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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…

Helping Children Understand Dementia

“I do remember, and then when I try to remember, I forget.” – Winnie-the-Pooh “Why does Nana call me your name Mommy instead of mine?” “How come Grandpa doesn’t know how to use his knife or fork anymore?” “Dad, what’s wrong with Grandma? She called the toaster a counter and tried to toast her apple.” Read more…

Memorable Care Home Visits with Aging Family

  “I’m among the forgetters. But I’m not an empty shell”. – Richard Taylor, author of Alzheimer’s from the INSIDE OUT Do you remember the first time you stepped into a residential care facility (or in my day, we referred to them as nursing homes, old folk’s homes or lodges)? Was it positive or negative Read more…

How do you know when it’s really time to go?

“I’m among the forgetters. But I’m not an empty shell”. – Richard Taylor, author of Alzheimer’s from the INSIDE OUT Do you remember the first time you stepped into a residential care facility (or in my day, we referred to them as nursing homes, old folk’s homes or lodges)? Was it positive or negative for Read more…

Helping Children with the Loss of a Grandparent

I think it’s safe to say, “Death isn’t easy to deal with at any age”. So how do you explain it to your three-year-old? How do you comfort your eight-year-old when their grandparent dies? How comfortable are you with the whole concept of death? What are you beliefs regarding after-life, if any? How do you Read more…

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“You are amazing! What I tried to do in 2 months, you did in 1 week. You’ve helped us navigate the system, made sense of Mom’s disease, and gave back her independence and control. Thank you for making such a difference in Mom’s life and giving us, her family, complete peace of mind.”

– Mike G., Nanaimo, BC

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