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Music, stories and the future of work for Canadian Youth — the Go-To Grandma sits down with her guests to dive into ways unexpected ways to improve cognitive functions and inter-generational relationships. Plus, helping Canadian youth develop skills for the future of work.

Go-To Grandma host Kathy Buckworth and her guests tap into the joys of music and words this week. Both can have a positive influence on minds and relationships as people age.

Adriana Barton joins the show first to discuss the effect of music on bodies and brains. Author of Wired for Music — A Search for Health and Joy Through the Science of Sound, Barton talks about the benefits of music lessons taken at an early age and the link between music and mental faculties. Finding that music is an antidote for loneliness and influences memory and cognitive function, she suggests the best ways to get involved in music later in life.

Next, Buckworth welcomes Susan Jasper, Executive Director and Founder of Telling Tales — a charity committed to encouraging grandparents to foster a love of reading in their grandkids. She discusses how a love of books may awaken social and emotional skills and build compassion from a young age. She also reveals her favourite books for grandparents and grandchildren to share.

Kathy Buckworth


Mark Beckles, VP of Social Impact and Innovation at RBC, joins for Take 5 With RBC at the 19:15 mark. Part of Beckles’ role is to lead RBC Future Launch, RBC’s largest-ever commitment to help young people prepare for the future of work. Launched in 2017 as a response to young people sharing they didn’t feel ready for work, RBC Future Launch programs have benefited more than 5 million people. Looking ahead, Beckles and his team are challenging themselves to do even more to ensure the next generation of Canadians is prepared for tomorrow’s opportunities.

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