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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…

Watch For The Signs: Knowing When More Support Is Needed

Watch our latest video, “Watch for the Signs” on how to recognize the “red flags” or “taking stock” of the people we care for and their abilities can be tricky to assess. Families often overlook the “signs” that the people they care for may need more help or care than they are willing to admit to. For long Read more…

Preventing dehydration and other heat-related issues in senior

Summer is back, in all its glory. For some it also means an onslaught of heat-related issues, especially for seniors. Lethargy, dehydration, poorer sleeping patterns — just to name a few. We tend to take our body’s ability to regulate itself during hot days for granted, and forget that as we age, we are at 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…

Where there’s a will there’s a way: The importance of a written will and advance care planning

  All of us know the expression, “Where there is a will, there is a way” and perhaps we’ve even used it when we want to motivate someone, (maybe ourselves), that with determination achieving something or anything is possible. As I thought about a topic for this week’s column, it struck me that the same Read more…

Patient as Partners working group buzzing with excitement

  The Patient as Partners – Working Dialogue Group held its two-day conference in Vancouver last week. The BC Ministry of Health recently identified patient-centered care as one of their priorities and the purpose of this conference was to receive input from stakeholder on what patient-centered care should look like in BC. I was lucky Read more…

Recognize the signs of stroke – and know what to do!

When working with stroke survivors, it’s not uncommon for me to hear, “I didn’t even know I was having a stroke” until it was too late. I don’t know about you, but given the physical, emotional and cognitive impact of stroke, prevention is pretty high up on my list. Although I’m not a medical expert Read more…

A personal story – and some facts – about strokes to kick off Stroke Month

My Dad and I always got a kick out of seeing if people could figure out which of the following statements about us were fictitious: 1. We both celebrated the same birthday. 2. We both had brain surgery. 3. We both had webbed feet, making us exceptional swimmers. We got even more of a kick Read more…

How to avoid deconditioning in old age

  Springtime and fitness often go hand in hand. Warmer weather and longer days provide the perfect motivation to put a little “spring” in our step. However, if you’ve been hibernating all winter, jumping back into a fitness regime can seem daunting. We have just the thing and her name is Kim Hamilton! She is Read more…

Assessing your aging parents – and knowing when to seek help

Why won’t my Mother accept help?” “My father won’t stop driving and he has had numerous accidents this year. What should I do?” “My Great Aunt denies needing any help despite evidence of missed meals and unwashed hair. Can you get her to accept help?” Sound familiar? Unfortunately, there are no easy answers to these Read more…

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– Mike G., Nanaimo, BC

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