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Resources for B.C. Caregivers

Each year around this time, I write about Family Caregiver Week in B.C. – May 5-11. It’s something I feel strongly about – acknowledging and recognizing the fact that in our province alone we have over one million incredibly giving and devoted unpaid caregivers who provide care and support for loved ones. The Canadian statistics Read more…

Tips for discussing eldercare with aging parents

  My Mom’s birthday is coming up next month and I’ve realized she’s a year shy of turning 70 years old. It actually alarmed me for the very reason I cause alarm to my friends and clients when I spout off, “If your parents are 70 and over, you need to start talking about future Read more…

Loss and grief are part of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s

  With trepidation, I enter the long-term care facility. Bounding up a flight a stairs, I pause before opening the door to the second floor. The pause is two-fold. I need to search my memory bank for the code to enter the special care unit and secondly, to take a deep breath as I prepare Read more…

Support is available for caregivers dealing with Alzheimer’s and related dementia

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can be challenging and, at times, overwhelming. We remind our clients that their feelings of frustration and anger are normal and valid emotional responses to caring for their loved ones. A certain degree of irritation is normal for anyone in a caregiving role Read more…

Avoiding Burnout When Caring for someone with Dementia

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can be challenging and, at times, overwhelming. We remind our clients that their feelings of frustration and anger are normal and valid emotional responses to caring for their loved ones. A certain degree of irritation is normal for anyone in a caregiving role Read more…

Resources for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease

I want to thank everyone for their feedback regarding column topics. I received a variety of suggestions including grief, respite and advocacy. Starting in October, the column will integrate readers’ suggestions. Any time you wish to submit a suggestion, please e-mail them to me at info@keystoneeldercare.com . Continuing with the education theme, September’s columns are Read more…

Caregiving can be like going back to school

I’m getting the Back to School Jitters. My little girl begins full day kindergarten next week and a week later, I go back to school for the first time in 10 years. I’m enrolled in a Case Management program through McMaster University. Despite the 35-year age gap, daughter and Mom are experiencing similar emotions. We’re Read more…

Caregivers need vacations too – these tips might help!

  Being a caregiver and taking a vacation don’t always go hand in hand. In fact, it isn’t particularly easy for caregivers to book time off. When talking to our clients about taking a break or using respite, we are usually met with some resistance or legitimate concerns: “Who will look after my Dad overnight?” Read more…

Tips for travelling with seniors

  Several of our clients have enjoyed travelling this summer, and we’ve had the privilege of assisting them with their planning. Along the way, we’ve learned a few new things about seniors travelling on their own and with a family member. It seems like a good time to share them. Whether you are taking a Read more…

Four tips for effective distance caregiving

It’s 5:30 p.m. on a Monday and a colleague interrupts me from a board meeting to take an important phone call. It’s my brother from Toronto. 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. 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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