Respecting the needs and wants of the elderly and the frail



Click to see original article on The Globe & Mail

Duncan Sinclair is emeritus professor of physiology and a fellow of the School of Policy Studies of Queen’s University. He recently joined the board of TVN, Canada’s frailty health network, and was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in April.


While not yet frail, I am elderly. While I am doing everything I can to avoid becoming somebody’s patient, my wife’s recent end-of-life struggle has made me think long and hard about what my needs will be, if and when I become frail.

For starters, those who will care for me then should know what I expect. While I still can, I must put those expectations on record. Their obligation is to follow my advance directive without second-guessing what they think I really want when the time comes.

So when frail, what will I want and need for my well-being?

Jean’s Downsizing Experience


Meet Jean Connell, a client of Gordon’s Estate Services. Watch the video and find out how Gordon’s helped her downsize, and sell her property for over the asking price!

My name is Jean Connell and I’m a 79-year-old widow of 25 years with no family nearby, but I have great neighbors and friends who help me out considerably. And for health reasons, and I think I was ready, it was time to move 23 kilometers from the country, into town so I could be near the hospital. I found my own apartment, and moved what I wanted and what I needed, and I called some local real estate, and they’ll sell the property, but what was I supposed to do with the rest of the stuff? I had a three bedroom, two bathroom, full basement, I think 1400 square foot house and I came to this little place. So I called Barry and he came up and he explained everything explicitly, and I said – you can have the whole thing. And that’s what we did.

Plan carefully before downsizing your house


gi-downsizing29rb1Original article from the Globe & Mail
By Craig Wong
OTTAWA — The Canadian Press

Canada’s housing market has been on a terrific run, helped by low interest rates, pushing home values up and tempting downsizing baby boomers looking to add to their nest egg into cashing out.

But financial advisers say the decision to sell the family home isn’t one that can be rushed and requires careful planning, with discussions starting sometimes years before you list your home for sale.

As we live longer, 5 things to consider


From: The Toronto Star – Personal Finance

By: Personal Finance Editor, Published on Sun Sep 08 2013


Most days Bill Dennis is up by 6 a.m. and out the door by 7 joining friends for a coffee at the BlueStar Restaurant in Welland.

By 8 a.m. the 93-year-old plumber is on the road behind the wheel of the last of the William Dennis Plumbing & Heating vans. Where once there were seven trucks, now it is just Dennis, who works 20 to 30 hours a week, fixing toilets and leaking pipes, available around the clock if needed and seven days a week in the case of emergencies.