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Why Personal Networks Are so Important

August 26th, 2016

For over 20 years, PLAN  has been helping people to create their own personal support networks. These networks are usually made up of family and friends, bringing together the those who are already in their lives, as well as helping people to find new connections. We are realizing now more than ever how important relationships and support networks are in…
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HEALTHY AGING WITH MODERN TECH AT HOME

August 26th, 2016

Caring for someone who’s unable to take care of himself or herself can be a taxing, arduous task, but modern technology can make it easier. Not only do the devices on the market today enhance comfort and convenience for seniors, they also free up caregivers’ time and energy by automatically handling chores that previously had to be done manually. Perhaps…
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A Marriage of Playground and Podium

August 25th, 2016

On the surface it wasn’t a match made in heaven, a Quebec ethicist and a former Olympic athlete. One committed to participation in sport for the sheer joy of it. The other focused on athletic competition with a laser focus on winning. Yet the beautiful music they and others created transformed sport in Canada to what most Canadians want –…
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A Marriage of Playground and Podium

August 25th, 2016

On the surface it wasn’t a match made in heaven, a Quebec ethicist and a former Olympic athlete. One committed to participation in sport for the sheer joy of it. The other focused on athletic competition with a laser focus on winning. Yet the beautiful music they and others created transformed sport in Canada to what most Canadians want –…
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The Importance of Having a Will

August 25th, 2016

By Halldor K. Bjarnason, Lawyer How would you feel if someone else was deciding who gets to keep your property, or who gets to care for your children? Not having a valid will requires others to make important decisions for you – often with results that you would not have wanted.  Your province’s Estate Administration Act sets out how your…
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How do parents set up a condo in trust for their son/daughter with a disability?

August 24th, 2016

By Halldor K. Bjarnason, Lawyer  Q:        How do parents set up a condo in trust for their son/daughter with a disability?  How do they work the finances?  A:        This simple set of questions can best be answered with: “It depends”.  As there are thousands of possible variants, it is impossible to give a straight answer without an intimate understanding…
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BEING READY FOR ANYTHING IN THE ER: WHAT TO PACK IN A ‘GO BAG’

August 22nd, 2016

I’m a member of a private Facebook group called One MoreThing, or OMT. It’s a group for parents of children with disabilities, most of whom live in Canada (but all are welcome).  The Facebook group evolved out of the live One More Thing Mom’s group, an extraordinary circle of Ottawa complex care mothers, many of whom have children…
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Enterprising Slums and Favellas

August 18th, 2016

By Al Etmanski One of my more embarrassing gaffes occurred while walking through the Nairobi neighbourhood of Kibera. Kibera is home to two and a half million people and is often described as the biggest slum in Africa. My escort was a woman who had lived there with her children all her life. At the end of our walkabout, I…
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Eight Tips for making your will if you have a relative with a disability

August 17th, 2016

    Complete the Will Planning Worksheet from Safe and Secure: Six Steps to Creating a Good Life for People with Disabilities. This will give you an idea of your assets and help you make decisions. Decide how you want your estate distributed. For example: all to spouse and when spouse dies, split among children in equal shares. Appoint an executor

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USA to UK: How Caring for her Mom Led to a PhD Abroad

August 17th, 2016


I can’t quite remember how I first met Feylyn Lewis. It might have been in caregiving groups on LinkedIn or I might have been impressed by her advocacy for young caregivers on Twitter. Either way, I decided to write to Feylyn and ask her if she would speak to me over Skype. I wanted to know more about this young
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