Young caregivers shoulder the burden

By Pat Irwin When you think of “caregiver”, do you think of a nurse or a Personal Support Worker? An adult daughter? Maybe son? How about a teenage grandchild? Unbeknown to most of us, there’s a hidden army of 1.25 million young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 24 who provide between 14 and 27 hours of care to someone else per week. That’s the equivalent to a part-time job! This unpaid care amounts

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Home Sweet Home

By Kevin Spurgaitis Yes, fancy stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops are nice to have, but what should be more prominent in new housing are accessible design features say experts. Wide doorways

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Getting money back

By Ken Pope, Rafiga Gurbanzade, and Crystal Terris How can changes to the Caregiver Tax Credit—now the Family Caregiver Amount Tax Credit—benefit you and your family? Supporting and caring for

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Caregiving requires grit:

Here’s how to change your story By Karen Warner Schueler Unlike a marathon, however, its distance is unknowable, its course filled with obstacles and we carry the full weight of another’s life while running. Along the way we pass through crises followed by periods of uneasy calm. But we are never not running. Without a doubt, caregiving requires grit. Research abounds supporting all the negatives that befall the typical caregiver, from physical and emotional difficulties, to worries about lack of money and time, to chronic illness and even death. But unlike many, I’ve spent the past seven years looking at caregiving also through the lens of personal well-being. One of my favorite models for helping caregivers is PERMA: Positivity; Engagement; Relationships; Meaning, and Accomplishment. When any of these elements are introduced into our caregiving, we at least have a shot at lowering our stress and raising our well-being. Unearthing the

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Expert advice

BURNT OUT Arthur, my husband and I are worn out. His mother has always been high maintenance, but now she’s got demanding medical conditions and no one but us to

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The scoop

ARE MEN MORE FORGETFUL? Apparently so. Women tend to access their memories faster and perform better in verbal-based episodic memory tasks. One theory links varying brain structures of men and

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Expert advice

VISITING GRANDMA Is it safe for me and my children to visit older adults in our family during this time? Everyone should be aiming to interact closely with as few

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Socially speaking…

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to activities By Rick Lauber Cinderella’s evil step-sisters tried in vain to squeeze their feet into the glass slipper in hopes of winning the handsome prince. Both step-sisters were, of course, unsuccessful

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100 Ways to Feel Better RIGHT NOW!

Have you read any self-help lists lately? You know the ones I mean—“10 ways to solve this” or “15 ways to never do that.” By David A. Thomson Have you read any self-help lists lately? You know the ones I

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How To Make Peace With Medication

Do you resist taking medication for a chronic condition, even though you know it’s essential, maybe even life saving? By Lene Andersen Do you resist taking medication for a chronic condition, even though you know it’s essential, maybe even life-saving?

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When Your Doctor Doesn’t Seem to Care

By Cathy Cassata It’s not just about feelings. When physicians fail to show compassion, it can have a big impact on a person’s mental and physical health. Nothing makes a doctor’s visit more discouraging than an unempathetic physician. But what can you do when your doctor makes you feel like just another number? Whether you’re receiving preventive care or treatment for an acute or chronic condition, receiving compassion from your doctor goes a long way.

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Recipes

Apple Pie Cookies

Skip the effort of a full pie and make these mini pies the size of cookies. You can easily swap the apple butter for any flavor jam you desire to customize the cookies for any occasion. Prep: 20 mins Bake: 12 mins Total: 32 mins Servings: 24 Ingredients 1 14.1 ounce package rolled refrigerated unbaked pie crusts (2 crusts) Nonstick cooking spray 1 cup apple butter or desired-flavor fruit jam Coarse white decorating sugar (optional)

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Almost Aunt Sandy’s Sweet and Sour Salmon

All my other relatives served gefilte fish at holiday meals, but not Aunt Sandy. Instead of breaking the fast on Yom Kippur with gefilte fish, kugel and bagels and lox, she made potage Parmentier, pesto pasta salad and, her masterpiece, sweet and sour fish in a shimmering aspic. In my version, I reduced sugar and substituted balsamic for the sharper wine vinegar. I added raisins and sliced lemons, an idea stolen from a similar recipe

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Pesto Pasta With White Beans and Halloumi

This vegetarian weeknight dinner comes together in under an hour and is made super special with the addition of halloumi. It looks like a fluffy cloud when grated, and it gives the pasta just the right amount of salty tang. Be sure to use a very fine grater, like a Microplane, when you prepare the halloumi, as it will only add to the fluffy effect (which is what you’re after). This is a full meal

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Sweet and Spicy Roast Chicken

A chile-flecked, honey-imbued marinade spiked with fresh citrus juice gives this chicken its fiery, syrupy character. Dates and carrots give the sauce texture and additional sweetness while a garnish of fresh herbs and pistachio nuts lends freshness and crunch. It’s dinner party food at its most flavorful and convenient; its honey marinade makes it a particularly wonderful main course for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. The ingredients can be assembled up to 24 hours

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Expert Advice

BURNOUT COMING  I’ve been rushed off my feet at work and I’m caring for my aunt each evening. It’s exhausting and her own kids don’t even seem to notice or appreciate it. Should I say something? Most definitely. There are many reasons why others don’t step up when it comes to caregiving, some more reasonable than others. You are being very generous but there is no harm in asking for your aunt’s children to step

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Young caregivers shoulder the burden

By Pat Irwin When you think of “caregiver”, do you think of a nurse or a Personal Support Worker? An adult daughter? Maybe son? How about a teenage grandchild? Unbeknown to most of us, there’s a hidden army of 1.25

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Beyond tubs, showers, slips and falls

By Caroline Tapp-McDougall As a caregiver, the bathroom can be the number one enemy when it comes to keeping Mom or Dad safe. We’ve all read lists and info about fall prevention and bathroom accidents, safe setups and tips for

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Caregiving requires grit:

Here’s how to change your story By Karen Warner Schueler Unlike a marathon, however, its distance is unknowable, its course filled with obstacles and we carry the full weight of another’s life while running. Along the way we pass through

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