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Celebrating Royalty and Nobility in Ordinary Caregiving

January 24th, 2015

“So Brother Matthew locked the gate behind me, and I was enclosed in the four walls of my new freedom.” Thomas Merton
Caregivers like me know how the four walls of home can sometimes close in and feel like a prison.  How to find freedom, satisfaction, meaning and joy within those walls was the subject of my book, “The Four
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Celebrating Royalty and Nobility in Ordinary Caregiving

January 24th, 2015

“So Brother Matthew locked the gate behind me, and I was enclosed in the four walls of my new freedom.” Thomas Merton
Caregivers like me know how the four walls of home can sometimes close in and feel like a prison.  How to find freedom, satisfaction, meaning and joy within those walls was the subject of my book, “The Four
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Understanding the Needs of the Caregiver and Care Receiver

January 22nd, 2015

By Guest Blogger, Fay D. Wein

Introduction: According to a recent study headed by Susannah Fox, associate director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life project, Americans are living longer not only due to advances in medicine, but as a result of the excellent care that is being provided by adult caregivers upon their release from the
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Can We Teach Caregiving to the Masses? Should We?

January 11th, 2015

Here’s a question I’ve been pondering this week: can excellent caregiving be taught?  Imagine the perfect caregiver… someone who listens with their whole being, someone who enables the disabled with quiet dignity and humor, someone who puts their charge in the spotlight, while they retreat to the shadows.  Can these skills and talents be taught to our next…
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The Perfect Caregiver

January 5th, 2015

Let me tell you about a perfect caregiver I know.  Her name is Glenna and she looks after my Mom for a couple of hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Mom’s home care agencies are littered with support workers she’s thrown out – my mother resents needing help and quite often, she takes it out on her unsuspecting caregivers, especially if…
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It’s Scary Being an Aging Caregiver

December 31st, 2014

Growing older always involves some kind of loss.  For my Mom, it meant giving up her beloved car.  To Mom, a car has always represented freedom and independence.  She fancies herself as a kind of Canadian Thelma or Louise – ‘I’ve had it up to my ass in sedate!’ would be her motto (that’s a line from the movie).  I…
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On Birthdays and Christmases Past

December 23rd, 2014

This December 23rd, I am wistful about time passing.  Tomorrow is my Mom’s 93rd birthday.  It seems like yesterday we celebrated her 90th – time is passing so quickly now that I am older.  We met our daughter at the airport last evening and when she walked out of the international arrivals gate, I was struck by how mature, poised…
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Why I’m Not Ready For Christmas – A Personal Update

December 18th, 2014

The lead-up to this Christmas has been out of the ordinary for our family.  Some traditions have been kept: our Christmas tree is up and my freezer is full of baked treats.  Like all seasoned caregivers, I’m used to planning.  I begin my holiday baking on quiet weekends in late October. But I haven’t done all my gift shopping yet…
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RDSP Named One of Top 10 Social Innovations – Global Shapers Ottawa

December 15th, 2014

The history of social innovation in Canada is full of the stories of rebels, innovators, and risk takers. The organizations, people, and ideas highlighted below have fundamentally transformed the systems we live in and have collectively enriched the lives of millions. The definition of social innovation is varied and constantly evolving. For the purpose of this exhibit, we borrowed Frances…
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Desjardins Exempts all Transaction Fees for RDSP Beneficiaries

December 10th, 2014

In January 2015, Desjardins Group will introduce discounts that will help its young members save on service charges and potentially get their monthly transaction plan for free. Also new, members who are beneficiaries of registered disability savings plans will be exempt from all transaction fees. “These discounts for Desjardins members will make our plans more affordable by helping more members…
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