Wendy Johnstone

Examining the ins and outs of private home care

Before jumping in with two feet, it's important to ask, 'What assistance is needed and how much?'

Caregiving takes a toll over time

Caregiver expends too much energy caring + not enough time to recover physically and emotionally = caregiver burnout

‘How elders will save the world’

Book challenges readers to see the presence of elders as an essential component in completing our vision of society...

Get your priorities straight

An important step in planning goals related to needs is to develop a "laundry list" of problems

Setting goals as seniors or caregivers

It is equally important for seniors and those caring for them to set goals that support independence, functionality and enjoyment of living

Legacies are left behind

I started thinking about my own Dad and the legacy he left behind for his family. This prompted me to find his memory book...

Ways for Comox Valley seniors to stay connected with family

For many seniors, the "most wonderful time of the year" can be a very lonely one...

Transportation options for Comox Valley seniors

What situation is Mrs. Emerson presented with you ask? In a nutshell, she requires transportation and companionship...

Eldercare the new norm

With the rapid increase in seniors and recent changes in the delivery of health care, eldercare is the new 'crisis'

Seniors’ housing options ‘complicated stuff’

From all the clients I work with, it is by far the most complex issue we deal with...

What kinds of support do you need to stay in your home?

Did you know, according to Statistics Canada, that only five per cent of seniors over 65 years old live in residential care facilities?

When you’ve got to move, you’ve got to move

There is a saying we like to throw around in the gerontological world, "Move by choice rather than by crisis."

Coping with your difficult ageing parent

A very common statement we hear from clients is "they [parent or spouse] are just being so difficult and unreasonable"

SANDWICH GENERATION: Handy tips before your next trip

Make friends with reality and research your destination.

Holidays important for caregivers

Whether it's a short weekend trip away or an extended vacation, taking a break can help caregivers in many ways.

Heat can cause issues for seniors

Summer is back, in all its glory. For some it also means an onslaught of heat-related issues, especially for seniors.

Know the signs of stroke, and what to do

When working with stroke survivors, it's not uncommon for me to hear, "I didn't even know I was having a stroke" until it was too late

Stroke recovery is possible — Ben is proof

He believes stroke survivors will face successes and frustrations. He encourages people to keep moving forward and focus on their strengths

Gain an understanding of strokes in Stroke Month

Heart disease and stroke remain the leading cause of death and disability in Canada...

Family caregivers ‘unsung heroes’ in B.C.

Canadian statistics on caregiving paint a very clear picture — "It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when you will become a caregiver."