Laugh & Learn with Downsizing Diva

A couple of years ago, if you'd told Gail and I that we would be posting on FaceBook, tweeting and thinking about writing a blog, we would have said, "No way!"After all, we are both "women of an age" and this whole social media thing is for young people.Or is it?...more

Family caregivers

Family Care Giving Facts by Jocelyn Courtney on 10/28/12 Family members, friends and neighbors make up the vast caregiver population in the U.S. - a groupthat is estimated to number about 65 million people, or 29 percent of the adult population, according to the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)....more

85 YO Mom and BFF Lunch - Catfight Almost Ensues!

LUNCH WITH TWO WOMEN NAMED JOAN When she was ten, my mother met a girl who shared her first name. They quickly became best friends and stayed so for the next 73 years. Together they shared schoolyard memories, weddings, and years of family get-togethers. But in the year and a half since my father passed away, my mom had not been able to see her best friend, Joan, because they live an hour apart and neither could drive on the freeways. (Though unfortunate for them, likely countless lives have been saved by their motoring absence.)...more

Media Exploit Caregiver Burnout

It is so interesting that the media has picked up on this topic. While it is true, murder is sensational, it is so not the right way to support caregivers. As I wrote about a few weeks ago, when Mr. Snelling killed his Alzheimer diseased wife and then shot himself, I feel very badly for his family and others who resort to violence; they have the burden of both deaths....more

Coping with the Stresses of Elder Care: Doctor visits and You

In my previous post on Elder Care issues, which I called Speaking Up For Yourself, I set out some tips for those caring for an aging parent, on how to start speaking up for what you need and what you want.  For me, as my mother aged with dementia, speaking up was an essential skill for regaining some control over my universe. I often think back to that time (my mother passed away a year and a half ago), on what I could have done differently or better.  Here are some things related to speaking up that I found invaluable. ...more

Elderly Couple Reunited - Love Conquers All

Wonderful news since my last post! After hearing about the elderly couple Ken and Dusty McKay, who after 62 years of marriage had been placed in separate care homes by Interior Health, I am elated to now report they are reunited. I’m sure this comes as a result of both media attention and public outrage as there was some pressure to bare on the health authority....more
@victorias_view Me too and I truly hope their story helps change policy.more

Health Authority Comes Between 60 year Marriage

You would think the healthiest medicine is to be with the one you love. However, two seniors found out that after over 60 years of marriage the thing that would come between them was Interior Health. IH is a health authority that was set up to serve communities in the interior of British Columbia. It provides many services which includes Seniors Care and boasts on its website “we’re working hard to provide a range of health care options that promote independence, choice and dignity.”...more You are welcome and thank you for commenting. There are so many layers to ...more