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5 Practical Things to Consider When Downsizing Homes

Downsizing is on my mind lately. My parents, my relatives, my friends’ parents… everyone seems to be talking about downsizing.   It’s not surprising—after the holidays, many families get together and the topic of aging parents…
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How to Talk to Your Senior Parents About Downsizing

For the past 10 years, I’ve been trying to get my parents to downsize their home.   I don’t know if you’ve had to have the “downsizing” conversation yet, but let me be honest with you: this is not always an easy conversation…
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My Parents Have Officially Downsized!

If you had a chance to read this blog post, then you know that I had been talking to my parents about downsizing their living situation. Until recently, they had lived in the home that I grew up in, so making the transition to something smaller…

Insurance Matters That Really Matter!

Insurance is a funny thing - most of us don't take the time to read or understand our policies. Most people don't even take a cursory read through their policies, or for that matter, update them. Life is ever changing and the elements of life…
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The "Just In Case" Tote - Top Items to Keep Organized When a Medical Emergency Happens

On a Friday night, while at University, I always remember my mom telling me to put a $20 in my sock for cab fare home from the club ---just in case. Early on in my life, this was the idea of being prepared in an emergency.   My next…
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Four Steps to Creating an Effective Elder Care Plan

When something goes wrong, it often gets worse when answers are not available. An eldercare plan prevents chaos and provides comfort to distraught family members already shaken when family members face an unexpected trauma. Creating an elder…

Gender Bias and Consequence to Care

Over the past five decades, women’s roles have changed dramatically, while men’s roles have barely budged. Why do the differences still exist? I know that I am not the same as my mother. Yet I find myself, now almost 50, comparing her formerly…
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Downsizing? Think right-sizing instead

Time to downsize?  You're not alone.  This year, thousand of Canadians will make the move from the family home, citing reasons such as retirement, an empty net, loss of a partner or simply the need to cut expenses.  But this won't be our…

The Current Tide of Aging

It is now old news that our population is aging. We know that there are more people in Canada over the age of 65 than under the age of 14. What we need is open dialogue regarding this undeniable fact since it will affect all of us going forward.…