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Looking Back with Hindsight on Travels with My Elderly Parents

It’s summer and time to travel, so for this blog post I will recount two travel experiences with my elderly parents, and share my thoughts on what I did to meet my parents needs, and how I could have made…

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A Change of Pace for Caregivers and Their Loved Ones with Dementia

Last winter, I toured a daytime activity center for adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, who live at home but need constant supervision.  Now that I have seen the operation in action, I can’t think of a better way for family…

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Taking the Fear Out of the Dying Process

Last winter, I toured Good Shepherd Hospice House in Sebring Florida, a hospice residence I heard is highly regarded by families and volunteers.  While there, I learned how hospice palliative care takes the fear out of the dying process, by giving patients…

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Preventing the Most Common Accident That Happens to Seniors

Seniors are vulnerable to accidents that can cause injury and a sudden decline in health.  Falls are the most common accident, and the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations in this age group.  According to Osteoporosis Canada, one-third…

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Avoid Costly Mistakes in Managing Your Parents’ Financial Affairs

It is important to be prepared for the responsibility of managing your elderly parents’ financial affairs, because mistakes can have adverse consequences for both seniors and their families.  My parents appointed my brother and me their substitute…

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The Easy Way to Handle Your Ailing Loved One’s Income Tax Returns

It’s inevitable that most adult children will face the challenge of managing the financial affairs of at least one of their elderly parents.  Preparing and filing an annual income tax return is one important part of this responsibility.  This particular…

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The Power of Freshly Baked Blueberry Muffins

In September 2012, I had shoulder surgery and found myself quite helpless for three weeks while I lived day and night with my left arm harnessed in a sling.  I needed help with the simplest of activities, such as writing, cutting my meat, having a sponge…

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Build a Safety Net for Your Aging Parents

Osteoporosis Canada and the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Chapter of the Alzheimer Society both ran a longer version of the excerpt below in one of their newsletters.  The passage is from the chapter called “Elder Proofing to Reduce…

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Planning for the ‘Not So Golden’ Years

When my mother was 80, she suffered a life threatening mishap, a punctured lung, during surgery to insert a pacemaker.  Her recover took eight months and left her very frail.  In hindsight, I realized that my brother and I were completely unprepared…

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An Introduction to My Blog Posts

Welcome to my Doris Inc. blog.  Let me begin by telling you a little bit about my caregiving journey that eventually led me to write this book.…

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