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Turning Your Family Caregiving Skills Into a Career

September 22nd, 2014

By: Samantha Stauf

Sometimes our careers find us, and other times, we just fall into them. Many people may find themselves fulfilling the duties of “caregiver” without ever having considered it as a career.  Lots of people find themselves in situations where they provide basic care for another person. Some of these are:
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After Caregiving: A Tribute to A Dear Friend

September 12th, 2014


Today I hugged one of my oldest and dearest friends.  I hugged her for a long time, because this was the day of her husband’s funeral.  Kathleen Campbell Jordan married Bill Jordan 47 years ago, ten years before Jim and I tied the knot.  Kathleen and Bill have three grown children – Christopher, Geoff and Suzanne.  Chris has disabilities.  Suzanne Continue reading


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Why We Shouldn’t Read (Sometimes)

September 6th, 2014

The other day, a newspaper headline caught my eye: “The Joyof Not Reading”, it read.

It was an opinion piece about a man whose immigrant parents had told real bedtime stories to him and his brother as they grew up.  …“My brother and I shared a bedroom as kids, and Dad would often come up before lights Continue reading


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Great News Today!

September 1st, 2014

The new paperback edition of my book, “The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned From a Life of Caregiving” (The House of Anansi Press, 2014) is available as of today in the USA at all major booksellers!

Here’s a short interview that aired a few months ago on a national morning TV show in Canada.   It will Continue reading


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The Time It Takes

August 27th, 2014

It was mid morning yesterday when I arrived at my Mom’s apartment and mid afternoon when we ambled out to the car to begin our errands.  In the interim, we’d had toast and coffee, I’d tamed her bedhead hair with spray and mousse, and I’d done a quick alteration on her summer dress.  …Mom’s lost weight and many Continue reading


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The Time It Takes

August 27th, 2014

It was mid morning yesterday when I arrived at my Mom’s apartment and mid afternoon when we ambled out to the car to begin our errands.  In the interim, we’d had toast and coffee, I’d tamed her bedhead hair with spray and mousse, and I’d done a quick alteration on her summer dress.  …Mom’s lost weight and many Continue reading


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The Film ‘Boyhood’: Reflections on Holding On and Letting Go

August 20th, 2014

A date night with my husband Jim doesn’t happen often.  We have fallen into our habits of cooking dinner together, followed by reading or watching a British television drama.  Sometimes, though, a movie or play catches my eye and I peek out of my turtleshell long enough to organize an escape from my comfy chair at home.
This week, we… Continue reading


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Caring for Someone with Meningioma (Brain Tumor)

August 15th, 2014

A friend of our family passed away from meningioma, so I was pleased to host a guest post about caring for a loved one with this type of brain tumour.

This is a Post by Jan Vespremi

Treatment Options For Meningioma


First, let’s talk about the science. As a caregiver, understanding the science of meningiomas—while it doesn’t negate the stress Continue reading


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What to Look for in a Nursing Home for Your Ageing Parents

August 14th, 2014

Guest Post by Juliet Martin

When your parents get to an age that you believe they would be better off living away from their (or your) home in order to receive the care they need, when they need it, you’ll find many nursing homesavailable to you, but the question is; what should you look for when comparing these homes … Continue reading


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Survival Skills for Stressed Out Caregivers

August 4th, 2014

I’ve just come from our family cottage in the north woods of Quebec.  It’s peaceful there – a place for reflecting and remembering.  My Nana built our cottage in the 1920s and my memories are of her making my toast on the woodstove with the sunlight dancing through the wood-framed window.

But the woods can be scary sometimes.  Once, I… Continue reading


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