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20 June 2019

Moving day

July 1st is not just the Canada Day; it is also, in Quebec, the moving day.Indeed, it is customary, for many tenants, to schedule his move o...
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09 June 2019

Real Estate Services

Bonnie Sandler is happy to assist in all your real estate needs. She works with other professionals and agencies to ...
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09 June 2019

Bonnie's Blog

Bonnie is a columnist for The Senior Times. Her column ‘Let’s Talk About It’ addresses subjects associated with our senior ...
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08 June 2019

Seniors Services

Evaluation, formulation of a care plan, placement and referral. Allow Bonnie to take out the stress from your day and guide you through ever...
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17 March 2017

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT: HOLDING ONTO FAMILY HISTORY

Posted in the Senior Times Nov/2016When we’re young we want to...
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17 March 2017

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT: WILL WE EVER UNDERSTAND GRIEF?

Posted in the Senior Times Jan/2017As 2016 comes to...
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16 November 2016

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT: DO THE RESEARCH WHEN CONSIDERING A PRIVATE RESIDENCE

The food is not to your liking.Mealtimes do not suit you.The activities are not interesting and not always in the language you speak.Th...
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16 November 2016

BONNIE SANDLER: SOCIAL WORKER, REAL ESTATE BROKER — AND YES, COLUMNIST

Please click here for stories and remembrances from The Senior Times...
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16 November 2016

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT: GOING TO BAT FOR YOUR LOVED ONE: IS IT ENERGY WELL-...

Lodging a complaint in a private residence is very different than doing so in a public facility. In the public system there is a line of accountabilit...
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14 April 2016

Remembering a wonderful Nanny in her prime

As told to Bonnie Sandler by Mikaela Sandler My grandmother always had a unique personality. Nanny was not the kind of grandmother to bake c...
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12 March 2016

Let’s Talk About It: Be wary of cold-callers who want to pay a visit

My friend received a call from her elderly mother, asking her to be at her house the next evening at 6. Her mother explained that ...
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12 March 2016

Pricing, staging and other tips from Montreal real-estate brokers

It’s become a cliché—buying a home is probably the most important investment most of us make. But selling that home is at least as important.To e...
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19 November 2015

Quebec's eldercare challenge: Families unprepared to navigate the system

Karen Seidman - Montreal GazetteIt might begin with a broken hip. Or a senior who has frequented the same grocery store 1,000 times suddenly gett...
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13 October 2015

In survivor’s case, protocol trumped common sense

Let’s Talk About itBonnie SandlerA client in his late 80s recently landed in a hospital’s emergency unit, where he was diagnosed with d...
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04 September 2015

Let’s Talk About It: What of the orphaned elderly?

Who looks out for seniors who have no family or friends to look out for them? A recent story that went viral caught my attention.An 81-year-...
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13 May 2015

Let’s Talk About It: Sibling relationships change as parents lose capacity

Let’s Talk About It: Sibling relationships change as parents lose capacityBonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – May 14 BY: BONNIE SANDLER BS.W...
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14 May 2014

Mothers, aging and the greatest love story ever told

Bonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – May 14BY: BONNIE SANDLER BS.WRobert Munsch, the Canadian author of the most loved children’s bo...
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18 April 2014

Let’s Talk About It: Fresh air for the heart and soul

Bonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – April 18BY: BONNIE SANDLER BS.WSpring has arrived. Along with green leaves and colourful blooms...
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14 March 2014

Let’s Talk About It: Confusion in defining autonomy

Bonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – March, 2014BY: BONNIE SANDLER BS.WResearching a definition for autonomy in seniors, I became mo...
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15 February 2014

Let’s Talk About It: Magic of music validated with dementia project

Bonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – February, 2014BY: BONNIE SANDLER BS.WI recently attended the 2014 Canadian Conference on Dement...
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15 December 2013

Let’s Talk About It: Who cares for the caregivers?

Bonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – December, 2013BY: BONNIE SANDLER BS.WHolidays are especially stressful for family caregivers. M...
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24 September 2013

Let’s Talk About It: Look, listen, double-check to detect neglect

Bonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – September 21,  2013BY: BONNIE SANDLER BS.WWe read stories about neglect of seniors, be it at ho...
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22 July 2013

Let’s Talk About It: Location, location, language

Bonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – June 1,  2013BY: BONNIE SANDLER BS.WMany seniors live in neighbourhoods that once matched their...
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26 March 2013

Rescuing Nana: A grandchild's instinct

Bonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – March  2013 BY: MIKAELA  SANDLER ...
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15 March 2013

Personal alarm systems are not foolproof

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – March 2013BY: BONNIE SANDLER, BS.W....
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28 January 2013

Walking in Montreal’s winter wonderland can be a dangerous proposal

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10 November 2012

Shopping, exercize and common sense

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – November 2012BY: BONNIE SANDLER, BS.W.I am a sucker for gimmicks that promise a quick fix ...
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23 October 2012

Seniors residences: When your needs change, your home should, tooSeniors...

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – September 2012BY: BONNIE SANDLER, BS.W.You struggle with your ambivalence and finally deci...
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13 September 2012

Inner artist should be given a chance to blossom at any age

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – September 2012BY: BONNIE SANDLER, BS.W.Many residences have beautifully equipped art rooms...
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16 July 2012

Fresh Air Vital for Living, Healing

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – July 2012Montreal has its share of hot and humid days, but most summer days offer enjoyable weather....
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15 June 2012

Should senior discounts be available to all?

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – June 2012While the age limit varies, seniors are eligible for discounts at some stores, restaurants,...
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06 May 2012

Dementia complicates parent-child dynamic

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – May 2012When we think of “mother,” we think of someone who loves her children unconditionally, placi...
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12 April 2012

Stranger on the phone isn’t a friend

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – April 2012I am unable to keep track of the number of phone calls I receive each week from people who...
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03 March 2012

Consider downsizing as a means of simplifying your lifestyle

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – March 2012As I prepare for my second downsize in four years, I look around my condo and am shocked b...
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20 February 2012

100 is the new 80 – move it or lose it

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – February 2012Some newer residences have fitness rooms with exercise machines. Unfortunately, I have ...
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03 December 2011

Tech if necessary, but not necessarily tech

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – December 2011For whatever reason, my brain will not learn the proper name for what I refer to as “th...
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20 November 2011

Smiles are your first positive clue

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – November 2011If you have been shopping for a senior’s residence, you probably know that many residen...
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23 October 2011

On turning 25, and what the future holds

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – October 2011Who better to write about turning 25 than my favourite (and only) niece, who just celebr...
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10 September 2011

Remember, all seven days are created equal

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – September 2011For many of us, Monday to Friday represents our workweek. We look forward to the weeke...
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03 July 2011

Finding love in all the right residences

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – July 2011It seems that the topic of choice in the senior world these days is the closing of residenc...
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03 June 2011

Speak to your MP about their plans for the new Alzheimer’s reality

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – June 2011At a recent international conference on Alzheimer’s disease, held in Toronto, I listened to...
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03 April 2011

If there’s no need to cook, a kitchen area can be confusing, frustrating

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – March 2011I am always intrigued to observe the reactions of loved ones when they visit full care fac...
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30 March 2011

Dignity, kindness along Old Brewery “zipper line”

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times - March 2011 At Christmas time, my daughter and I tried to sign up to volunteer to serve dinner at the...
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04 February 2011

Will your true loved ones please stand up

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times - February 2011A loved one is “a person you love, usually a member of your family,” according to the W...
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04 December 2010

Being in the hospital is hard enough without worrying about finances

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times - December 2010Sadly, because of a loved one’s illness and subsequent death, I spent much of my time in a h...
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04 November 2010

When looking for a residence, ask an expert, not your hairstylist

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times - November 2010When assessing and understanding the needs of loved ones, knowing the family’s preferen...
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08 October 2010

Is there such a thing as a forever home?

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times - October 2010Having grown up in a home that afforded little privacy from my bedroom to the main livin...
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10 September 2010

Early bird, night owls need flexible meeting times

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times - September 2010I remember lining up for early-bird specials when vacationing in Florida with my paren...
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02 April 2010

Parents' finances can be a touchy topic

Bonnie Sandler S.W, The Senior Times - April 2010I am contacted by a daughter whose mother is considering a move to a senior residence....
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20 March 2010

Take that window of opportunity

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times - March 2010There are three categories of senior residences within the private sector: autonomous, ass...
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25 February 2010

Respect wishes of cognitively impaired when addressing them

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times - February 2010Alzheimer’s and related dementias rob a person of many abilities but should not rob the...
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18 December 2009

