Articles written by: Bonnie Sandler

Let’s Talk About It: Watch out for your loved ones
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Let’s Talk About It: Watch out for your loved ones

After a recent hospital stay, my mother, who lives alone, was sent to a government-subsidized residence to convalesce. It sounded like a good plan. But sharing a room?

Let’s Talk About It: Sibling relationships change as parents lose capacity
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Let’s Talk About It: Sibling relationships change as parents lose capacity

As a parent moves into a world of dementia with increasing care needs, children will often react differently.

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Let’s Talk About It: Choosing a residence for people living with Alzheimer’s

There are 230 certified private residences in Montreal listed on the Santé et Services sociaux du Québec website, making your search for an appropriate residence seemingly endless.

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Let’s Talk About It: Welcome to the 36-hour day

Alzheimer’s lasts for many years, during which time behaviors and abilities change as the disease progresses

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Let’s Talk About It: To try, or not to try – before leasing

You find what seems to be the perfect apartment: location is ideal, you love the amenities, and the price is right.

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Let’s Talk About It: Moving beyond limitations

During my recent holiday I was denied my preferred aisle seat on the plane because I had not checked in early enough. I was seated next to an older lady who required the aisle seat due to her physical disability. Sitting beside her was her daughter. They were traveling together […]

Bonnie Sandler's mom, centred in the far row, enjoys breakfast at McDonald's with her gang
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Let’s talk about it: Dining out for friendship, security

While there are many organized activity centers, some seniors prefer belonging to less formal social groups. Norm, 93 years young, was my late father’s buddy. He recently wrote to me about the PLAY DO group he belongs to: “People Living Alone And Yearning to Dine Out.” Every three weeks about […]

Let’s Talk About It: Fresh air for the heart and soul
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Let’s Talk About It: Fresh air for the heart and soul

Spring has arrived. Along with green leaves and colourful blooms is the desire to spend more time outside. Montreal’s winter was harsh and many of us spent too much time indoors. Many people fear their last years of life will be spent in a nursing home, in a room confined […]

Let’s Talk About It: Who cares for the caregivers?
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Let’s Talk About It: Who cares for the caregivers?

Holidays are especially stressful for family caregivers. Memories of happier times bring a mixed bag of emotions. Friends and family may be less inclusive for parties, knowing that a guest with dementia causes difficulties. The greatest gift you can give a caregiver is your support. This does not include advice […]

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Let’s Talk About It: Magic of music validated with dementia project

I recently attended the 2014 Canadian Conference on Dementia in Vancouver. The focus of the conference was a “person-centred approach to dementia care.” Research presented by leaders in the field proved that we need to offer this approach. This is nothing new to anyone working or familiar with dementia but […]