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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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 up or at least to help arrange for alternate care. If you don’t get anywhere, check with her family doctor for advice and a possible referral for homecare. SKIN RASH Recently I noticed my caregiver has a nasty rash on her hands and arms. It’s awkward to ask her about it but I’m concerned it is contagious. You should be worried until you know for sure that it’s okay and that he or she is

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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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Health & Wellness

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

Fresh Caramel Apple Pops

Now here’s a creative twist on the concept of “fruit snacks”! For your next fall party, dress up apple slices with chocolate, caramel, sprinkles, and nuts. Ingredients 2 granny smith apples 8 wooden pop sticks 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted 3 ounces vanilla caramels, unwrapped 1 teaspoon heavy cream or milk 4 ounces milk or white chocolate, chopped or milk or white chocolate baking pieces Assorted sprinkles and/or chopped nuts Directions Core apples and slice

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Spooky Strawberry Pumpkin Patch

Decorate strawberries to look like pumpkins, then plant them in a patch of chocolate cookie crumbs for a fun and festive Halloween dessert. Prep: 25 mins Stand: 1 hr Total: 1 hr 25 mins Servings: 24 Ingredients 2 dozens strawberries 1 12 ounce package orange candy coating, melted 1 14.3 ounce package chocolate sandwich cookies with white filling, crushed Green frosting Directions Rinse and dry strawberries. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside.

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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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Rugelach

These light and flaky pastries, popular among American and European Jews, are adapted from a recipe by Dorie Greenspan, the prolific cookbook author and winner of four James Beard Awards. The crescent shape and layers of filling might look complicated, but the dough is quite simple to put together (hello, food processor!) and easy to work with. Beyond that, it’s really just a matter of rolling, spreading and cutting. These are meant to be bite-sized

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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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