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The Caregiver Crisis in Canada and How to Navigate It

The Caregiver Crisis in Canada Have you attended a social event lately with people aged 40 to 60? Often described as the ‘sandwich generation,’ they try to care for older family or friends while working full-time, coping with busy family lives, and raising children. No doubt the conversation will turn…

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More Commentary on the Evaluation of Capacity to Consent for MAiD

There appears to be a lack of consensus in the mental health field whether persons with a mental disorder-sole underlying medical condition can be adequately evaluated for capacity to consent to MAiD.

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Ushering in the Year of the Rabbit: Symbol of Longevity

Why is it important to determine a primary diagnosis and prognosis before assessing needs? Let’s get back to basics. If the dispute relates to the care of an elderly person, it is important to determine the person’s clinical baseline based on standardized assessments.

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January is Alzheimers Awareness Month

Happy New Year. It was a busy start of the new year as families were eager to connect, speak with an expert, learn and gather information. As January is also Alzheimers Awareness Month, I thought I would share how my first week in January 2023 was spent with several new…

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Happy Holidays- However You Celebrate (or don’t)…..

Like many families around the world, I lit the menorah for the first night of Chanukah. It is always a magical time to chant a familiar tune that has been passed from generation to generation.  It is a time to remember, not only the history of how the holiday came…

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ELDER ABUSE: A GROWING PROBLEM IN AN AGING POPULATION

Today’s blog is co-written by Jennifer Campbell and Sandra Arsenault, Senior Law Clerks in the Private Client Services Group at Fasken. At the beginning of November, we were fortunate enough to attend the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario (ILCO) annual conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  This conference brings together law clerks…

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Thoughtful Planning is Never a Waste of Time

and most importantly, this is a story with a happy ending 🙂 I  would like to tell you about a friend of mine, who I’ll call D. D’s father developed signs of dementia in his late 70’s. Her mother began showing signs in her mid-80’s, and was formally diagnosed with…

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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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Update on Suggested Amendment for Capacity to Consent to MAiD

I suggest “an appreciation of the impact MAiD will have on family members and friends” be included in fulfilling the proposed amendment of the appreciation test for consenting to MAiD. The proposed amendment would not mandate being bound by others’ opinions, but that that lack of ability to appreciate the views of one’s significant others would demonstrate a lack of ability to apply the relevant information to one’s circumstances.

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Another year and another fresh start: 5783

As is the custom, the start of Jewish New Year was last evening at sunset.  For some, it is a fresh start and a time for reflection.  For those who may not attend synagogue, it may still be recognized and celebrated with family sitting down together for a festive dinner….

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