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Celebrating One Million Family Caregivers in BC

Are you among the one million family caregivers in B.C.? May 8 to May 14 is Family Caregiver Week this year. Raising awareness of this societal phenomenon is crucial. The latest statistics show that at least one in four Canadians are caring for someone they love. Of those family caregivers, over a third are also Read more…

How to Negotiate With Your Elders

  One of my favourite cartoons shows a man lying down on a couch in a therapist’s office. The therapist is taking notes. The man says to the therapist, “I love my Dad but he is really difficult to talk to. By the way, are you going to bill me full price for this session, Read more…

Watch for Signs, Don’t Await Crisis

When I was about 25 years old, my grandmother stopped allowing her family and friends to step over the door sill into her apartment. Like the Queen’s Guard (only friendlier), my grandmother would stand at her post and block all entries to her home. She would wave off all forms of assistance with her groceries Read more…

Aging Parents, Adult Children – Learn to Make Life Decisions Together

It’s hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.” – George Burns A grandson is excitedly showing his grandfather his new phone and says, “These phones are so cool Grampy; they don’t have any buttons.” The grandfather reminisces and tells his Read more…

Role Reversal Awkward for Aging Parents, Offspring

“I feel like I’m the parent now and my mother is the child” is a statement I hear by many a worried and stressed out caregiver caring for an ailing parent. When my father had his first of three strokes, a defining moment in how he was cared for is forever etched in memory. We Read more…

Long-Distance Caregiving

  It’s 5:30 pm on a Monday and I’m interrupted from a Board Meeting by a colleague. She says, “It’s your brother from Toronto calling.” 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. My Read more…

What to do when you’re caught in the middle

What kind of sandwich did you order today? Whether a vegetarian, classic club or low-carb choice, many baby boomers have a full plate for lunch these days. Usually between 45 and 60 years old, Sandwich Generationers are raising children younger than 25 years and caring for aging parents older than 75 years. Some are also Read more…

Does caring for aging parents have you caught in the middle?

  Being a parent gives new meaning to the word exhausted. When my three-and-a-half-year-old, falls to the ground after a quick trip to the grocery store and says, “Mommy – my legs won’t work and I’m ‘hausted”, I can’t help but smile inside. If she only knew! I don’t know about you, but some mornings Read more…

Does caring for aging parents have you caught in the middle?

Being a parent gives new meaning to the word exhausted. When my three-and-a-half-year-old, falls to the ground after a quick trip to the grocery store and says, “Mommy – my legs won’t work and I’m ‘hausted”, I can’t help but smile inside. If she only knew! I don’t know about you, but some mornings I Read more…

Improving our Community One Elder at a Time

“The death of an old person is like the loss of a library” – African Proverb This past week brought me two inspirational and very motivating experiences. First, my weekly run in the rain was suddenly filled with a burst of human sunshine when I was passed by a runner, who looked twice my age. Read more…

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– Mike G., Nanaimo, BC

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