Contributor : Amy Friesen


The holidays can be challenging for someone with dementia. Here are some pointers on how to make your family celebrations dementia-friendly.

8 Things To Do For Unplanned Situations In Your Aging Years

There’s no escaping the reality that we’re all living longer—or perhaps, dying longer.

7 different ways to pay for assisted living or memory care in Ottawa

Assets and income streams that can help cover your parents’ monthly living expenses while they’re living in an Ottawa area retirement community.

Should my grieving parent move?

You’ve lost one aging parent and now you’re not sure whether the other one can live safely on their own. Should they move? Some things to consider.

My parent doesn’t want to live with people their own age

It’s not uncommon for people well into their 80s or even 90s to refuse to move to a senior living community because they “don’t want to live with old people”. Find out why they might be saying this and how you can respond.

10 things you can do to lower your risk of getting dementia

Can you name 10 things you can do to reduce your risk of developing dementia?

Pointers on sharing the life story of your parent with dementia

Your mom or dad has dementia and you’re concerned that if they move to a retirement home, they’ll be a stranger to the staff there. 

What to Take to a Memory Care Unit: 7 Things to Consider

If your parent with dementia is moving to a memory care unit, they won’t be able to take a lot with them. Here’s advice on what to pack. 

Helping a parent with dementia settle into memory care

You’re planning to move your parent with dementia to a memory care unit at a retirement community, but you’re worried that they’ll have a hard time adapting to their new home. In fact, you’re beginning to have second thoughts about whether you should go ahead with the move at all.

Thinking of getting your aging parents to move in with you?

Your aging parents are running into health issues. They’re living on their own, and you’re concerned about their safety.

Why Paying a Downsizing Expert Can Be Worth the Investment

People who help their downsizing parents shed some of their possessions are often caught off guard by how huge a task it can be.

Checklist offers one less thing to worry about if your aging parent has a health crisis

Your mom or dad had a health scare in the past, but right now they’re doing fine (knock on wood). Just the same, you can’t help but remember the anxiety you felt when you still weren’t certain how things would turn out. 

Making personal care decisions for a family member in Ontario

What happens when you can’t make decisions regarding your own personal or medical care? Let’s say you’re temporarily incapacitated. Who can make them for you?

Should My Parent Downsize or Stay in Their Current Home?

When your parent reaches a certain age, their current home may begin to feel like it’s too big for them. Keeping it clean and maintained is becoming a hassle. If they’re widowed, the absence of their partner may make the place feel especially empty.

Music project awakens the brains of people with dementia

Music can be powerful medicine for anyone, but especially people with dementia. 

Popular Dance Moves of the 40’s

Do you remember dancing to any of these with your parents or grandparents?

New to Caregiving:It snuck up on me! Now what?

For many of us, caring for an aging parent(s) follows a natural progression over time. However, care needs can change and situations can shift. Sometimes those changes are sudden and profound, and other times slow and subtle. 

1940's Cars

Cars have definitely changed from the 1940s! Here are some fun facts we have gathered!

14-Day Self-Isolation No Longer Needed for Some Seniors Who Move into a Retirement Home

Until recently, the Ontario government required that all seniors moving into a retirement residence self-isolate for 14 days.

This could have been a big concern if you were contemplating a move to a seniors’ community, particularly if one of your motivations for moving was to form new social connections.

Top 5 favourite foods of the 1950's and 1960's

The 1950s and 1960s were foundational years for many of the foods we still enjoy today. Many will remember these as staples in their home.