June 13th, 2013
In an unexpected, swift life change, you’re suddenly the caregiver for your loved one who’s been diagnosed with dementia. Your life and priorities have changed forever. As your loved one begins to lose physical abilities and mental capabilities, your life will revolve around caring for them. Knowing what to expect can make the road ahead easier and more manageable to… Continue reading
June 4th, 2013
Forgive me, I have been crying. Today I wept while driving, when I saw an old couple hug on the sidewalk. I wiped my cheeks as I watched the post office clerk weigh my letter and add up the international postage for my letter of condolence to an old and dear friend. Tears come easily and publicly these days, and Continue reading
May 17th, 2013
In my last blog post, I wrote about the messy business of
overriding bad decisions that vulnerable loved ones sometimes make. The
potential for anything from hurt feelings to fisticuffs is clear and present
when families disagree with a vulnerable relative on treatment plans, housing
solutions, care needs or any other matters of daily living. When an adult loved… Continue reading
May 10th, 2013
Vickie Cammack Interview by Silvia Cambie: No, it isn’t Social. It’s Personal.
If you’re like me and spend a lot of time worrying about your aging parents, you should forget about social networking. What you need is a personal network.
I met with Vickie Cammack this week, one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women and CEO of Tyze…, a Continue reading
January 11th, 2013
It’s important to find ways to treat ourselves and those we love. It’s important to celebrate special occasions and to simply celebrate…. even if there is no special occasion. It’s important to celebrate life and love every day, if we can.
So in the spirit of celebration, life and love, I offer you a really good recipe that takes about… Continue reading
October 28th, 2012
This morning I was driving through the rain as I listened to CBC radio. I was relaxed after a hard workout at the gym – always a great state for listening, in my experience. Nora Young hosts SPARK…, a weekly interview radio show about technology and human connectedness. Nora is a quiet person with an unquenchable curiosity for Continue reading
October 20th, 2012
I’m sitting in Langley, British Columbia, and when I look out my hotel window, I see the skyline punctuated with the tips of pine trees. Mountains are snow-capped in the background. I’m here for the “Family Focus Conference” of the Langley Association for Community Living… and I spoke this morning on the theme of the event – “Life Continue reading
October 8th, 2012
Every January Vickie Cammack and I host PLAN Institute’s Thinking Like a Movement. This year we;ve added Social Innovation Generation as a co-sponsor. It is a time to share insights and perspectives about social and environmental change we’ve gleaned form the previous year.
We keep the gathering small and intimate and make sure we have time to enjoy the … Continue reading
October 5th, 2012
Parenting healthy children is challenging, so imagine parenting a step-child with disabilities. Blended families are nearly the norm nowadays and it follows that a contemporary phenomenon will be shell shocked step-mothers or step-fathers and their children who are learning about disability for the first time in their new blended family setting.
Louise Kinross is the communications guru at Toronto’s Holland … Continue reading