‘The Talk’ invokes discussion, arguments, tears, laughter and every other emotion, all of which are perfectly natural. While it’s one of the most important talks in a person’s life, there’s no need to dread it if you keep these tips in mind.
Pat M.Irwin is President of ElderCareCanada. She founded the company in 1999 to meet the need for effectively managing the family dynamic between seniors, their adult children and adult siblings, including:
Options for support, housing and care
Relocation assistance including moving and house clearing and staging
Ongoing care management
Eldercare / family mediation
Expert opinions for families undergoing mediation and litigation regarding elder care costs and effort.
She is a certified professional consultant on aging (CPCA), as well as holding a BA from the University of Toronto; is an Associate of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (AICB) and is certified in mediation from the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor.
Pat is a Professor of Distance Learning at Centennial College, developing and teaching modules in the Retirement Communities Management Certificate program offered by the Ontario Residential Care Association (ORCA).
She also offers onsite lectures and Webinars on eldercare topics and supports corporate Employee Assistance Programs as well as her private practice.
Media includes print and on-line publications including as Caregiver Solutions Magazine, Help’s Here, Dialogue and Comfort Life; she has been quoted in The Globe & Mail’s Report on Business Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Macleans and Canadian Business magazine. Radio includes Classical 96.3fm, and CBC Radio including Fresh Air, The Current and Definitely not the Opera; TV includes Discovery Health television, CTV’s Canadian Business Television and Comfort Live TV.
Personal interests include a 25+ career as a singer, board member and volunteer fundraiser with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, as well as various board memberships in the arts and health care community.
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Posts by Pat Irwin
With so many home care providers out there, I’m overwhelmed. What criteria should I use to find the best care provider for my mum? New caregiving agencies seem to emerge constantly. It’s essential that you feel comfortable with a caregiver’s ability, reputation and affordability.
Imagine buying a car. You’d check ads, articles, the Internet, and talk to friends. You’d think carefully about the size of car, the features that are must-have’s, its intended use and, above all, your budget. You’d visit a few dealers, ask a lot of questions, do a test-drive and strike a deal you felt comfortable with.
Approaching a move to a retirement home isn’t much different!
The traditional definition of family is changing in Canada, with four in 10 first marriages ending in divorce, as reported in the 2006 census. For the first time in Canadian history, there are more unmarried people than legally married people.
“Boomerang?” The terminology may differ, but every hospital unit knows them – the patient is discharged, but despite everyone’s best efforts, is soon re-admitted with the same health issues, landing right back onto the ward. What causes the boomerang, and how can it be prevented?
Parents, adult children and finances – a recipe for misunderstanding and confrontation, or an opportunity for generations to work together? Is it possible? Decidedly, it is – but, like all good things, it takes awareness, co-operation and planning. It’s essential to understand the dynamics that motivate both generations.
The news is full of horror stories about long waits in Emergency rooms. Is there any point in even taking my elderly parents there? How can I be sure they are seen quickly? It’s important to understand how Emergency departments run, the alternatives, and some tips for preventing a health crisis. Here are some guidelines:
The gist of brain fitness programs is the phenomenon of ‘brain plasticity’, which is a relatively new discovery that the brain, rather than being a static organ, actually changes throughout one’s life. It has been proven that changes in neural pathways and synapses, caused by changes in behavior, environment and neural processes, can continue well into adulthood.