Articles written by: Bonnie Sandler

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Let’s Talk About It: Holding onto family history

When we’re young we want to forge a new identity and separate ourselves from our parents and their possessions; when we’re older we want to reclaim them.

Montreal real-estate agents Bonnie Sandler (left) and Mary Lamey. (Photo: Caroline Ronalds)
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Bonnie Sandler: Social worker, real estate broker — and yes, columnist

I used to dream of being a rock star but after years of wasted time and money on music lessons I finally accepted the fact that I was tone deaf.

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Let’s Talk About It: Do the research when considering a private residence

Many complaints can be avoided if proper questions and research are done prior to lease signing.

Let’s Talk About It: Going to bat for your loved one: is it energy well-spent?
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Let’s Talk About It: Going to bat for your loved one: is it energy well-spent?

Lodging a complaint in a private residence is very different than doing so in a public facility. In the public system there is a line of accountability including the possibility of lodging a formal complaint with the facility’s ombudsman.

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Let’s Talk About It: Remembering a wonderful Nanny in her prime

My grandmother always had a unique personality. Nanny was not the kind of grandmother to bake cookies and cook dinners. Dining out and shopping were more her thing.

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Let’s Talk About It: Think before you move homes

After your children have moved out of the family home, your next move might be downsizing to a condo or an apartment.

Let’s Talk About It: Be wary of cold-callers who want to pay a visit
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Let’s Talk About It: Be wary of cold-callers who want to pay a visit

My friend received a call from her elderly mother, asking her to be at her house the next evening at 6. Her mother explained that a man had phoned and was coming over.

Let’s Talk About It: Does your personality match residence living?
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Let’s Talk About It: Does your personality match residence living?

Figuring out whether a move to a senior residence is suitable is rarely an easy task. Making a list of pros and cons can be a helpful tool, but sometimes the scales balance.

Let’s Talk About It: What of the orphaned elderly?
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Let’s Talk About It: What of the orphaned elderly?

Who looks out for seniors who have no family or friends to look out for them? A recent story that went viral caught my attention.

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?