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Marathon Caregiving

By Wendy Johnstone on Aug 8, 2017

Long-term caregiving isn’t uncommon. The biggest risk of marathon caring is “hitting a wall.” Being a successful marathon caregiver takes skill and endurance. It’s about knowing the course, running in a pack and keeping your eye on the prize. Read more...


Summer Holidays

By Wendy Johnstone on Aug 1, 2017

Like most people, during summer months, the desire for family caregivers to get away for a weekend or an extended vacation is often top of mind. Going from contemplation to implementation can create a great deal of stress for both the family caregiver and the care recipient. Read more...


Balancing Work and Caregiving

By Wendy Johnstone on Jun 7, 2017

Almost 28 per cent of Canadians combine paid work and caregiving. The majority of caregivers experience wonderful feelings of fulfillment by giving back to the person they are caring for and enjoy strengthened family relations. The strains of caregiving, however, take their toll. Read more...


Self-Compassion

By Wendy Johnstone on Apr 28, 2017

It turns out that when we are kind to ourselves or showing self-compassion, it leads to increased feelings of happiness, optimism, gratitude, and life satisfaction. It’s even linked to better coping and resiliency in the face of demanding life situations, such as caring for someone else. Read more...


Acknowledging Loss

By Wendy Johnstone on Apr 3, 2017

The experience of loss, regardless of age, can cause emotional pain or a disruption in our lives. Losses can be minor or major and relative to how the person experiencing the loss perceives it. Read more...


Start the Conversation

By Wendy Johnstone on Mar 7, 2017

Advance care planning isn’t just for seniors or those facing a critical illness. A process of thinking about and sharing your wishes for future health and personal care, it’s for everyone, including family caregivers, the young and the healthy. Read more...


Fit for Her Adventures

By Wendy Johnstone on Jan 3, 2017

England, Wales, Normandy, France, the Camino Trail and hours of desert hiking in the Palm Desert. These are just a few of the exciting places Greer Rosequist has hiked in her lifetime. Read more...


Generally Speaking

By Wendy Johnstone on Jan 2, 2017

Family caregivers often struggle with not knowing how to speak up and get their message across to key people involved with the person for whom they are caring. Read more...


Pack Your Bags!

By Wendy Johnstone on May 1, 2016

Travelling is an activity many British Columbians relish. Most would agree travelling when healthy is the best way to fully enjoy the experience, however, when medical conditions or mobility challenges are present, it can still be a wonderful adventure. Read more...


Home is Where the Heart Is

By Wendy Johnstone on Feb 1, 2016

Ninety per cent of individuals and couples want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. In an ideal world, we would all live in a particular dwelling for as long as we felt able Read more...


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