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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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Is a cane an ‘enabler’ or a ‘disabler’? What is your point of view?

I work with many seniors who prefer not to use the assistive devices that are prescribed/recommended for their safety and well being. In particular, the use of a cane and the use of a walker seem to viewed by many as an unnecessary attachment and an ‘aging’ device. I feel…

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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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Alberta’s Supported Decision-Making Authorizations

This blog was written by Isabelle Cadotte – Estate and Trust Consultant with Scotia Wealth Management We’re all familiar with Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Personal Directives but have you heard of Supported Decision-Making Authorizations (SDMAs)? SDMAs are available in Alberta for adult individuals who have mental capacity but…

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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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Prayer and Hope for Another Year

(reprinted) Most of us avoid talking about death, but in reality many of us think about it regularly. It may be reading the obits or consideration of the Supreme Court ruling regarding physician assisted death; none of us know what the future brings but death is a certainty. We just…

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When Spouses “Separate” Due to Changing Medical Needs

This blog was written by Christina Papadopoulos, student-at-law at de VRIES LITIGATION LLP. How does a physical separation caused by the admission of one spouse into a long-term care facility impact the interpretation of a will? This was the question posed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Stuart…

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Senior’s Issues and the Upcoming Federal Election

I had a wonderful opportunity last week to be part of panel discussion on CTV Your Morning  to discuss issues that are critical for seniors.  Certainly an important topic as we approach election day. The National Seniors Strategy   is really the document that outlines what needs to be done.  I…

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Celebrating 100 Years Young

Last week I had a pleasure of attending the 100th birthday of one of my (favourite) clients.  She is one of the lucky ones as she still lives in her own home and is able to afford 24/7 care.  She has a wonderful care team who have been consistently providing…

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Homicide in Ontario LTC Homes

Readers in Ontario are likely familiar with Elizabeth Tracy Mae Wettlaufer, a former registered nurse, who confessed to murdering eight senior citizens and attempting to murder six others in southwestern Ontario long term care (LTC) homes between 2007 and 2016. Following her criminal conviction, the province of Ontario established a…

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