up to the October federal election, Sage reached out  to all the federal party leaders to speak about Federal Retirees’ four main election issues. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, and Bloc Quebecois chef Yves-François Blanchet all agreed to interviews.

Leslie Gaudette, a volunteer advocacy program officer for the National Association of Federal Retirees, knew from the experience of family members the importance of having powers of attorney for health and finances in place.
Sage, our quarterly magazine, is brimming with engaging and informative articles about issues that matter to members.

Your stories are key to driving our membership focus and advocacy efforts. Sharing stories can give a compelling, authentic look at how real people are affected by issues, actions and policy, helping raise awareness about matters that are important to older Canadians.

Photo credit:  Ishmael N. Daro

Elections are exciting.

To have missed all the fuss over plant-based burgers in the last year, you’d pretty much have to have been living between a bun.


Federal retirees’ pensions are too expensive. They are unsustainable!


While pharmacare is a hot topic these days, there is a less-discussed aspect of prescription drugs that is gaining more and more attention from health-care professionals and patients alike — deprescribing.

Patient Jessie Maisby poses for a photo in the SAM3 apartment at the Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital in Ottawa. Photo:  Politics/Matthew Usherwood

Photo: Mitchel Raphae

Key Points:

What is going on with Alberta’s pensions? That’s a question that was posed to me a couple of times on a recent trip to Alberta.

Cheryl Lamerson and husband Will Brooks greet the crowds while aboard an antique fire truck during last November’s Lunenburg Santa Parade.  Photo: Vicki Mossman-Conrad, Lunenburg

Photo: Aaron Cohen/Canadian Museum for Human Rights


Like many retirees, Barbara and Clarence Nepinak find themselves even busier now than when they were still working full-time. 

Robert Thirsk first went to space in 1996. He initially studied medicine, but when he was a resident at a hospital in New Brunswick, he saw a newspaper ad calling for applications for a new astronaut program Canada was starting. He applied immediately. Photo: Rémi Thériault