Canada Caregivers

Helping Your Elderly Parent Bathe Safely and With Dignity

Natalie Strouth | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Helping an elderly parent with bathing, can come with some fear or embarrassment for both of you. You want to maintain the person's privacy, dignity and independence as much as possible. It might take longer than it used to for the person to do something for themselves, but the benefits far outweigh the extra time.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress for Caregivers

Natalie Strouth | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

As a community nurse I've heard stories from families who, instead of checking items off shopping lists and going to holiday parties, were taking someone to multiple medical appointments. Or, they were worried and asking me how to keep their mom calm and comfortable at the busy family gathering as her dementia was taking hold.

If You're Going to Hide Your Assets, Leave a Map

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

If an estate trustee is able to discover where the deceased stored important records, this is a great start to information-gathering. Difficulties can arise where the deceased has hidden assets away for safekeeping and failed to make these assets more accessible prior to death.

MP Eve Adams' Expenses Keep Women in Politics

Rachel Décoste | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

MP Eve Adams was called out for claiming $2,777 in personal expenses during the 2011 campaign, that range from trips to the spa and salon to childcare. It is hard to defend an expense claim such as nail salon visits or a $3 cupcake purchased weeks after election day. But some campaign expenses are fair game. Why wouldn't it be a legitimate campaign expense to provide childcare for a mom-candidate while she is campaigning 12-16 hours a day? Do we want more women in politics or not? These factors have kept women in the "weaker sex" category in politics.

Ask Elizabeth: Sometimes with Caregiving, the Crisis Is How You Feel

Natalie Strouth | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

In her weekly column, Natalie answers your questions about caring for a family member or friend who needs extra support -- and caring for yourself as a caregiver. "My daughter is the joy of my life but sometimes I feel incredibly stressed by the daily responsibilities and challenges of her disability. What can I do when I feel like this?"

Are You Deducting All You Can This Tax Season?

Cleo Hamel | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

even with only one or two slips, you should still be aware of the deductions you can claim. And even if you don't claim them on your 2012 return, they could help next year. And that's what paying attention to these overlooked deductions is about: keeping a little more money in your pocket.

Alzheimers: Caregiving, Seven Years Later

Joan Sutton | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png This month, my husband and I enter the seventh year of living with Alzheimer's (AD). The past seven years have been years of learning, of facing the inevitability of age, and what aging means, of stretching myself to accept new responsibilities. I am no longer the only caregiver.

How Caregiving Improves Your Health

Lily Sarafan | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Living
Lily Sarafan

It is a well-known fact that taking on the role of the primary caregiver for a loved one is often so stressful and draining that it can take a toll on your well-being increasing your risk for chronic stress and depression. But studies have found that caregivers do reap real physical and cognitive rewards.

In Support of the Strong-Willed Child

Lori Gard | Posted 12.20.2012 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Dear Caregiver, I am sorry my child lay on the floor today and refused to participate in your class. I also apologize that she further disregarded your implicit instructions pertaining to scheduled activities, not to mention more than once did exactly the opposite of what you requested. Spirited kids are square pegs trying to fit into a round world. They are the ones asking "why" when others are saying "yes." And then some.

Alzheimer's: Caregivers Must Also Care for Themselves

Joan Sutton | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png Yes, when I write about how a caregiver should take care of him or herself, I am talking to myself as well as to others. I know how hard it is. For two years, I did not leave my husband. Like so many others, I postponed my own doctor's appointments telling myself I didn't have the time, and turning down invitations from friends. But firm words from two doctor friends helped me decide to take the occasional afternoon for myself.

The Caregiver's Philosophy: Alzheimer's and Anger

Joan Sutton | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png It seems to me that Alzheimer patients have quite a lot to be angry about. It is tempting to take it personally, to be hurt, to even get angry ourselves. But that accomplishes nothing. We know that, in the end, this is a battle that Alzheimer's will win. But the disease doesn't have to win every round. I try to think of myself and my husband as partners in the fight. If I can calm his anger with a hug or a smile or a word of understanding, we have won at least one round.

The Best Alzheimer's Support Network Is Virtual

Joan Sutton | Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png I have found online support groups to be a tremendous help. I can turn to them any time, in the middle of the night if necessary, skim through the various postings to find the ones that have situations similar to mine. Those postings have provided me with a great learning lifeline. So, I will offer no advice. Each caregiver must find his or her own way. But over the next few postings I will share some things that have worked for me.

If Alzheimer's Is So Common, Why the Stigma?

Joan Sutton | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.pngDespite the 36 million people afflicted worldwide, there is still something of a stigma about the label. Just as cancer used to be a diagnosis whispered in close family circles so do many think about Alzheimer's. It is the crazy aunt or uncle locked away in the attic. The first reaction to the diagnosis is often, like mine, denial.

Feds Issue Unprecedented Number Of Work Permits For Foreign Caregivers

CBC | Posted 02.13.2012 | Canada

The federal government recently issued at least 10,000 open work permits for caregivers from other countries, CBC News has learned. ...

Forced Maturity: New Site Helps Teens Deal With Parents' Dementia

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - When June Shin's husband was diagnosed with early-onset dementia in late 2006, she could find no resources to help her three young children ...