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Please Pass the Gravy

Reposted as timeless advice: Now that border crossings have opened, many families will be traveling this week for the American Thanksgiving holiday. If you live in a different city than your parents, the time spent together during the holiday can allow you to see how well they are managing. Be…

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Time to take our heads out of the sand and embrace the challenges and gifts of dementia care

Guest blogger: Sasha Adler MSW, RSW (clinical manager with Elder Caring Inc.) CanAge, just released a startling report  that assesses Canada’s level of preparedness for the “massive influx of dementia patients that experts warn is set to overwhelm our health care system in the coming years”. To help visualize this…

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From Pepper to Grace: our robots are looking more like us….

In February 2019  I visited Shintomi Nursing Home in Tokyo Japan that utilized over 20 different types of care bots.  I had previously introduced you to Pepper, one of their care bots that is able to entertain and lead exercise classes. This past week, I read about Grace  who was…

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A new place to call home……

One of the hardest things that an adult child caregiver has to deal with, is placement of a parent; specifically, a parent with advancing dementia.  There is no roadmap and every situation is unique however there are common threads that we see on a daily basis.  We know that if…

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Higher Costs for Aging Well= Nothing New

On March 25 2021, the Canadian Medical Association published their final report ‘Canada’s elder care crisis’.  In this report they quantify the demand for care, on our healthy system, from a home care and long- term care perspective.  This refers to the demands on the public sector and those on…

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When (Y)Our Help is Refused

“I don’t need anything…. I am fine…… Leave me alone…..” Do any of these refrains sound familiar to you? Last week I was part of a conversation during which a group of woman friends got together to brain storm ways to assist another one of their friends, who has a…

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Compensation as Attorney for Personal Care: Guided by Reasonableness and Proportionality

The 2021 decision in Sasso v. Sasso[1] was recently affirmed by the Ontario Court of Appeal. The Sasso case has a few interesting aspects to it but for the purpose of this blog I focus on the claim for compensation which was made by an attorney for personal care. Although…

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Family gatherings and the 6th wave.

I asked a friend how her holiday family dinners were and she shared an interesting and to me, sad story.  The dinner was being held at her cousin’s home in lieu of it being held at the cousin’s mother’s home as was the usual tradition.  The mother and her sister…

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April 5th is National Caregiver Day

Happy Monday. Last week’s blog stressed the importance of recognizing the gift and sacrifice that Canadians caregivers provide to their family and friends on a daily basis. April 5th is National Caregiver Day when we recognize the nearly 8 million Canadians who care for family and friends who have chronic…

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Supporting Caregivers- Every Day

As we finally say goodbye to March and hopefully our  cold, snowy Canadian weather, I am looking forward to warmer days and resuming our new normal, whatever that might look like.  With April around the corner, our new month starts with National Family Caregiver Day, which is recognized on the…

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