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NEW DRIVERLESS CARS COULD ENERGIZE THE ELDERLY

May 25th, 2016

Maria is a frequent guest blogger here at The Caregivers’ Living Room. Today, I’m thrilled that she’s chosen to write about driverless cars, largely because my Mom wants one – badly. This innovation will be transformative for the elderly and people with disabilities or mobility impairments. Driverless cars? Bring them on! Driverless cars are on the horizon and coming with…
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HEALED, IF NOT CURED – WHAT A GOOD DEATH LOOKS LIKE

May 22nd, 2016

This morning I was scrolling through facebook when a friend’s post caught my eye. Eric Fischer is a disability Dad whose son is palliative and very complex. I always read Eric’s sensitive and searingly personal writing – you may remember that I reviewed his book of poetry here. Today Eric shared a TED talk, “Healed if Not Cured” by his…
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HEALED, IF NOT CURED – WHAT A GOOD DEATH LOOKS LIKE

May 22nd, 2016

This morning I was scrolling through facebook when a friend’s post caught my eye. Eric Fischer is a disability Dad whose son is palliative and very complex. I always read Eric’s sensitive and searingly personal writing – you may remember that I reviewed his book of poetry here. Today Eric shared a TED talk, “Healed if Not Cured” by his…
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Loving Strangers – A Vital Source of Social Innovation

May 19th, 2016

65,000 Vietnamese boat people were welcomed to Canada in 1979. More than half of them were privately sponsored by community groups.In fact, so strong was the outpouring of caring that the Canadian government had to invent a system for private refugee sponsorship that was and is unique in the world. Private refugee sponsorship is yet another example of a major…
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THE PROBLEM WITH HOME CARE

May 18th, 2016

Let me tell you a story.  I have a friend who has a graduate degree, who loves her privacy but also dinner with friends and who loves to read as much as she loves going to the theatre.  My friend is a wheelchair user. She needs help for what healthcare professionals term ‘activities of daily living or ADLs’. That’s a fancy way of…
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Advocate

May 17th, 2016

By Al Etmanski, author of the new bestseller IMPACT: Six Patterns to Spread your Social Innovation I was asked to present at two different events recently which were organized to discuss major policy reform. Ironically the individuals responsible for ‘encouraging’ the discussion were not in attendance. In answer to ‘why?’ the response was, “They would be too disruptive.” Well well.…
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FALL PREVENTION TECHNOLOGY – YES, IT EXISTS!

May 13th, 2016

My Mom is 94 and prone to falling, so I am pleased to host this important guest post by a regular guest blogger here at the Caregivers’ Living Room. Thank you, Maria!
Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries among the elderly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls can lead to broken bones,…
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Happy Nursing Week to All The Nurses on Team Nick

May 10th, 2016

Over the years, we have welcomed nurses into our family.  Community and long-term care nurses are a special breed. They understand teamwork with family and how to make clinical nursing seem like normal home life.  Nicholas has had many, many hospitalizations and we became good friends with our inpatient nurses as well. Our favourites would sing Polish folk…
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Motherhood: The Currency of Need and Love

May 7th, 2016

At the moment of birth, there is suddenly stillness and a collective intake of breath. There is recognition by everyone that a momentous and transformative event has taken place – a miracle.  A new baby is placed on a mother’s breast and life begins. This is the baby’s first caring relationship and it represents the sacred and pure headwaters…
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Never Again

May 5th, 2016

“Making sure it never happens again” is such a potent source of social innovation. This combination of necessity and love is a force of nature. Particularly when it emerges from the hands and hearts of Moms. I see it all the time. I bet you do too. Here are three all-too-short illustrations. Consider the work of Colleen Cardinal who is…
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