Articles written by: Bonnie Sandler

Let’s Talk About It: Rescuing Nana: A grandchild’s instinct
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Let’s Talk About It: Rescuing Nana: A grandchild’s instinct

Please welcome guest columnist Mikaela Sandler, daughter of regular contributor Bonnie Sandler. This winter, my instincts saved my grandmother’s life. I belong to a close-knit family, and my maternal grandmother is our matriarch. From the day I was born, she and my late grandfather played a crucial role in my […]

Let’s Talk About It: Personal alarm systems are not foolproof
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Let’s Talk About It: Personal alarm systems are not foolproof

Many of us worry about parents living alone and their ability to get assistance should an emergency situation occur, such as a fall. If you look closely you will see many seniors wearing help buttons around their neck or on their wrist like a watch. While these alarms only work […]

Walking in Montreal’s winter wonderland can be a dangerous proposal
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Walking in Montreal’s winter wonderland can be a dangerous proposal

Montreal winters bring challenges when it comes to walking outside. We are aware of many environmental hazards in the home and can take preventive action against falling. This task is more difficult with the unpredictable condition of Montreal sidewalks. Cataracts and glaucoma can alter the vision of older people, making […]

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Shopping, exercise and common sense

I am a sucker for gimmicks that promise a quick fix to a problem. I avoid shopping channels, which I find mesmerizing to the extent that I am not able to resist some of these miracle products. In my kitchen is an unopened jar of coconut oil that I purchased […]

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Seniors residences: When your needs change, your home should, too

by Bonnie Sandler, BS.W. You struggle with your ambivalence and finally decide to move to a retirement residence. You are able live on your own, but you are tired of shopping for food, cooking and feeling lonely. You visit several residences and choose one that you feel will best suit […]

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Inner artist should be given a chance to blossom at any age

BY: BONNIE SANDLER, BS.W. Many residences have beautifully equipped art rooms with wonderful works of art decorating the walls. Visitors express disbelief that these creations have been produced by people with little or no background in art who may have cognitive deficiencies. Choosing an inspiring activity and hoping that it […]

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Let’s Talk About It: Should senior discounts be available to all?

BY BONNIE SANDLER, BS.W. While the age limit varies, seniors are eligible for discounts at some stores, restaurants, hotels and services. I see children and grandchildren shopping with parents and grandparents in department stores offering discounts on certain days. It could be a great excuse for families to spend more […]