Category Archives: Elder Care

Alzheimer and Care

When I heard that seven hundred and fifty-thousand Canadians are now living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia and that the number will surpass one million over the next generation, I began to understand the importance of understanding this condition. Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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When Home for the Holidays gets Complicated: My story of Chanukah with my Grandmother

When my bubbie (never heard of a ‘bubbie’? It’s a term used in the Jewish community to mean grandmother!) first moved into the long term care facility at Baycrest, a seniors home and hospital, the furthest thing from my mind … Continue reading

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Day Programs for Seniors

Being elderly, frail, or living with dementia does not have to mean a life of isolation and boredom. Here in the GTA and surrounding regions we are fortunate to have a wide variety of day programs, seniors’ centres and even … Continue reading

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Helping Seniors Stay At Home Safely

One-size fits all is not the way to go when adapting a home to make it safe, functional, and convenient for seniors, according to Dr. Barry Trentham, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto. “There are always some basics,” he … Continue reading

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Out on the Town with my Grandma

A few months ago, my sister and I decided to take our grandmother out for lunch. We went to a sushi restaurant near her home, ordered our meals, and spent the next hour apologizing to our server and to people … Continue reading

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Coping with Caregiver Stress

Caring for an aging parent can take an emotional toll on the most loving of adult children. Today’s “sandwich generation,” – those who are caring for an aging parent and their own children at the same time – is feeling … Continue reading

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No One is Alone: Elder Care Resources

I recently attended an emotional workshop about managing the demands of caring for an elderly parent. Almost everyone in attendance was there because they were caring for a loved one, sometimes in heartbreaking situations.  Unfortunately, their situations are not unique:  … Continue reading

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How to Get the Best out of Health Care

Written by Maria-Luisa Elias, former Workshop Coordinator An unknown author once said that nurses are angels in comfortable shoes; the same is true, undoubtedly, about good doctors, pharmacists, therapists, pathologists, and anyone else who can help you to care for … Continue reading

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Does caregiving “just happen”?

When it comes to our aging population, we’ve all heard the scare stories about underfunded and overstressed hospitals.  Chronic illnesses. Ballooning healthcare budgets. Unregulated nursing homes. The issue of unpaid caregivers at home, on the other hand, doesn’t get much attention … Continue reading

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Thinking about Elder Care

For the past couple of months, our focus here at Intersections has been on parental caregiving — recipes and kids’ crafts, family activities and workshops. But as I was browsing through the Alzheimer’s and elder care resources at the FCO … Continue reading

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