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HAVING DIFFICULTY ORGANIZING THE HEIRLOOMS? TRY THIS: It wasn’t until Paul Taylor’s first child was born that documenting his family history even dawned on him. Now the native of British Columbia combines genealogy and social networking on Arcalife. Want to create your own personal heirlooms? This new site is chock-full of neat tools to help you showcase your life.


BABYGLOOMER BLUES: “Babygloomers” are being stretched to the limit, according to a survey by the Daily Telegraph. Babygloomers are those forced to dig into their pockets to help both their own children and their elderly parents. Parents help their children through charging them reduced rent in the family home, helping with bills and contributing to the cost of holidays. A report by The Children’s Mutual and the Social Issues Research Centre reveals children today automatically expect financial support from their parents well into adulthood.

The Daily Telegraph survey of 1,800 adults showed almost one in 10 are having to contribute to their parents’ upkeep. Savers are facing the lowest average rate of returns on record, according to the Bank of England. As a result, elderly parents have had to turn to their children for assistance. Two-thirds of those surveyed indicated they would like to support their parents financially but are unable to do so due to their own financial situation. Experts warn this double whammy – with the children on one side and the parents on the other could harm boomers’ own pension plans and leave them at risk in the future.


PEDOMETER POWER: Walking is the top-ranked physical activity for both men and women, according to the Canadian Fitness and Lifestlye Research Institute. You can boost your overall health by taking more steps each day. A pedometer is the perfect tool to keep you motivated. Just clip it on your belt or waistband near the front of the hipbone and start moving. To be considered active, you need to take 10,000 steps a day. To join the highly active set, ramp it up to 12,500 steps.


OLDER VOLUNTEERS TO RECEIVE COMPENSATION: Last February, U.S. Senator Chris Dodd introduced legislation to compensate Americans 50 years and older for volunteer service in high-need communities. The legislation also covered Silver Scholarships of up to $1,000 for people over 55 who volunteer for more than 250 hours in a year. Scholarships are transferable to a child, foster child or grandchild to help pay for college. The legislation passed as part of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, March 31, 2009.

Also in February, Justin Trudeau, MP for Papineau, Quebec, tabled a private-members’ bill on volunteerism in the House of Commons. He called for a national volunteer service policy for youth. “How we reach out to our young people and provide them with opportunities to be relevant is extraordinary important,” Trudeau said. “We cannot just sit back and hope that one day they will feel like volunteering unless we demonstrate to them that we are willing to invest in them to provide them with opportunities to serve.” See also Interview: Where Have All the Volunteers Gone?