Tips for travelling with seniors

  Several of our clients have enjoyed travelling this summer, and we’ve had the privilege of assisting them with their planning. Along the way, we’ve learned a few new things about seniors travelling on their own and with a family member. It seems like a good time to share them. Whether you are taking a Read more…

Older adults at greater risk of being affected by hot weather and sun

  I thought if I wrote about summer and heat perhaps we would be blessed by actually having some warm and sunny weather in the Comox Valley. Wishful thinking… Having come back from three glorious weeks in the Ontario and Interior heat wave, our family spent every day outside in the sun. Transitioning from the Read more…

Four tips for effective distance caregiving

It’s 5:30 p.m. on a Monday and a colleague interrupts me from a board meeting to take an important phone call. It’s my brother from Toronto. The conversation is choppy. It’s Dad. He’s had a massive stroke. Don’t fly home. He was a candidate for surgery and is recovering in hospital. He should be fine. Read more…

Living proof that stroke recovery is possible

  I was going to write about stroke prevention for today’s column. Then I met Ben. Ben is a 44-year-old father, self-made cook and a community support worker. Ben had a stroke in 2008 at age 37; his kids were 12, 9, 6 at the time of his stroke. I met Ben through my work Read more…

Your options for balancing work and eldercare

This, our third and final column on Work and Eldercare, will give you a summary of options to assist in balancing caregiving roles with your work. Many businesses have family-friendly options that can help balance the demands of family caregiving and work. The bulk of major Canadian collective agreements have options designed to increase flexibility Read more…

Tell your boss about your caregiving demands

If only balancing work and eldercare were as simple as a basic mathematical equation! But wait, maybe it is… Assessing work situation + assessing how eldercare activities affect your work = identifying a plan to achieve balance OK, OK, it’s a stretch but a good place to start. Our last column talked about the first Read more…

Balancing work and eldercare isn’t easy

You are in a work meeting and your cell phone vibrates. You ignore it. Two minutes later, it vibrates again. You check the number and see it’s your mother calling. Between meetings you call her back and she tells you she needs to go to a doctor’s appointment this afternoon. You wish that she had Read more…

Family Caregiver Week honours ‘unsung heroes’

One of the biggest social phenomenon to hit our nation moves front and centre during Family Caregiver Week in British Columbia from May 7 to 13. Unpaid family caregivers are “unsung heroes” in B.C. communities and make up over 25 per cent of our population. Family Caregiver Week is an opportunity to increase public awareness Read more…

How to deal with losses that come with aging

My grandmother was a voracious reader. She was equally a discerning reader as she was an avid Harlequin Romance fan; just so long as she could enjoy a good book. She was in her late 80s when cataracts made it next to impossible to read. She went to large print until she couldn’t read the Read more…

Keep updating medical data

I recently received a late-night phone call from a friend whose mother was in hospital after a fall. Needless to say, there was panic and uncertainty in her voice. I started asking some questions around the severity of her mom’s fall, if she was being admitted to hospital, and the physician’s diagnosis and possible treatment. Read more…

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