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

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

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Relocating your parents

It starts with a conversation  By Carol Nelson Many adult children will eventually face the decision of when to move mom and/or dad closer to home. Aging in place has

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Worried about your parents?

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  • Avoiding Nursing Home
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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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Tips for breaking unwanted habits

Some habits that we develop as caregivers are useful and have a positive impact on our lives. However, others are unwanted and may be difficult to break. Looking at how the habit started in the first place is a good first step, then:  1) Focus on the change you’d like to see and why? Write down all of the reasons. 2) Slow down and be mindful of your responsibilities and the impact of your actions. 3) Think about specific reminders or triggers that cause the behaviour you’d like to change. 4) Ask for help from a friend or trusted professional. 5) Start small. Be mindful and take it step by step. 6) Say,“What could I do differently?” 7) Be patient with yourself and others. 8) Celebrate your successes, not your failures.

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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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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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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

Roast Halibut with Cherry Tomatoes and Bone Marrow Croutons

This is a very exotic and healthy dish that’s so big on flavour. That comes from the fish, of course, but also from its accompaniments. Cherry tomatoes are available year-round and they’re always sweet — when you use them in this fashion, you create a great base sauce that heightens the sweetness of the tomatoes. Bone marrow butter adds a rich element and that great beefy flavour. The bone marrow croutons are surprisingly versatile: you

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Easy Roasted Zucchini with Garlic and Tomato

A traditional Greek-Cretan recipe: zucchini roasted with tomato, garlic and olive oil until tender and velvety. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes Ingredients 5-6 small zucchini no longer than 5-6 inches Olive Oil 3 cloves garlic sliced thinly 2 to matoes chopped or 12-14 ounces about 400 grams chopped tomatoes Chopped parsley salt/pepper Instructions Preheat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celsius) Wash the zucchini

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One-Pot Greek Zucchini Rice

This one-pot zucchini and rice recipe is another delicious way to enjoy zucchini the Mediterranean way. Zucchini and rice are cooked together along with herbs for this creamy and velvety dish that will become a favorite in your house! Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 34 minutes Ingredients ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion finely diced 1 pound zucchini chopped in 1-inch pieces ⅓ cup medium grain rice

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Greek Zucchini Fritters with Feta and Herbs

These unbelievable delicious traditional Greek zucchini fritters are made with plenty of herbs and feta and are so easy to make. Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Ingredients 1 1/2 pound about 700 grams zucchini washed (not peeled) 2 eggs 3-4 ounces 90-110 grams grams)crumbled feta 1 large onion finely chopped I passed it through the food processor 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint 1

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Caregiving

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,

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The Scoop

STAY CLEAR OF FACEBOOK GAMES How many times have you responded to a social media game or quiz that asks questions like… • How old were you when…? • What was your first car? • What’s your mother’s maiden name? Sounds like

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Tips for breaking unwanted habits

Some habits that we develop as caregivers are useful and have a positive impact on our lives. However, others are unwanted and may be difficult to break. Looking at how the habit started in the first place is a good

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Sticks and Stones: 60 Years Later

By Katherine Schneider, PHD A disabled woman’s advice for adults and teens on dealing with bullying and cyberbullying. I was born blind and grew up in public schools. Hurtful teasing, bullying and shunning were regular parts of my childhood and,

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