THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: It’s Time to Change The Way We View Exercise For Frail and Critically Ill

I’m posting this guest post from http://evidencenetwork.ca because my Mom has had so much difficult regaining her strength after 3 hospitalisations in the past 4 months. Next time my Mom is in a hospital bed, I’m going to ask for in-bed cycling! It’s time to change the way we view exercise for frail and critically ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: It’s Time to Change The Way We View Exercise For Frail and Critically Ill

I’m posting this guest post from http://evidencenetwork.ca because my Mom has had so much difficult regaining her strength after 3 hospitalisations in the past 4 months. Next time my Mom is in a hospital bed, I’m going to ask for in-bed cycling! It’s time to change the way we view exercise for frail and critically ...

Scripturient: On growing old

No man is so old that he does not think himself able to live another year. (Nemo enim est tam senex qui se annum non putet posse vivere) I was thinking of that line from Cicero this week when I attended a friend’s drop-in post-Christmas party. Most of the many people in attendance were my ...

Scripturient: Wrinkles: a review

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. It’s the phrase that highlights the entrance to Hell in Dante’s Inferno. It could just as easily by carved above the entrances to many nursing and retirement homes. I recalled that phrase as we watched the 2011 animated film, Wrinkles, last night. Susan thought it the most depressing ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Defeating Frailty One Step at a Time

By Lisa Price, M.D. When we think of aging, we often think of slowing down, getting tired easily, doing less, and a lesser ability to bounce back from an illness or setback. Attributing these issues entirely to aging, however, means we are missing what it really is–frailty. Frailty is a collection of health issues that ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Defeating Frailty One Step at a Time

By Lisa Price, M.D. When we think of aging, we often think of slowing down, getting tired easily, doing less, and a lesser ability to bounce back from an illness or setback. Attributing these issues entirely to aging, however, means we are missing what it really is–frailty. Frailty is a collection of health issues that ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Viva les Piratas Canadienses!

My friend Kate is currently in a 500 km boat race called the Ngalawa Cup in the Indian Ocean – sailing a dugout canoe with outriggers and a single sail. (Ngalawa is the Swahili word for outrigger, and this is a traditional Tanzanian fishing vessel, although in my memory they were smaller, fitting only one ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Viva les Piratas Canadienses!

My friend Kate is currently in a 500 km boat race called the Ngalawa Cup in the Indian Ocean – sailing a dugout canoe with outriggers and a single sail. (Ngalawa is the Swahili word for outrigger, and this is a traditional Tanzanian fishing vessel, although in my memory they were smaller, fitting only one ...

Yappa Ding Ding: Viva les Piratas Canadienses!

My friend Kate is currently in a 500 km boat race in the Indian Ocean called the Ngalawa Cup – sailing a dugout canoe with outriggers and a single sail. (Ngalawa is the Swahili word for outrigger, and this is a traditional Tanzanian fishing vessel, although in my memory they were smaller, fitting only one ...

Scripturient: Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me…

Turning 64, as in the 1967 Beatles’ song, once seemed so distant that it it was as remote as flying cars and jet packs. By the time I reached that age, I thought, we’d have a moon base colony, orbiting hotels as in 2001, A Space Odyssey, and were reaching out to the planets. Maybe ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: From The Treasure Chest: Making Peace With Age and Infirmity

On holiday in Cat Island, Bahamas recently, something happened.  Regular readers of my blog might recall that I’ve blogged about Cat Island before – it’s a remarkable place in its beauty, its simplicity and its authentic (but few) inhabitants.  Last year, I visited an 87 year old firecracker called Miss Ella Sweeting.  Back then, Miss Ella sang  ...

