Entries by Catherine Rickwood

Three Sisters Group at TEDx Canberra

“It’s time to look at where we want to go. To create a new future. A different future. A future that utilises and maximises this gift of longer lives.” ~Catherine Rickwood, TEDx Canberra 2018~ September was an exciting month for Three Sisters Group with our Founder, Dr Catherine Rickwood, stepping onto the red dot – […]

The future of work, older workers and the gig economy

Forget the robots. The future of work is already here. Freelancer, Upwork, TaskRabbit, FlexJobs, AirTasker, Expert360 – these are just a few of the many digital freelance marketplaces that are powering the rapidly advancing ‘gig economy’ in Australia. Some companies are even developing their own freelance management systems. And it’s not just younger workers driving […]

Age inclusiveness: lessons from a gerontologist

Have you heard of a geriatrician? Don’t be surprised if you haven’t. They are specialists that we discover when we’re older or when we have elderly parents or grandparents with a range of physical and/or cognitive health challenges. Geriatricians focus on the health of older people – they are like a specialist GP for the […]

Beyond the Great Australian Dream

For decades, Australians have held home ownership to be the mark of status and success in life. However, this ignores the more basic and fundamental role of owning our own home, including physical shelter; physical and psychological wellbeing; and a source of wealth that can facilitate financial security. With home ownership on the decline, what […]

Mind the gap: Does your organisation have the capability to deliver against the customer pain points of the over 50’s?

Mind the gap. If you’ve ever caught the London Underground, this cautionary warning would be familiar. ‘Mind the gap’ is also a valuable analogy for customer pain points in business. A desire to understand and focus on the customer experience (CX) or user experience (UX) is the language of marketers – online or offline. Simultaneously, […]

Can financial planners change the conversation about ageing and retirement?

Yes! In fact at the recent Professional Planners Post Retirement Conference I suggested that financial planners (FP’s) had both an opportunity and responsibility to dig deeper with their clients on understanding ‘retirement’. Typically, clients are seeking clarity about their financial situation. However, in digging deeper, FP’s are likely to discover that their clients haven’t considered […]

Seizing the Damocles Sword of Parkinson’s Disease: the Emotional Core of Innovation

I recently accompanied my father to Solothurn, Switzerland for a neurosurgical operation to treat his Parkinson’s Disease (PD). The surgery has led to an incredible, life-enhancing outcome for Dad. However, by meeting the neurosurgeons and learning more about their little-known but world-leading work, I’ve learned the power of human emotion in driving groundbreaking innovation. The […]