Questions

Over the past year my mother has become afraid to go out, which has left her quite isolated. Is this a problem? She’s otherwise ok and doesn’t complain. Has your mother fallen in her home recently? Is she eating ok? Have you noticed any other changes in her behaviour? Has she been to see her […]

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Book Report

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others Watching someone experience pain and suffering can have lasting effects on the observer. In this book, authors Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk reflect on those who care for people in great need. Caregivers will find a variety of supportive ideas […]

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Win $10,000 and nominate the caregivers in your life

Each person’s caregiving journey is unique but there is always a common thread: the willingness, patience and dedication that surrounds their commitment to care. Nominate an outstanding caregiver for the 2014 Caregiver Awards now! Submissions are due on September 15th, enter www.canadacares.org!

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Book Report

How to Care for Aging Parents, 3rd Edition: A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues The vast scope of How To Care for Aging Parents covers everything from concrete problems to spiritual dilemmas, and all in between. The book can be read in order, but is also designed to allow […]

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Monster fruit

Also called the pitaya, dragon fruit is known for its vibrant colour and endless health benefits. It is not only low in cholesterol, but its seeds are made up of 50 per cent essential fatty and oleic acids that lower bad cholesterol and raise the good ones. High in vitamin C, dragon fruit contains antioxidants […]

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Tips for enjoying your time together

Recreational and social activities are important for a person’s sense of well-being and may help them feel better. Try some fun activities to support yourself and the person you are caring for. * Have a picnic for a nice change of scenery at mealtime. Spread a picnic blanket out and decorate the area (perhaps with […]

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Questions

Can we arrange for a check-in call or emergency-call button, as well as a nurses’ aide? Who pays? If you are using an agency to hire a nurses’ aide, personal support worker or healthcare aide (and we recommend that you do), you can ask the agency to set up a check-in call. In addition, there […]

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Looking fabulous

Feel great at any age or stage of your life by following these six tips: 1. Avoid the frumpies. Colour your hair, discard worn out clothes and stay clean, fresh and tidy. It’s up to you to figure out what suits your tastes. 2. Use the 50 per cent rule. If four-inch platform shoes are […]

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When my dry cleaner retired…

When I walked in with my usual bundle of shirts months ago, Ed, my trusty dry cleaner, gave me a big smile and said goodbye. No notice, no sadness, just… “I’m 64 and a half, I’ve found a buyer and I’m out of here. And, by the way, I’m having open-heart surgery next week.” Ed […]

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Top tips Tuesday: 10 ways caregivers can care for themselves

Caregiving is a kind and loving act, but due to its constant and difficult nature, it can lead to stress and eventual “burnout.” Try some of these tips to ease stress before it builds up. 1. Reach out to others; join a peer support group or have a standing coffee date with a sympathetic friend. […]

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