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A hot meal provided by Generations Foundation.
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Generations Foundation: In harmony with Mother Nature

Generations Foundation is in harmony with Mother Nature. From hot summer days at country camps to fresh produce, youngsters enjoy the bounty that nature has to offer. During the school year, students will enjoy a hot breakfast on chilly mornings, have nutritious lunches and energy snacks in the morning and […]

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Smart Shopping: Men, suit up and show your colours

Men don’t shop as often as women. Maybe they’re smarter. Think about how many hours of our lives are spent shopping. Think of the world’s resources—just how many clothes do we really need? While we’re running around shopping, men are chilling somewhere, just relaxing. Men’s clothing has come a long […]

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Legal Ease: ‘Private residence’ and ‘personal services’ clearly defined in law

A “private residence for seniors” is defined in the Quebec Health and Social Services Act as all or part of a building inhabited mainly by people 65 and over. In addition to providing space, at least two of the following services must be offered: meals, nursing, personal assistance, domestic help, […]

Word Nerd: Insidious Britishisms flood U.S. kit
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Word Nerd: Insidious Britishisms flood U.S. kit

A couple of years ago, the BBC asked its indigenous population to relate which barbaric Americanisms most infuriated them. This plea drew countless entries from Brits angry about the bastardization of Shakespeare’s tongue. Here is but a soupçon of the vituperative replies: “Can I get a …” It infuriates me. […]

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Financial Fitness: What the heck is an annuity anyway?

When it comes to retirement income, registered retirement income funds (RRIFs) are by far the most popular choice for Canadians. About 80 per cent of us convert our registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) to RRIFs. But while RRIFs are suitable for most retirees, they aren’t for everybody. For some, an […]

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Let’s Talk About It: Look, listen, double-check to detect neglect

We read stories about neglect of seniors, be it at home or in public or private residential care. It’s an unfortunate, global reality, but some of these sad situations could be prevented if families were able to have a stronger presence in the residence and be more vigilant in “supervising” […]

Flavour Guy: Back to the future with the Roto-Broil 400
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Flavour Guy: Back to the future with the Roto-Broil 400

Rare beef is red, Roquefort is blue. Carrots are orange, but I love a brown roux. As the theme of this issue is colour, I was planning on adding to this doggerel with a full colour-pleasing palate. However, while raw foods come in many colours, the Flavour Guy knows that […]

Barbara Moser and her mother, Eva, at the Times of Your Life Festival in ’89.
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First Person: No family or residence is perfect, but we must try harder

Losing my mother, Eva, in early July was nothing like I thought it would be. I thought I had done what I could to make sure she was taken care of by finding a small residence with people who seemed to love her. I placed her there seven years ago […]

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Let’s Talk About It: The case of the missing seniors’ beds

There has been much media attention paid lately to the lack of public nursing beds for frail seniors. Consider the historical plight of children who were unable to live with their parents. Many were moved from foster home to foster home before finding a permanent placement. It took many years […]

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Financial Fitness: Have business succession plans

If you own a business, you may follow a “do it now” philosophy—which is, of course, necessary to keep things running smoothly. Still, you need to think about tomorrow, which means you’ll want to take action on your own retirement and business succession plans. You’ve got some attractive options in […]