Canada Caregivers

Finding Out if Mom's Memory Loss is More Than Forgetfulness

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.25.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

The big "A." The elephant in the room. The dreaded disease you've been forced to think about thanks to Dear Alice and Glen Campbell and so many others whose stories have raised awareness and brought Alzheimer's right into your living room -- and now, maybe right into your life.

How I Became an Alzheimer's Advocate

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

But from the moment my mother and grandmother shared with me my grandfather's diagnosis, everything changed. Though my role as national director of sales and marketing memory care for one of the country's largest providers of assisted living was still the same, my motivation was completely different.

Do You Have Concerns About a Family Member's Driving?

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Driving is an activity of daily living (ADL) just like getting washed, dressed or cooking. It is an activity that we learn to do once the skills needed to drive have matured. In order to drive safely, we rely on the fine-tuned integration of the necessary physical, visual, cognitive-perceptual, and behavioural skills.

Managing the Emotions of Caregiving

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Impact
AlzLIVE

Alzheimer's caregivers are amazingly successful at juggling all of the things necessary to meet the needs of their loved one, but each day they're simultaneously learning how to juggle the many emotions they experience. Anger, guilt, fear and frustration are just a few of the complex emotional balls they are trying so hard to keep in the air.

How to Recognize the Signs of Elder Abuse

AlzLIVE | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

It is not always easy to recognize elder abuse, particularly if you are the victim. Yet elder abuse is, unfortunately, prevalent in our society. The good news is that there is increased awareness with respect to the existence of elder abuse and its many forms, and numerous resources available to help.

How to Identify Your Parents' Caregiving Needs

AlzLIVE | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

As we became a young adult, our relationship to our parents became different. We still turned to our parents, but more for guidance and support. Never did we imagine or expect that one day we would be the parent to our parent. When did it happen? When was the shift? Now we are the ones in the "worry seat."

How to Make Long Distance Caregiving Work

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

There are some things we can do from a distance to increase our full understanding of their situation, to improve the communication we have with them, and to manage the risks inherent in long distance (and close distance) caregiving. All of these suggestions can be done via the internet and phone.

When You Break the Promise to Never Put a Loved One in a Nursing Home

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

There are promises we keep, and promises that as the years go by, we have no choice but to break. If we made a promise to never put our loved one in a nursing home and now discover we have no other choice, the guilt and heartbreak we feel can be overwhelming. But there are some ways we can cope.

Finding New Ways To Honour Dad

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Special occasions such as Father's Day can be looked upon with apprehension and anxiety when you have a loved one who is living with Alzheimer's or dementia. While the challenges do exist, it's also a good time to reflect, find new inspiration and a way of honoring dad.

Canada Needs a National Strategy for Unpaid Caregivers

Nicole F. Bernier | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Nicole F. Bernier

The impacts of informal caregiving commitments do not remain confined to the home: they are felt in the Canadian workplace and reduce productivity. They translate into 2.2 million hours of reduced effort in the workplace every week and cause an estimated $1.3 billion productivity loss annually, says the report.

You Can Reconnect With Your Loved One Living With Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

As Alzheimer's disease progresses and the person becomes more and more disconnected from the world around them, caregivers so often, and so unintentionally, lose their way. That's okay, in part because there's no manual for this, no right or wrong. But there are ways that caregivers, like Ed's, can reconnect with their loved one.

How Dementia Patients Benefit From Gardening

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Even if your loved one has never been an avid gardener, introducing them to blooms now could be a good idea: this green hobby has been shown to benefit dementia and Alzheimer's patients. Long-term care facilities sometimes refer to it as horticultural therapy -- the connection that dementia patients develop to past and future through tending plants, indoors or out.

Elder Mediation Could Soon Become a Staple in Age-Related Care

AlzLIVE | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Mom has Alzheimer's disease, your siblings refuse to talk to one another, and your kids are too busy to lend a helping hand. Somehow, all the caregiving duties have been left to you. What to do? Call an elder mediator. The practice is much like other forms of mediation.

How to Help Someone With Dementia Sail Through Airport Security

AlzLIVE | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Navigating through an airport with a family member who has Alzheimer's can be a nail-biting excursion. Unfamiliar surroundings heighten confusion, impair the ability to follow directions and trigger agitation -- none of which you want to experience as you're getting body-scanned by airport security. Here's how to get through it all with as little hassle as possible.

Advice for Dementia and Alzheimer's Care

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

People living with Alzheimer's and dementia can exhibit a broad range of responsive behaviours, such as wandering, verbal repetition, sexual behavior or angry outbursts. For caregivers, dealing with responsive behaviours can be a frustrating and exhausting task. But there are answers.

Tips For Caregivers On Dealing With Grief and Loss

Eva Zatrak | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

As there will be some special days that make it painful, you can plan ahead. If you have recently lost your father, than make sure you're with supportive individuals on his birthday, or on Father's Day. You will want to surround yourself with people who respect your grieving process. Make sure you accept the love and support of your friends and family members.

Caregivers Often Get Depressed, but There's an App for That

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Impact
AlzLIVE

Because of the tremendous load caregivers sometimes take on, they are more likely than their non-carer counterparts to develop mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. These websites and apps aim to make those days more manageable.

Don't Forget to Care For Yourself When Caring For Someone With Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Those caring for someone with Alzheimer's are at particular risk for poor health. A study published in the American Journal of Nursing found that caring for someone with dementia caused "more severe negative health effects than other types of caregiving".

I Need a GPS To Navigate Canada's Healthcare System

Anne Day | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Anne Day

Right now the strategy seems to be to make it as difficult as possible for families to navigate the system and find the care their loved one needs. There are so many rules which means that the patient isn't eligible for this or doesn't qualify for that.

When My Husband Was Diagnosed With Brain Cancer I Became a Caregiver

Heidi Wilk | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Living
Heidi Wilk

Six years ago, my husband Matthew was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiform, the most common and deadliest of brain cancers. As Matthew's primary caregiver, I've come to recognize that coping in the face of a terminal illness is a learned skill, and sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error to figure out what works.

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?"