When your loved one is living in a care facility and no longer able to express herself, who will speak on her behalf? We hear the good, the bad and the ugly of residential care. Horror stories make headlines, when fragile seniors are abused or neglected. We react with shock [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]