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November 26th, 2015

What do caregivers need from the health care system?  This was the question I was asked at a recent online Town Hall event sponsored by The Caring Experience, a new project designed to collect the stories of Ontario family caregivers and develop policy options that will reflect what families want and need from the health care system.  

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November 21st, 2015

My friend and colleague Vickie Cammack and I are co-writing a book of reflections on caregiving.  Vickie and I would love to know your thoughts about our work so far!  This is the first instalment by Vickie from a section we’re working on about how we represent our loved ones to the world.  Does this resonate with you? Is representing your
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Parents of Kids With Disabilities Don’t Get Sick, Right?

November 18th, 2015

This morning, there is a medical appointment in my diary.  It’s not a specialist clinic for our son Nicholas; it’s for me.  I’m going to review my spinal xrays with our GP.  I’ve abused my spine by lifting Nicholas throughout his life and Natalie when she was small. Now, I have degenerative disc disease and my neck and back are
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Your Parent Has Been Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s. Now What?

November 16th, 2015

If you watched “Still Alice,” you will have a better idea of what a person with Alzheimer’s goes through. Especially if you have a parent with this disease, you will know how it feels like to be in their shoes.
“The poet Elizabeth Bishop once wrote: ‘the Art of Losing isn’t hard to master: so many things seem filled with
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How to Help an Alzheimer’s Caregiver (Share This Post With Friends and Family!)

November 15th, 2015

A Guest Post by Vee Cecil Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is an incredible challenge, both physically and emotionally. Often, primary caregivers are spouses who are also aging and sometimes have health issues of their own. It’s not uncommon for Alzheimer’s caregivers to neglect their own health and well-being out of fear that leaving their loved one…
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Taking a Risk For the Sake of Love and Family

November 12th, 2015

Making dreams come true for people we love who can’t get out easily is tricky.  Take my Mom – she’s a 93-year old contrarian full of youthful energy contained in a frail and unforgiving body.   Mom has a dream that she won’t let go: to visit our son in another city about two hours away.  Our Nicholas
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Take The Pressure Off With Tech Aides at Home

November 11th, 2015

Guest Post by Maria Ramos As life expectancies have grown over the years, many people are living longer than ever before. This is undoubtedly a good thing, but it places certain stresses on those who care for the elderly. Besides taking care of an aged parent or loved one, many individuals provide care for disabled or otherwise incapacitated adults and…
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November 7th, 2015

Once, I tried relaxation exercises.  I was hopeless.  In an earlier life, I was an acting student and for actors, it’s important to relax your body and focus intently on listening to others.  For me, there was something infuriating about being told to lie still and concentrate on my breathing.  I wanted to jump up and…
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PLAN Families Realise Major Shift in BC’s Disability Benefits Model

November 5th, 2015

In March 2014 a number of PLAN families met with Minister Stillwell, the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation. The purpose of the meeting was to share our desires and dreams. Specifically we encouraged the provincial government of British Columbia to adopt a new framework for supporting our family members with a disability. The new framework includes: focusing on…
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CAREGIVER STRESS – How to Call It and Slay It

November 3rd, 2015

Right now I’m in Toronto at the annual conference of the Ontario Association of Children’s Treatment Services. I’m learning valuable lessons for ALL caregivers and of course I had to share them here. Today, Sonia Lupien, the Director the Centre for Studies on Human Stress revealed to me how stress works and how it’s possible to understand and…
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