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Self-Compassion For All

It becomes understood that happiness is not dependent on circumstances being exactly as we want them to be, or on ourselves being exactly as we’d like to be. Rather, happiness stems from loving ourselves and our lives exactly as they are, knowing that joy and pain, strength and weakness, glory and failure are all essential Read more…

Speaking Up & Getting What You Need After Brain Injury

  Speaking Up & Getting What You Need After Brain Injury with Wendy Johnstone, MA (Gerontology) Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:30 – 3:00 pm Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, 90 Commercial Street Suffering a brain injury or stroke is an overwhelming experience that takes from you a sense of control, over your physical and mental health, and Read more…

Caregiving: Unexpected Changes

My Dad is 95 years old and honestly, some days I can’t believe he is still alive. I’m his only daughter and caregiver. I’ve been looking after him for 4 years now. In those years, we’ve had pneumonia, a broken hip and a stroke. What I’ve really learned is there are always unexpected challenges. I Read more…

The Ins and Outs of Hiring Private Care

In the past few months, Family Caregivers of BC received numerous calls from individuals asking about how to hire private care, through an agency or an independent care provider. Most cases we come across involve care for the elderly. Hiring private care is sometimes an option in other cases involving other disease specific illnesses or Read more…

Coach Caregiver, aka Wendy, LIVE to Answer Your Caregiving Questions

Join me and the fantastic Jodie McDonald, Executive Director for the Cowichan Valley Caregivers Support Society, for our final live Coach Caregiver session of the year, next Thursday, Dec. 15th at 6:30pm. Wearing my Family Caregivers of BC hat, Jodie and I will answer your caregiving questions drawing on tips learned from recent webinars – Read more…

Advance Care Planning Isn’t Just For Seniors

  “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”  ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit This quote reminds me of my mom. No, she wasn’t a dragon. Not in the literal sense anyway (I am in so much trouble when she reads this!) She did, however, drill the Read more…

Just Put Me In The Cheapest Cardboard Box!

No fancy casket for this middle-aged gal. Seriously, put me in the lowest end box, cremate me and then party up a great life lived, with a few tears and plenty of laughter! BUT unless I’m willing to have someone do this illegally (and I can’t say I have many friends that’d be willing to Read more…

Why Don’t You Want To Plan For Your Demise?

Last week, I was on a panel to talk about #AgingWell in BC. One of the biggest themes emerging was the importance of PLANNING for the future. The subject remains taboo for many; after all, who wants to explore their decline in health and function let alone their mortality? Unfortunately, failing to plan adequately for Read more…

Panel of Experts Talk about How to Age Well

Do you have a vision of how you want to age? Do you have the resources to make it happen? Join a panel of experts (including me!) on aging well. We’ll talk about everything from healthy aging to housing to finances. Whether you are 55 years old or 75 years old, you’ll walk away with Read more…

Your Life Can Change In An Instant

Bill McCracken went to bed one night feeling like a 40 year old and woke up the next day feeling like a 90 year old. A stroke will do that to you. But that doesn’t mean life is over. For the past few years, it’s been such an honour to work as a Community Navigator with people Read more…

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