Scripturient: Reading Tennyson’s Ulysses

Last weekend, while watching the delightful movie, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, I heard Bill Nighy make a wedding speech that included lines from one of my favourite poems: Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson. I recognized it immediately and it made me open the poem and read it again. The poem was written by ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: It’s Scary Being an Aging Caregiver

Growing older always involves some kind of loss.  For my Mom, it meant giving up her beloved car.  To Mom, a car has always represented freedom and independence.  She fancies herself as a kind of Canadian Thelma or Louise – ‘I’ve had it up to my ass in sedate!’ would be her motto (that’s a ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Worth of Vulnerability

Marilynne Robinson is a great American novelist and essayist who mines contemporary society for meaning.  Her themes are expansive and biblical in their proportions.  This what she said in a New York Times Magazine interview recently: “People,” Robinson said, pausing before she defined that familiar word in original terms: “Brilliant creatures, who at a very high rate, ...

Bill Longstaff: Greyer is greener

As I slip slowly into my dotage I have at least one consolation—I’m less of a burden on the planet. A study by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany found that per-capita carbon dioxide emissions in Western countries rise steadily as children become adults and as adults become more affluent, but after ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Perspective That Age Bestows

Unlike some, I do not bemoan the passage of time. True, I am of that generation known as ‘the baby boomers,’ but while I am at times mildly bemused about certain things (‘How can it be 50 years since the Beatles first played in Toronto?’), I was never beguiled by the notion that we would ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Coming to Terms with Disability in My Family, Across Generations

After my Dad passed away in 1975 following his third stroke, I was angry.  Really, really angry.  I would sit in church, look at Christ on the cross and fume, “why does everyone go on and on about YOUR suffering?!  That was NOTHING compared to what my Dad endured!”  All these years later, the anger ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: What’s a Fair Deal for Family Caregivers and Their Loved Ones?

How should family caregivers be supported in society?  What is the role of government?  What is the role of the private sector?  What claim does a person needing care have on his family or on the taxpayer?  What is the human worth of people whose needs are high, yet are not employable? In this interview ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Slow Walkers Part 2 – Random Act of Kindness

Yesterday I shared a short film about time and aging called “Slow Walkers”.  Today, I happened to come across this slow walker who was helped across the road in a random act of kindness somewhere in Russia. Sometimes, it is a very good thing to slow down with our older loved ones, but sometimes it’s ...

knitnut.net: The Fountain of Youth contains….water?

GC and I marched in the Pride parade last weekend! First time for both of us. I was working there and GC volunteered to pitch in. It was a terrific event for people-watching. The people lining the streets to watch the parade were, I think, more entertaining than your average spectators. We were behind the ...

Musings on Canadian Politics: Quebec at forefront of right-to-die movement

The Quebec National Assembly introduced a bill on Wednesday that will allow health professionals to use medical procedures to end the lives of patients near death who are suffering and want to end their lives. The legislation “is intended for people at the end of their life to die with autonomy and dignity,” said Veronique ...

LeDaro: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee – Time lapse

Life is a bugger. Queen Elizabeth II, from very young to an old lady – time-lapse. So ladies and gentlemen enjoy your life when you’re still young. It will happen to all of us-old age slowly creeps on.

Chadwick's Blog & Commentary: When did I become my parents?

I was driving down to Toronto, Saturday, listening to a CD with Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and several other singers of my parents’ generation, singing along, and I wondered aloud, “When did I become my parents?” When did … Continue reading →

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Making Peace with Aging and Infirmity

On holiday in Cat Island, Bahamas recently, something happened.  Regular readers of my blog might recall that I’ve blogged about Cat Island before – it’s a remarkable place in its beauty, its simplicity and its authentic (but few) inhabitants.  Last year, I visited an 87 year old firecracker called Miss Ella Sweeting.  Back then, Miss ...

Things Are Good: This Old Man Wants Adults to Play

Here’s a fun video to start your week with, this old fellow plays all day for his health and to inspire his next invention. He wants all people from kids to seniors to play all day, everyday to help their mental and physical health. At the very least, his enthusiasm is infectious. Find more inspiring ...