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 - MJ & Julie 

If the Boot Fits . . .

falls safety seniors Jan 27, 2019

We have all had that dreaded moment just ahead of a fall on an icy sidewalk, set of stairs, or slippery floor. Maybe we were already treading cautiously, recognizing that the walk would be tricky. When outdoors, perhaps we didn’t notice until it was too late that a thin layer of ice or wet leaves would make walking slick at best, unsafe at worst. The risk is even greater for seniors with mobility or sight issues, or other medical conditions that put them at risk of falls.

With winter...

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Hoarding Disorder: What you should know

Uncategorized Jan 20, 2019

With a new year well underway and Marie’s Kondo’s Netflix debut on tidying up streaming, it is no surprise that many of us feel the need to create a fresh start and revisit our possessions. This can be very positive, but for many of us, possessions are a link to the life that we have led and help us tell our personal story.  For others, there is an even darker side to a lifetime of collecting possessions: hoarding. Hoarding is now officially recognized as a mental...

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Helping a Senior Declutter - Tips for Caregivers

Uncategorized Jan 11, 2019
 

What may seem like a simple ‘New Years’ Clean up project to help declutter a senior’s home, be aware of some common issues that may arise. 

Many of us use the month of January as a time for reflection and renewal.  With that, often come the decision to declutter, clean, simplify, purge and organize. Caregivers may decide it good time to ‘help’ a senior do the same.  Understand that this may emotionally challenging and handled with sensitivity....

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New Year's 'Resolutions' 2019 - TAKE Time

Do you think New Year’s resolutions are useful tools? 

I have mixed feelings, and in general I don’t look at January differently  than any other month, but this year I have chosen to reconsider.  Rather than ‘resolutions’, I have decided to use this that as an opportunity to refocus my priorities. 

These days are busy; many of us are in the sandwich generation, caring for younger and older individuals while balancing personal and work...

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Shifting Holiday Traditions

In this festive season, it’s important to appreciate traditions of the past. Be selective, and maintain the ones that  mean something. There is no need to do it all, and  it may make sense to repurpose them in some way, or dispense with a few. You may also be surprised about what matters to different family members. Ask them. Something that seems unimportant to you may be significant to someone else. It’s also heartening when a younger generation asks, “when are we...

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Holiday Tips for Caregivers - Get Organized

caregiver roles holidays Dec 13, 2018

The holidays are a time when friends and family gather, reminisce and create new memories.  Most often, there is laughter, food and drink, and a festive vibe.  As a caregiver to a senior, though, the holidays may bring some added pressure.

Caregiving roles can take many different forms.  We have looked at them from 3 different perspectives - that of :  Caregiver Living Near, Caregiver Living Away, and Solo Caregiver.  

It may be useful to look at not only your...

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The BEST (usually FREE) Holiday Gift for You & a Senior – But Act Soon!

It may be hard to find the perfect gift for a senior (and for yourself). 

What would you think if we could suggest a gift that is (usually) free, could improve your own wellness, and potentially save a senior from serious illness or death – but needs to be acted upon soon? 

Too good to be true?

What if we told you it was a simple flu shot?

Yup, that’s it. 

The holidays are wonderful time for catching up – but they are also a great time to share illnesses with...

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Predatory marriage: What’s love got to do with it?

An issue that has received considerable media attention lately, and for good reason, is what is called “predatory marriage”.

An example was highlighted in the recent Australian case of the so-called “toyboy”- in which a man in his late 60s, Colman Folan, befriended and married Joan Blass, a widower in her late 80s. Neither told her children who lived nearby of the marriage; it came to light only a couple of years later after her death when Folan took over burial...

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