Articles written by: Bonnie Sandler

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. “Which man, Mom?” asked the daughter. “You know,” answered the mother, “the one who called last year […]

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?

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 […]