Baby Boomers

As a professional care manager, I have the opportunity to attend medical specialists appointments with my clients.  Many POA’s for Personal Care are also attending these appointments. As part of our preparation, their medical history is reviewed and summarized including highlighting the relevant reports, X-rays test results as well as including details of current medications; […]

Originally published at www.allaboutestates.ca on February 3, 2015: Caregiving and Work is not a new issue. Caregivers have been juggling work and care for some time. This has been a common refrain from those who consider themselves part of the Sandwich Generation. The Caregiving and Work project heralded by the Vanier Institute for the Family […]

Originally posted at www.allaboutestates.ca on December 8, 2014 I spent the weekend visiting with my mother. Catching up with her also includes hearing about her friends and what is new in their lives. The update I heard about many of them was very similar. Their health was failing and their children/grandchildren were not visiting (enough). […]

Buyer Beware: You Get What You Pay For

by Audrey Miller on November 4, 2014

in Baby Boomers

Would you pay for financial advice from someone who does a little investing on the side? Would you take real estate/home buying advice from the nice guy next door? Would you have your renovation done by a carpenter who has only worked on their own home? Would you have your brakes fixed by the corner […]

Originally posted at allaboutestates.ca on November 4, 2014: Families always want to know if they have the most difficult family, ever. They ask if I have ever worked with such family dysfunction and ask if I know of any other families as difficult or as unreasonable as theirs. My answer? The only normal families are […]

Originally posted at allaboutestates.ca on September 12, 2014 Labour Day is a back to school time and for me this translates into the time to start new projects and a time to take stock of current events so as to be able to plan ahead with anticipation. The September 1, 2014 Globe and Mail Editorial […]

Originally published in allaboutestates.ca on August 18, 2014: With the tragic death of Robin Williams, who touched so many of us with his humour, this week’s blog is about mental health and specifically, depression. The Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health tells us that depression is the most common mental health problem for older adults […]

Originally published at allaboutestates.ca on August 8, 2014 I have been a practicing social worker for over 30 years. During this time I have tried to not “social work” my family. Not an easy feat especially over the last 10 years since starting Elder Caring and having aging parents. This past weekend I returned to […]

Originally posted in allaboutestates.ca on June 9, 2014: My fellow blogger, Jasmine Sweatman addressed the important question of why people are reluctant to appoint powers of attorney. In her May 29, 2014 blog wrote: “Quite often clients believe that if equally ranked substitute decision makers disagree, then either the majority rules or the eldest is […]

Originally posted on May 30, 2014 on allaboutestates.ca I attended an unveiling last Sunday and it was a wonderful reminder of how one’s community comes together to support one another in times of need. An ‘unveiling’ is the Jewish custom when the tombstone is uncovered. I have referenced Maurice Lamm’s 1969 publication The Jewish Way […]