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A geriatrician can help aging loved ones
A geriatrician can help aging loved ones

Bart Mindszenthy When my mother was sliding deeper into her years and what eventually was diagnosed as a form of dementia, we were at a loss as to what to do. My parent’s family doctor was doing all he knew how ...

Posted: April 15, 2014|Caregiver|0 comments

Pivotal eldercare year closes
Pivotal eldercare year closes

Bart Mindszenthy In many ways, 2013 will be remembered as a pivotal year in the evolution of the brave new world of eldercare in the family. In Canada, this year marked the start of a more open discussion of the moral ...

Posted: December 6, 2013|Caregiver|0 comments

Newest book on aging and eldercare in the family here this month
Newest book on aging and eldercare in the family here
this month

Eleven years ago, Dr. Michael Gordon, Canada’s leading geriatrician and then head of geriatrics and internal medicine at Toronto’s world-renowned Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and I had the first of our Parenting Your Parents book series published in Canada. ...


Music can help with an aging loved one
Music can help with an aging loved one

A few years ago as my mother was sliding slowly but surely into her own mind’s dark spaces; engaging her become more and more difficult. She’d more or less stopped talking in sentences and for periods of time barely spoke more ...

Posted: August 7, 2013|Caregiver, Columns|0 comments

Lots of support needs, lots of choices: what’s best to do?
Lots of support needs, lots of choices: what’s best
to do?

Families across Canada are more and more facing a dilemma: how to ensure aging parents and other loved ones have the kind of personal care support they need now or will soon. And that’s precisely why we see an increasing number ...

Posted: May 30, 2013|Caregiver, Columns|0 comments

Pain management and aging loved ones
Pain management and aging loved ones

Bart Mindszenthy Pain hurts anyone, anytime. Pain hurts even more for older people whose resilience is lower and who are thinner, frailer, and more sensitive. It’s rather interesting to see how we deal with pain management today, compared to even two ...

Posted: March 1, 2013|Caregiver, Columns|0 comments

Self-care for the eldercaregiver
Self-care for the eldercaregiver

The vast majority of health care professionals are amazingly dedicated to helping others maintain or regain a healthy lifestyle. Regardless of whether it's a nurse or a physician or a personal support worker or any other front line care professional, there ...

Posted: January 2, 2013|Caregiver, Columns|1 comment

The stubborn streak among the aging: Safety issues abound
The stubborn streak among the aging: Safety issues abound

There is an underlying general truism to the art and science of eldercare: watch for the stubborn streak and learn how to deal with it, or else…! In my personal journey of eldercare with my aging parents, it took me way ...


Palliative care: An important end of life alternative
Palliative care: An important end of life alternative

The World Health Organization defines palliative care as “...an approach which improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illness, through the prevention, assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems.” There are ...

Posted: June 4, 2012|Caregiver|5 comments

Technology and eldercare: Delivering much needed support
Technology and eldercare: Delivering much needed support

A close friend not long ago told me about how his father-in-law had to be taken to the emergency room at their local hospital because of suddenly intensified irrational behaviour caused by some form of suspected cognitive impairment.  Once diagnosed ...

Posted: March 8, 2012|Caregiver|0 comments

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