Posts in Category: Senior Care

#Team Aging – Tips on how to work as a family team on behalf of an aging relative

January 21st, 2014

In terms of caregiving, most of the articles available discuss the “caregiver”, that is, the singular person who provides the care for an aging relative, which is most typically an aging parent. In reality, there may be one person who …


Aging in Isolation is not the answer – #Team Aging

January 20th, 2014

“My mom is getting older.” “My dad is losing his memory.” “My grandmother is no longer able to drive safely.” All of these statements are about one person, a mother, a father, a grandmother. This is how our society describes …


Elder Abuse – How to Recognize the Signs and Protect Yourself (or your loved one) by Me Marion Dana

August 29th, 2013

It is not always easy to recognize elder abuse, particularly if you are the victim. Yet elder abuse is, unfortunately, prevalent in our society. The good news is that there is increased awareness with respect to the existence of elder …


Senior Nutrition

January 31st, 2012

Seniors are at risk of not having their daily nutritional needs met. This can be a result of many factors such as decreased mobility, medication interactions or side effects, cognitive deficits, isolation, climate barriers and mental health issues.

What are …


Montreal private social workers: filling the gap

November 9th, 2011

Let me start by saying that I am a firm believer and advocate of the public system in Montreal, and in Quebec at large. I feel that the public is entitled to receive services and support from the system into …


“Difficult family discussions: Tips for helping my parents plan for their aging – and helping my adult children understand and respect my wishes.”

June 1st, 2011

I hear it from both sides. Some seniors telling me that they try to have discussions with their children regarding aging and planning for their future, such as living wills, mandates in the case of incapacity, funerals, illness, housing, etc., …


“Mandate homologation and the opening of a protective regime: psychosocial assessments”

May 3rd, 2011

What is a Mandate in the Case of Incapacity?

This is a, “document in which a person, known as a mandatory, while in full possession of his faculties, appoints another person, known as the mandatary, to see to his protection …


Communication and the Exchange of Information with Health Care Professionals

February 23rd, 2010

written by: Stephanie Erickson, MSW, PSW, LCSW

If you have aging parents, you are most likely concerned about their physical, emotional and cognitive health. As your parents get older, they will have medical appointment after medical appointment with a variety …


Long Distance Caregiving: Tips to Managing Your Aging Parents’ Needs

February 15th, 2010

Written by: Stephanie Erickson, MSW, PSW, LCSW

As our parents age, it becomes harder and harder to feel secure that they are safe and healthy in their home. This becomes even more difficult if we do not live nearby and …


Home Safety Checklist for Your Aging Parent

February 8th, 2010

Written by: Stephanie Erickson, MSW, PSW, LCSW

It is very scary to know that our parents are living alone in their home as they begin to lose physical and cognitive functioning. We want to respect their decision to remain autonomous …



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