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WHAT CARING FOR AN AGING PARENT CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT YOURSELF

Two Ladies

Changing roles, health issues, family dynamics, financial pressures and housing transitions can challenge the ability for caregivers to stay balanced and connected with the seniors they feel responsible to.  We all have our own work and family responsibilities, so how do we stay focused on meeting the needs of our aging parents through what can often be a difficult time …

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THE STRENGTH OF HOPE

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I received an email last week from a loving husband by the name of Cameron, who has gone through a long caregiving journey with his beautiful wife, Heather.  Heather was diagnosed with a very rare and deadly cancer called mesothelioma after the birth of their first and only child.  They recently participated in a short video about her cancer experience …

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ELDERCARE 911

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Long distance caregiving can present many challenges for family members when trying to be there for parents who are aging.  Last week I received a frantic call at 10:30 pm from the daughter of one of my clients that I provide ongoing senior care monitoring for.  She attentively cares for her parents as best she can while living out of …

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THE IMPACT OF DEMENTIA

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As many families care for an aging Loved One, the impact of dementia can enter the picture.  Statistically, the numbers are staggering.  In 2011, 747,000 Canadians were living with cognitive impairment, including dementia – which is 14.9% of Canadians aged 65 and older.  By 2031, this figure will increase to 1.4 million. (From: A new way of looking at the impact …

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When Driving Becomes A Concern

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Hanging up the keys is one of the most difficult decisions to discuss with an elder in the family. Driving is about freedom and independence and it is not something that is easily given up. It symbolizes a passage that many older adults do not want to enter. Who can blame anyone for not wanting to let go of driving …

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Stopping To Smell The Roses

MUM AND I2

I attended a breakfast networking meeting the other day and we were asked to speak about what sets us and our business apart from others.  It’s good to have a question posed that makes you stop and reflect on who you believe you are and what the intention is behind your actions. My very first job at the age of …

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How to talk to your senior parent about moving

Daughters Mom

Various reasons present themselves for encouraging a parent to make a move out of their home. Safety concerns probably rank highest, as well as the development of early memory loss. Elders living alone can often experience isolation and making a move to where there are other people their own age to relate to can have positive benefits. Loneliness can have …

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My Own Experience – Moving Mum

Blog Mum2

I have helped many families move through necessary transitions as the time is reached when it is no longer possible for a senior to continue living in their own home. For my own family, this turning point was reached for my dear ninety year old mum this past weekend. She gratefully has four daughters who are able to work closely …

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