Audrey Miller

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca The Huffington Post published a blog titled ‘Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying’  which was forwarded to me by my son.   Bronnie Ware,  the author, provides an important message about living without regret. Ms. Ware worked in palliative care and asked her patients if they had any regrets or would have done […]

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca Many families will be traveling this week to celebrate Thanksgiving. If you live in a different city than your parents, the time spent together during the holiday can allow you to see how well they are managing. Be aware of the small things and things that are different. For example, are you […]

Sharing the Caring

by Audrey Miller on September 1, 2016

in Articles & Blogs by Audrey, Caregiving, Elder Care

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca The Change Foundation ‘is an independent health policy think tank that works to inform positive change in Ontario’s health care system.’ They completed an in depth review based on the 2012 General Social Survey of Ontario’s family caregivers. A few of their key findings include: “An estimated 3.3 million Ontarians, 29% of […]

Originally published @ allaboutestates.ca Transportation is a major issue for seniors, especially in rural communities. Losing one’s drivers license triggers many emotions- especially loss of independence. ‘Giving up the keys’ is a common discussion in many households and most often when adult children have concerns about their parent’s driving habits. Statistics Canada[1] report that in […]

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca What does ‘ALOHA’ mean to you? In the caring world- or at least in the Hollywood-type caring world, and in the movie “The Fundamentals of Caring” the acronym stands for: Ask, Listen, Observe, Help, Ask Again. Not a bad message. This is the advice provided to Ben (played by Paul Rudd) by […]

Originally published @allaboutestates.ca One of the most distressing types of calls we receive are from families who have been told by the hospital that their loved one will be discharged…..tomorrow. It is bad enough that their loved one is in the hospital, and to be told that they will be discharged with no time to […]

Originally published @allaboutestates.ca I had the pleasure of attending a ‘hot talk on health’ sponsored by the Change Foundation, an independent health policy think tank. The panelists were Helena Herklots CEO from Carers UK and she spoke on ‘Lessons from the UK’ and Dr. Katherine Arnup, professor, author and caregiver. Carers UK has a rich […]

originally posted @allaboutestates.ca In addition to Fraud Prevention month as blogged by my colleague Elaine Blades on March 14, 2016, this month also celebrates social workers. The theme of this year’s awareness campaign by the Ontario Association of Social Workers,  is ‘Social Workers Help Turn Issues Into Answers’.  Sure, we do that however I prefer […]

Originally posted @allaboutestates.ca on February 18, 2016: Regular readers of this blog will know that I work with financial advisors  and families providing education around the cost of caring.  Education is important so that financial plans can be realistically based on what we can anticipate rather than what we don’t know.  The ‘unknown’ is just […]

Special to the Globe and Mail: RBC Retirement Talk, Jan 27, 2016: Read: Aging in place: How to make your home a retirement haven: Content from RBC Retirement Talk Published Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 8:18AM EST Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 8:18AM EST There’s an old proverb that says, “Home is where the heart […]