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 and hallways; non-slip flooring; reachable and easy-to-use controls, handles, faucets and switches; easy-access storage; raised front-loading appliances; low- or no-threshold shower stalls; and at least one step-free entrance. Together, such features allow people of every age and ability to move in, out and around their

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Featured Stories

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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Aging in place

By Marc Saltzman It goes by different names,“independent living,” non-assisted living” or the preferred “aging in place.” But they all mean the same thing: Growing older without having to move to a

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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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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 everyone may have biological family members they can reach out to in times of need, they can often draw on other circles of support, such as friends or a church group. A perfect match Mirjana Rakic credits her husband of 20 years, Dejan, with seeing her through the many diabetes-related challenges she has faced. A source of ongoing strength By Anne Bokma For people with diabetes, their partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children and friends are often great sources of support. Meet a family which demonstrates this. Family is not an important thing. It’s everything,” says the Canadian actor Michael J. Fox. For those with diabetes, these words are especially meaningful.

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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 Talk to Anyone By Leil Lowndes Needing to meet new friends is often on the agenda for many seniors. Focusing on the lost art of verbal communication and packed with no-nonsense advice, Lowndes offers 101 time-tested hints, tips

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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

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Resilience to the rescue

By Karen Warner Schueler When Jenny’s husband suffered a stroke two years ago, Jenny joined a caregiver support group at the local hospital. “Before COVID-19 hit,” she said, “I met with the support group, live and in person, a couple

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Cooking for one–Yikes!

Making tasty home-cooked meals for yourself requires a little extra effort when it comes to creativity, portion control, purchasing ingredients and preparation. So why not try a few of these useful tips to inspire your meals? After all, dinner doesn’t have to be difficult to be delicious. To start: It helps to follow a recipe that calls for smaller serving sizes. Pick one that uses foods and ingredients you know you already enjoy. When you’re

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Recipes

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Whipped Cream

An easy-peasy no-bake pie is one of those desserts with tremendous bang for its buck, and this peanut butter chocolate one is no exception. All three components — the crust, the filling, and the topping — are made in the food processor, meaning it’s all prepped and assembled and ready to chill in the fridge in just 10 minutes. It also means you only have one thing to clean. Ingredients For the crust: 6 tablespoons

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Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust

Food coloring was so ten years ago. That’s why this gorgeous strawberry pie with strawberry crust gets its vibrant pink hue from freeze-dried strawberries (which you can pick up at Trader Joe’s or online). Just whirl ’em up in the food processor with your flour and butter, and voilà: You have a pretty-in-pink dessert that’ll blow everyone away. About that lattice crust: It might look tricky to accomplish, but it’s deceptively simple to make. But

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Coconut-Tamari Mushroom Soup

Don’t let the mushrooms take all the credit. They’re not the only ingredient packing in umami. Seaweed, or wakame, is a glutamate-rich ingredient that adds to the savory taste to this broth. Ingredients 1 32 ounce container low-sodium vegetable broth 1 pound sliced fresh shiitake and assorted mushrooms 3 tablespoons dried wakame (brown) seaweed, crushed 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 14 ounces cans unsweetened coconut milk ¾ teaspoon salt, or to

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Blueberry, Blackberry and Raspberry Soufflés

The soufflé: It’s something you think you should know how to make (you’re a grown-ass adult, after all). But when it comes to this light and airy dessert, intimidating is an understatement. Luckily, Erin McDowell, author of The Fearless Baker, is here to make the fine art of the soufflé quick, easy and foolproof. “The key is not overmixing,” McDowell tells us. “Be tender with them and don’t slam the sheet tray down. Everyone will think you’re a pro when

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Caregiving

Tips for when someone needs some help at home

To independently care for themselves, an older adult should be able to complete the following basic skills: 1. Bathing and personal hygiene: Wash face, body and handle grooming, oral care and nails. Get out of the shower or bath without assistance. 2. Continence and toileting: Transfer on and off the toilet in time, clean themselves and have bladder and bowel control. 3. Independent walking and transferring: Able to move to and from a chair and bed with or

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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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Aging in place

By Marc Saltzman It goes by different names,“independent living,” non-assisted living” or the preferred “aging in place.” But they all mean the same thing: Growing older without having to move to a health care environment. In fact, 91 per cent of seniors

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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

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