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What is the deadliest room in the house?

November is still Falls Prevention Month.  With the rude awakening of last week’s snow and the icy walk I had today with Ziggy, I thought I would share a previous post. Seniors account for over 40 percent of people hospitalized for injuries. At least half will experience minor injuries and…

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A New Way to Plan for Death

Today’s blog is being brought to you by guest blogger, Jennifer Campbell, a law clerk in the Private Client Services group of Fasken LLP. I recently came across an article talking about death doulas. Yes, you read right, death doulas. While I’ve heard of doulas helping pregnant women come up…

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“Death be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so…” – John Donne

It is never easy when a loved one dies. Only adding to one’s grief is the fact that the administrative tasks to deal with a death can be complicated. There is any number of loose-ends to address and specific steps to take to bring finality to a life well-lived.

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Today is Election Day

Today is election day across Canada.  Voter turnout in the 2015 election for Canadians 65 and older was 83%.  We have a voice and one that needs to be heard and yes, we can make a difference. Like many readers of today’s blog,  I am a baby boomer and what…

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Back to School and Young Carers

Starting our second week after Labour Day, means our children are getting back into their routines.  For some it is school sports, hanging with friends or extra school activities but for many, it might mean a shift in their caregiving duties and less time for themselves. It is therefore fitting…

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What an Attorney for Personal Care Can Do

In Ontario, a power of attorney for personal care is defined in the Substitute Decisions Act (SDA) and allows the appointed attorney to act as the substitute decision maker (SDM) for an incapable person. The appointed attorney is given the authority to make decisions such as: medical treatments, admission to…

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Thou Shall or Thou Mayest- You Choose

Honour thy mother and thy father- a familiar refrain that we learnt as part of the Ten Commandments.  Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, this really was not something we had a choice in- it was expected. Many boomer caregivers today feel this continued expectation when it comes to…

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Standing Together

Last week I attended the funeral of my mother’s dear friend and spent a few days reminiscing with long time family friends.  No one wants to be the last woman standing as saying goodbye appears to get harder and harder; especially as there are fewer and fewer around to provide…

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Summer is Around the Corner…….

Many of us like to take summer holidays and for caregivers, this brings some extra things to consider. Should you decide to vacation with your older parent, there are some pre planning tips that can make this journey more enjoyable for both of you. Firstly, know what type of holiday…

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Ending Loneliness, A Spare Bedroom and A Shortage of Affordable Housing

June is Senior’s month in Canada. As you know we have more seniors living than young people under age 15 and even though numbers are high, seniors often find themselves alone and unfortunately for many, they are lonely.  I have  previously blogged about the appointment of the British Minister for Loneliness…

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