• May 09, 2024 1:30 PM | Anonymous

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  • December 23, 2023 4:19 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings fellow MURA members,
    Annual Pension adjustments (if any), effective January 1, 2024, calculated in accordance with the provisions of the Pension Plans, will be as follows:
    For retirees of the Salaried Pension Plans

    • for those retirees of the Salaried Pension Plan who are members of Unifor hired on or after May 1, 2010, the increase will be 0.35% since the 5 year average rate of return was 5.35%. This is above the 5% required to receive an increase.  
    • for other retirees of the Salaried Pension Plans, the increase is 0.85% since the 5 year average rate of return was 5.35%. This is above the 4.5% required to receive an increase.
    • Details can be found at:

    For retirees of the Hourly Pension Plan

    The increases are calculated based on the Annual Pension Increase provisions of the Pension Plans. The calculations are validated by an external auditor, KPMG, and approved by the Board of Governors.
    Your MURA Council

  • November 09, 2021 2:52 PM | Anonymous

    If you would like to write a piece for the Members’ Corner section of MURAnews please contact a member of the team at
    Mac retirees live coast-to-coast and we want to hear what you are doing, what interests you, what you think fellow Mac retirees should know about our/your community. Any and all ideas entertained. The MURAnews Editor will contact you about upcoming deadlines for submission of material for the next issue.

    • Are you a gardener with tips for dividing perennials or overwintering tubers and bulbs?
    • Have you recently read a book(s) or watched a series that you would like to share with others?
    • Are you a keen cook with new and interesting recipes to share?
    • Have you found some new fun and innovative ways to occupy yourself during the pandemic?
    • Have you ideas for safe social activities or hobbies that we can share?

    If nothing else, this pandemic has taught us the importance of staying connected so, please, reach out and share your experiences with fellow retirees who would love to hear from you. Articles can be submitted to MURA at any time for our Members’ Corner.
    Finally, if you have any photos of your activities and/or hobbies, please share them so that we can include some in MURAnews.
    Thanks for considering.  We look forward to hearing from you.

  • January 27, 2021 6:09 PM | Anonymous

    This information is being forwarded on behalf of Gail Elliot, a McMaster retiree.
    I retired from McMaster University, as the Assistant Director of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, in 2012. Since retiring, I launched a new business - DementiAbility Enterprises Inc. I chose this name because my ultimate goal is to expose the abilities of those living with dementia. The mission of DementiAbility Enterprises is to move research into action through education, and provision of related resources that are designed for professionals, care partners and those living with dementia.
    COVID-19 has added a new level of stress for those who are supporting individuals living with dementia. In an effort to help care partners (families, friends and/or neighbours), I have written a new book for caregivers that clearly discusses important connections between the brain, their loved one's life story, the environment and behaviours. The book helps the reader to better understand behaviours and learn how to address the needs of the person in his/her care. The book is filled with practical tools and common-sense approaches that can be used to enable the abilities of their loved one, and, overall, encourages the reader to think differently about dementia. Thus, the title of the book is "Thinking Differently About Dementia: Tips and Tools for Care Partners".  Since writing the book I have been told, "Everyone who is caring for a loved one with dementia needs to read this book".  
    If people are interested in learning more about DementiAbility's educational events and resources for care partners, professionals and the person living with dementia, visit my website at  (Note:  There are a variety of free downloads - some related to helping individuals living with dementia to understand COVID-19 - as well as other resources such as large print books, bathing guidelines and a book that helps children to understand frontotemporal dementia.)
    Gail Elliot, BASc, MA
    Gerontologist, Educator, Author & Dementia Specialist
    Founder, DementiAbility Enterprises Inc.

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