Hiring help at home

Mistakes to avoid along the way By Caroline Tapp-McDougall Your parent’s well-being is linked to stability and routine in this area—and your stress can be reduced with qualified home healthcare professionals by your side. Finding a reliable and qualified care provider or home helper for your relatives requires research. The best advice I can give is to be relentless and don’t compromise on the quality of care, training, and expertise of care providers and their

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Mission impossible?

Dating when caregiving is in the mix By Mary Bart Is it realistic to be a family caregiver and be in a relationship at the same time? A few folks

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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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The Scoop

TIPS, WISE ADVICE AND HELPFUL UPDATES Simple communication Accessibility needs differ, so if you’re having difficulty start with: • Speaking clearly and directly to the person. • Listening and watching for body language or tools they use. • Not underestimating someone’s abilities. • Being patient and asking them to show you. • Asking what and how to do something. • Using “yes” and “no” questions to confirm your understanding. • Asking them to repeat if you don’t understand. • Using the service of a trained communication assistant. Taking care of business Pre-planning—and prepaying—for your funeral spells relief for loved ones. You may not be able to shield your children from the emotionally difficult parts of a passing, but helping not to worry about money and making sure your wishes are respected at the same time is a great gift. Remember, in the days immediately following your death, your assets may

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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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The Scoop

TIPS, WISE ADVICE AND HELPFUL UPDATES PROTECTING YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM THE SPREAD COVID-19 You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

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How happy is your home?

Every home is unique. It has life, characteristics and its own personality. Home is where we wake up every morning and go to sleep every night. Putting down roots and

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Health & Wellness

Editor’s choice

How to Take Care of Old People Without Losing Your Marbles By Virginia Morris Caregiving can be crazy-making, so this author is determined to make you smile along the way. With a quick one night read, you’ll have tips, ideas,

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From Behind a Mask

By Abby Moore Regularly wearing face masks has been an adjustment for many people, but especially for the deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind community. Masks can muffle speech and block the ability to read lips and visual cues. So,

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The Scoop

TIPS, WISE ADVICE AND HELPFUL UPDATES Simple communication Accessibility needs differ, so if you’re having difficulty start with: • Speaking clearly and directly to the person. • Listening and watching for body language or tools they use. • Not underestimating

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Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes? What You Need to Know

By Melissa Grant Have you ever received an unexpected and scary diagnosis? You might go to the doctor but not know what questions to ask, and leave the visit no more enlightened than you walked in. I know just what this is like, as I recently received a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. So, if you have received the same diagnosis as me, here are some questions you might have—and their answers. What is type 2 diabetes?

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Recipes

Strawberry Sponge Cake

Looking for an easy, light and airy cake recipe to make for every occasion, from brunch to birthdays to cookouts? Strawberry sponge cake from Gabriel Gaté’s So French So Sweet: Delectable Cakes, Tarts, Cremes and Dessert is the scrumptious answer. Ingredients 9 ounces caster (superfine) sugar 8 large eggs 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour, sifted 3½ ounces butter, just melted 21 ounces strawberries, hulled 1 ¼ cups confectioners’ sugar 7 ounces cream, whipped until firm Directions

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Charred Cauliflower Stew

Not quite a fridge clean-out situation, this extremely flexible stew can use up much of what you’ve got on hand. It’s vegetarian by nature, but feel free to start the pot with sausage, slab bacon or leftover ham if you’re feeling more omnivorous. If you can’t find harissa, use tomato paste and a pinch of red-pepper flakes for spiciness. Ingredients 2 heads cauliflower (about 2 pounds each) ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for

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Raspberry Choux Puffs

Meet raspberry choux puffs. The light-as-air puff pastries are just as quintessentially Parisian as the Eiffel tower. Save Gabriel Gaté’s recipe from So French So Sweet: Delectable Cakes, Tarts, Cremes and Desserts for a rainy day. It’s definitely involved, but the results are flawless every single time. Ingredients Choux Pastry 1 ounce unsalted butter Pinch of salt 2 ounces all-purpose flour, sifted 2 large eggs 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water Crème Pâtissière 2 cups

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Spicy White Bean Stew With Broccoli Rabe

Ingredients 1 large bunch (or 2 small bunches) broccoli rabe or kale, thick stems separated from the leaves ¼ cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 medium red or yellow onion, thinly sliced Kosher salt and black pepper 2 to 3 tablespoons harissa or tomato paste Red-pepper flakes (optional) 3 (15-ounce) cans large white beans, such as cannellini, butter or great Northern, drained and rinsed 4 cups vegetable or

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Expert advice

SEEKING A TIMELY DIAGNOSIS When is it time to bring in experts, or seek medical attention for one who is experiencing memory loss? Not all memory loss is the same, and some memory loss is simply considered to be a natural part of the aging process. Only a qualified healthcare provider, like your doctor or a specialist, can make an official diagnosis of dementia, or any other condition that may be affecting their ability to

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Family Ties

There is something very special about family for people with diabetes—it’s a lifelong diagnosis and family members will often stand beside you for your lifetime,” says Dr. Jan Hux, chief science officer for Diabetes Canada. She adds that while not

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Hiring help at home

Mistakes to avoid along the way By Caroline Tapp-McDougall Your parent’s well-being is linked to stability and routine in this area—and your stress can be reduced with qualified home healthcare professionals by your side. Finding a reliable and qualified care

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Mission impossible?

Dating when caregiving is in the mix By Mary Bart Is it realistic to be a family caregiver and be in a relationship at the same time? A few folks I spoke to say yes, of course, it’s the only

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