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Mild Cognitive Impairment Does Not = Normal Aging

Are there any other “This Is Us” fans who eagerly awaited episode 10 last week?  Spoiler alert for those who have not yet watched.  Yes, as we suspected, Rebecca was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).   Her diagnosis  is a fitting introduction for today’s blog  as  January is Alzheimers’ Awareness…

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Until Death Do Us Part- or until we need provincially funded care in a LTC

Welcome to 2020!  Truly hard to believe that we are in a new decade. Time seems to have flown by.  As I sat down to write this blog, I wanted to start the new year with some good news.  I thought I would update readers about the long awaited spousal…

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Concerns about Consent for Cannabis Prescriptions in LTC

Last month I wrote about the issue of consent for CPR, explaining that the Court in Wawrzyniak v. Livingstone confirmed that a physician’s duty is to his or her patient and not the interests of the substitute decision-maker (SDM). Treatments that are not believed to be in the interests of…

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Proposed relief for inter-vivos trusts

A recent letter from officials of Tax Legislation Division provides hope for trusts established for an individual eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to qualify for the principal residence exemption. Specifically, the letter addressed concerns raised by an adviser in respect of her client regarding the benefit of the…

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T’was the fight before Christmas: My Holiday Jingle

Back by popular demand, my holiday jingle- hopefully to make you gingle! T’was the fight before Christmas, when all families know, It’s better to forgive than tell them to F. O., Mom probably liked you better, if memory serves, So while I am a P.O.A., she will get what she…

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A Cup of Care: A Pinch of Hope

It is hard to believe that  Christmas and Hannukah start next week.  Truly, where does the time go?  Well, given that we are here I thought I would repost a holiday blog. The holidays can be a wonderful time to spend together with loved ones, remembering the meaning of the…

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It’s Friday afternoon at 4:00 pm & your mom is being discharged home.

This was the frantic call I received from a daughter this past Friday. The hospital was discharging her 90 year old mother but had omitted to confirm that services and follow up medical appointments were in place. Now in many cases, this might not be a problem- depending on the…

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New Guidelines on Provision of CPR in Hospitals

The case of Wawrzyniak v. Livingstone, 2019 ONSC 4900 (CanLII) is a landmark decision that readers may find interesting. It clarifies physicians’ obligations with respect to the writing of no-CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) orders and the provision of CPR in Ontario hospitals. The decision has led to the College of Physicians…

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No, You Can Not Visit Your Mom, Dad…..

There was a recent CBC news article, dated Nov 23 2019, which reported that The Trespass Act was used illegally to keep families away from their loved ones, as they were speaking out about about conditions in Long Term Care and retirement residences where their loved ones lived. The article…

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In Flanders Fields the poppies grow…

Remembrance Day is a significant day in the lives of many who endured the challenges of living during war times. As benefactors of their sacrifice, we sometimes forget that peace is a gift and the high price that was paid for it. Today we have young soldiers who are returning…

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