Monthly Archives: January 2013

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease


Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer'sIs your family able to cooperate and help each other? Is there tolerance and mutual support? Or, do competition, criticism and blame dominate your family’s internal relationships?

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, your family’s ability to adapt and support each other is challenged. This is a time for personal growth and family transformation.

If you are part of a family who is caring for a member with Alzheimer’s and you are taking the time to read this blog, I know you are focussed on the following steps:

  1. You want your loved one to be safe.
  2. You want to help your loved one to have the best quality of care that their finances can provide.
  3. You recognize that
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Understanding your partner: The five gems


Understanding your partner: the five gemsCommunication is one of the most common barriers in a relationship, yet open and honest communication can keep a couple together and is the key to building trust and harmony. It’s a skill that most of us have yet to master, but once you learn how to listen and understand your partner, it can make the whole world of difference.

Sometimes the last thing you want to do is give your partner the understanding that they seem unwilling to offer you, but it is important to recognize that if your partner has a problem in the relationship, then you do too.

In my practice, I use something called The Five Gems to help couples reach a point of understanding. The …

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What is forgiveness?


Hispanic father and daughterForgiveness is not a one-time act or action. It is a permanent attitude ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

According to The Word Detective, the root of the word forgive is the Latin word perdonare – “to give completely, without reservation.” In modern English forgive has taken on the meanings of “to pardon for an offence,” “renounce anger at,” and “to abandon a claim on.”

Forgiveness is also the conscious action to reconcile with someone who is in physical or emotional pain because of one’s actions or inabilities:

  • A son seeking reconciliation with his mother when he acknowledges that he has broken her favourite porcelain vase; he apologizes by asking what he can do to repair the situation as an
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How to ease your way out of holiday debt


holiday debtIt’s not easy keeping your spending in check during the Holidays, so when the credit card bills start piling in come January, it’s enough to raise the panic button and send you flying back to the store for some retail therapy.

If you approach it the right way, though, you can easily manage those bills and keep your stress levels under control.

The stress-free plan for tackling Holiday debt

1. How much do I owe?

Ignoring your bills is the worst thing you can do and it will only add to your debt and weaken your credit rating. So, muster up the courage and call your credit card company so you know exactly how much you owe.

2. Put your

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What can you do to prevent the flu?


How to prevent the fluIt’s flu season and this year is even worse than ever! So it’s important to do whatever you can to stay healthy and stop the spread of the virus, like staying at home if you’re infected. Going into work sick with the flu not only spreads the virus but makes you more prone to illness in the future. The best advice we can give you is to stay home and take care of yourself.

“Everyone feels guilty sometimes about taking a sick day, especially at busy times of the year. But ignoring flu symptoms and spreading the flu to your co-workers is the only thing to feel guilty about. People want to be team players and do their part when

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