MURANews Spring 2020 issue in PDF format
In this issue:
Your Money/Your Health, cont'd
For the first time in MURA’s 35-year history, our MURA newsletter is being published only electronically. The newsletter team and your MURA Council regret that almost 600 retirees who usually are sent their MURAnews by postal mail won’t be receiving this issue because of the lack of availability of printing services, as well as a safe way to prepare the mailing.
“Benefits payable from the [Defined Benefit] pension plans are not impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on financial markets. The plan assets are held in trust, separate from the University’s general revenues. The plans are, and will continue to be, funded in accordance with applicable legislation. The University’s pensioner payroll, delivered by CIBC Mellon Trust Company, remains fully functional and the University does not anticipate payment delays at this time.”The full response can be read here.
Questions about your pension benefit can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MURA Member Survey
As most of you know, MURA conducted a survey earlier this year to collect information to improve MURA’s programs and services, and to determine how MURA can remain meaningful, helpful and relevant to all retirees.
We had a 28 percent response rate, which is excellent for a survey of this type. Thank you to the almost 600 retirees and spousal survivors of retirees who replied. We’ll have lots of information to share in the report that we’ll send to you as soon as it’s ready, but here are some highlights.
The survey respondents have led productive and engaged lives during the past 2 years:
A profile of respondents shows:
My best wishes to you all.
Like most places, the University has made huge adjustments to keep the McMaster community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most employees are working from home, classes are being conducted online, gatherings are postponed indefinitely and new formats are being explored for convocation. However, you can stay connected and informed using the following McMaster web resources.
“Living close to the university means that on most evenings I am able to take a walk around campus, keeping the required distance from anyone else, of course. That isn’t difficult to do. Although there are lights still glowing in labs and in residence buildings where international students are living, campus is quiet – incredibly quiet. In some ways it is peaceful, but I much prefer it when our campus is buzzing with activity.”Another interesting web site, Brighter World, supplies information about projects related to COVID-19, such as:
Brighter World also includes a wide range of articles under the headings Health & Medicine, Science & Technology, Canada & the World, Environment & Sustainability, Culture & Society, and Business & the Economy.
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by Marju Drynan
Many medical alert systems are lightweight wearable devices, about the size of pocket watches, which can hang from one’s neck, wrist or waistband, and can be used in several ways.
Who do they primarily serve? The elderly, of course, especially those among us who live alone or have known health issues that could become emergencies at any time.
Basically, the alert systems allow the wearer to summon help in case of an accident or urgent health related problem. At the push of a button, these devices can connect to an emergency response centre from where attendants can call EMS and/or family members/caregivers, or they can automatically connect you to a friend or family member if that is your preferred option.
Some systems have additional features. These might include automatic fall detection, so if the wearer’s body suddenly changes position too quickly, sensors automatically recognize and respond — no button needs to be pushed. A GPS locator capability can find the subscriber and send help to wherever it is needed, even outside the subscriber’s home; these GPS systems can also find a wandering or lost subscriber.
Costs to get an alert system can be very variable. Every factor, every desired feature, every option comes with a one-time or monthly cost.
Research into how to assess and choose a system would seem to be well worthwhile. Possible resources accessible to most MURA members would include doing a Google search on “How to choose a medical alert system” (ignore the ads at the top of the list of search results). Search results include a column from the online version of Consumer Reports on Health. It is an update of an earlier printed article in the February, 2018 issue and includes a detailed comparison of 9 different systems. A search of the website of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP), using the phrase ‘Medical Alert Systems’ will provide additional information on this topic (again, ignore the ads at the top of the search results). Anyone considering a specific product would also be wise to consult their physician.
Parking Permit Expiry Renewal Reminder
Retiree parking permits are issued on a 12-month basis and must be renewed annually. Renew prior to your expiry date, online or in person at the Parking Office (T32 room 106, or Campus Store). Your transponder number is on the front of your transponder. If you have questions or have not made a note of your expiry date, please contact McMaster Parking Services by email at email@example.com or at 905-525-9140 ext. 24232.
|MURAnews is produced by MURA members Denise Anderson (Production Editor), Helen Ayre (Co-News Editor), Helen Barton, Phyllis DeRosa-Koetting, Marju Drynan, John Horsman, and Mary Johnston (Co-News Editor). We welcome submissions from MURA members.|
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