Elder Care

The Thursday Night Bridge Game

By John F. Tomczak It wasn’t long after I joined the Bereavement Self Help Social Group at hospice that I discovered that my fellow members were a very interesting group of people. They were also very kind and went out of their way to make newcomers welcome. They came from very diverse backgrounds complete with many interesting stories and experiences. The frustrating game of bridge had a great following and…

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Elder Care

Just Who Is The Caregiver?

By John F. Tomczak This is a story about a couple that Claire and I know. We had noticed for some time that Rae seemed in ill health but our concerns were brushed aside However, you only had to look at her husband, Vince, to realize that her health problems were serious. After we learned that she had cancer of the lungs, we suggested to Vince that perhaps Hospice could…

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Grandparenting

Grandparents and the Teen Years

Research shows that most adolescents and young adult grandchildren have positive feelings about their grandparents and that this affection is affected by how much they believe the grandparent values them. We also know that when young adults believe they share a strong, emotionally fulfilling relationship with a grandparent they also believe that grandparent is influential in their lives. As grandchildren get older they do become more independent and they spend…

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Elder Care

Stolen Money and Stolen Health

Financial abuse is one of the most common forms of abuse reported by older adults. From The Canadian Health Network My grandson is taking money from me. Every time he comes to visit me at home, some money goes missing. I suspect that it must be him. I do not want to cause any problems between us since we have always been very close. I might even give him the…

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Lifestyle

Want to Feel Healthier? – Get Connected With Your Community

For each and every Canadian, feeling connected to community plays a key role in how healthy you feel. Results from the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), which takes a close look at how connected Canadians feel from coast to coast, show that two-thirds (64%) have a strong sense of community belonging. Of this group, two-thirds also feel that their health is excellent or very good. Sense of belonging highest…

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Lifestyle

Services For Seniors Guide – A One Stop Shop

One of the most challenging things about being a consumer is not knowing where to go for information, especially when it comes to government services. The problem can be particularly frustrating for seniors. To help, the federal government has produced a helpful new guide, Services for Seniors. The guide is designed for Canadian seniors, those over 50 who are planning their retirement, families of seniors, or their caregivers. It lists…

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Retirement

Life change: Avoiding depression and anxiety after the “gold watch”

For the nearly four million seniors in Canada heading into their retirement years, the road beyond the “gold watch” is full of change and new challenges. Seniors constitute the fastest growing population group in Canada. As the “baby boomers” (born between 1946 and 1965) age, the seniors population is expected to reach 6.7 million in 2021 and 9.2 million in 2041 (nearly one in four Canadians). The transition from work-life…

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Grandparenting

The Importance of Grandparents

In today’s hectic and highly-mobile society, the access of grandchildren to grandparents is not as assured as it used to be. But whether grandparents live near or far, families who actively promote the connection between grandparents and grandchildren can enjoy many psychological and emotional benefits. Grandparents are an integral part of family life In their article, Across the Generations: Grandparents and Grandchildren (Canadian Social Trends, Winter 2003), Anne Milan and…

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Retirement

Retiring Early?

by Heather Camlot The temptation to retire early may be strong. You may want to travel the world or spend more time with your grandchildren — while you can still enjoy it. But can you afford to retire early, and should you? A Royal Trust RRSP Survey indicates that 57% of Canadians fear they may not have enough to retire by the age of 65 and 46% are concerned about…

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Elder Care

Your Aging Parents

What you need to know in case mom or dad has a medical emergency If your parents were to have a medical emergency, could you provide the vital information doctors would need to care for them? Do you know the names of your parents’ doctors? Is your mom taking any medication? Has your dad ever had any surgery? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know the answers to…

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