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Helping children understand death

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…

How to prepare for successful doctor visits with the person you are caring for

When my mother had stomach cancer, I flew back to Toronto to give my siblings a reprieve and support my mom post-surgery. The procedure to remove her tumour was long and very painful. Post-discharge, my mom experienced severe stomach pains, difficulty sleeping and digestive problems.  Heavily medicated (not me, her!) to reduce the pain, I Read more…

Plan Ahead For Your Next Trip to the ER

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit not one hospital but two! After rupturing my Achilles tendon in a squash tournament, I was taken to our local hospital where upon arrival, I discovered I didn’t have my CareCard on me. Which surprised me, as I was certain it was something I kept in my Read more…

How to share eldercare with siblings – without the fisticuffs

I have a wonderful brother. Mind you, he wasn’t always wonderful. In fact, I didn’t officially put him in that category until he was married and had a few kids under his belt. Up until that time and depending on the circumstances, he was either in the “awful,” “overprotective” or “suspiciously being kind for no Read more…

Grandparents – A lifetime of memories

  “What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humour, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.” ~Rudolph Giuliani I’ve just finished baking cookies. As I pull out the ooey-gooey tray of sinful delights, I can’t help but think of my grandmother and a Read more…

Three holiday tips for caregivers

“Just as a puppy can be more of a challenge than a gift, so too can the holidays”. ~ John Clayton When I first read this quote, I laughed out loud. Our beloved puppy (who is now a year old), Buddy, was a Christmas gift to our daughter last year. I truly forgot how much Read more…

How to find help for your aging loved ones in your community

Are you confused or unsure about what kind of help you or your aging loved one is eligible for in the community? Congratulations! You are among the many Canadians who find navigating the healthcare system overwhelming and even a little scary. Many caregivers find the co-ordination role (similar to that of a case manager) the Read more…

Navigating the healthcare system

Mr. Jones is an 83-year-old widower living in his own home. When asked, he’ll tell you he is doing “fair to middling.” He’ll go on to tell you his legs are tired and wobbly and he doesn’t get out as much as he’d used to. He has a scooter, which gets him to town and Read more…

Communicating post-stroke: Tools for coping with aphasia

I recently returned from the Canadian Stroke Congress in Vancouver. The congress was a four-day event all on stroke; from prevention to treating stroke in hospital to long-term recovery in the community. There were representatives from all over the country sharing research, programs and ideas. One of the workshops I attended was on aphasia. Are Read more…

Suicide and depression are major issues among seniors

The pain was so unbearable, that had there been a shotgun in the house, I would have put myself out of misery.” For some of us, reading such a statement might surprise, horrify or shock us. Yet, thoughts about and committing suicide among seniors is more common than most people think. Take Robin Williams’ suicide Read more…

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