Adjusting to ambiguous loss a lasting trouble

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times - December 2009We feel “ambiguous loss” for people who are physically present but psychologically abse...
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10 November 2009

Adjusting to changes improves daily living

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times - November 2009Physical abilities decline with age. There can be deficiencies related to hearing, visi...
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06 October 2009

Older tenants may need help standing up for their rights

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - October 2009When it comes to dealing with leases, some seniors become susceptible to unscrupulous l...
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05 September 2009

Moderate drinking works when socializing with friends

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - September 2009Articles about preventing dementia are numerous. The most recent one I read was in th...
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04 July 2009

Sharing magical moments of music

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - July 2009Music is a unique language, a special form of communication. We appreciate music even when...
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03 June 2009

Making decisions for a parent is difficult

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - June 2009Your parent has received a diagnosis of dementia. After years of concern this should not c...
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10 May 2009

Changing roles: Parenting the parent

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - May 2009I remember when I was in my early 40s reading an article about turning 50. This was describ...
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04 April 2009

Do you have to ask the question?

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - April 2009The first thing I do when I bump in to a family I have worked with is to greet the Alzhei...
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01 March 2009

Working with and not against the need to hide and hoard

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - March 2009A common behaviour of individuals with Alzheimer’s is to hide or hoard items. Sometimes t...
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05 February 2009

Caring for the whole person

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - February 2009We read so much about the isolation and loneliness of the caregiver. Friends tend to d...
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03 December 2008

Making the holiday season joyful for your loved one

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - December 2008The holidays are quickly approaching and reminders are everywhere. Christmas carols ca...
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07 November 2008

Before your sign on the dotted line

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - November 2008 The decision to move into a residence, either for you or a loved one, is emotionally ...
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17 October 2008

What is a Mandate and do you need one?

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - October 2008In my assessments of families dealing with Alzheimer’s, I will ask whether there is a m...
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19 September 2008

Sharing secret thoughts

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - September 2008Alzheimer's Disease is a long journey taking a family through many stages as the dise...
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24 August 2008

Take advantage of our short summer

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - August 2008It’s not a coincidence that requests for my social work services decrease in the summer ...
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10 July 2008

To drive or not to drive

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - July 2008All too often when I ask families about their loved one’s driving abilities after a diagno...
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22 June 2008

Enjoy the moment: Embrace the experience

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - June 2008Caregivers tell me about shared laughter and special moments with the person they’re carin...
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22 May 2008

Worrying about the glass of wine

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - May 2008Let’s talk about itIn my assessments of individuals with cognitive impairment, I ...
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05 April 2008

Caregiving with dignity

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - April 2008Language for children should not be used for adults, regardless of any cognitive deficien...
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05 March 2008

Setting up the room for your loved one

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - March 2008A move into a care facility can be eased with proper room preparation. Most care faciliti...
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22 February 2008

Choosing a private Residence (Part 3/3 on Alzheimer's care)

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - February 2008This article is the third of three discussing care for a loved one diagnosed with Alzh...
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05 December 2007

When home care no longer works (Part 2/3 on Alzheimer's care)

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - December 2007This article is the second of three discussing care for a loved one diagnosed with Alz...
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05 November 2007

Homecare for Alzheimer's: First choice (Part 1/3 on Alzheimer's care)

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - November 2007This article is the first of three discussing care for a loved one diagnosed with Alzh...
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05 October 2007

Safety is not negotiable

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - October 2007Individuals affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (AD/RD) gradually los...
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05 September 2007

Alzheimer’s Disease: sorting out all the information

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - September 2007In trying to keep up with information on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (A...
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05 August 2007

Challenging behaviour — again and again and again

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - July/August 2007Caregivers for Alzheimer affected individuals know how many challenging behaviours ...
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05 June 2007

Is it Alzheimer’s or just forgetfulness?

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - June 2007We all have moments of forgetfulness, often lightheartedly referred to as senior moments. ...
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05 May 2007

Caregiver support groups: are they right for you?

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - May 2007Most often, when I suggest a support group to a client they quickly respond negatively. The...
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05 April 2007

Rule #1 for caregivers: Do not argue with your loved one

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - April 2007We have been taught from an early age to communicate with others by using logic and reaso...
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05 March 2007

Dementia no longer a shameful secret

Bonnie Sandler, S.W., The Senior Times - March 2007Chatting with a friend over lunch, the conversation turned to the popular TV show Grey’s ...

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