“Sure Mom, I’ll help.” As soon as I spoke the words, my internal thought was, “I do not have time or energy for this! Why did I agree to help?” Sometimes we just say yes automatically. We feel emotionally tied to a situation or we feel an enormous amount of guilt and before we even think what […]
Grandparents play a vital role in families: as family caregivers to young children while Mom and/or Dad work, receiving care from their grandchildren and at times moving to live with adult children. A recent report from The Vanier Institute of the Family highlighted the following statistics:
I suspect the majority of parents with school-aged children across the province are silently cheering about the start of the school year. Yes, I am one of those parents. My daughter is going into Grade 5 and although we’ve had a marvellous summer filled with many amazing adventures, it will be nice to get back […]
Featured this month in Inspired Senior Living, this is the story of a family honouring their mother by finding a creative way to to support the people they are caring for with alternate housing arrangements and the outdoors. Read it here.
Navigating difficult or awkward conversations can, if not handled correctly, create conflict between caregivers and the people they are caring for. Whether it is someone caring for a relative with a disability such as a brain injury or developmental disability or an adult child caring for an aging parent, avoiding conflict or dealing with tension […]
Financial abuse happens more often than many people think. In fact, it is the most common form of abuse. It is estimated that one in twelve seniors experiences some kind of financial abuse. Sometimes financial abuse happens just once such as when a stranger steals a wallet or a dishonest tradesman overcharges for a repair […]
Many caregivers ask, “What’s the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?” Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to the many different types of dementia. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for approximately 64% of all cases in Canada. Other types of dementia include vascular dementia, Pick’s Disease, Lewy-Body and Creutzfeldt-Jakob […]
With trepidation, I enter the long-term care facility. Bounding up a flight a stairs, I pause before opening the door to the second floor. The pause is two-fold. I need to search my memory bank for the code to enter the special care unit and secondly, to take a deep breath as I prepare myself […]