The Canadian Red Cross:  Do not overlook this amazing non-profit society.  So much publicity is given to their disaster relief programs, and not enough to the work they do at home.  Virtually any equipment you may need from canes to hospital beds is available free through them with a requisition from an occupational therapist or medical professional.  For information about the Red Cross in your area, please see:  or, in the US,

Fraser Health Authority:  Provides a wide variety of integrated health care services in BC’s lower mainland, including home support, respite care, and home health nursing staff.  For more information see:

Valerie Green:  This well-published BC author has written about caring for her parents in  Embrace The Journey – A Care Giver’s Story – Stratis Publishing Ltd., 2008

Carol Cline Schultz: In her book,  Crossing the Void: My Aphasic Journey, Carol traces her steps to recovery from a stroke which robbed her of speech.

Alma Vaugeois, Clinical Counsellor.  Alma is a lower mainland (BC) counsellor with thirty years experience. To learn more about Alma, go to

Reading list: Alzheimer’s:

Before I Forget by B. Smith and Dan Gasby.

Come Back Early Today, by Marie Marley, Ph.D.

Slow Dancing With a Stranger by Meryl Comer.

The Long Hello by Cathie Barrie.

To Johnny With Love by Dagmar Christine Albert

My Mom, My Hero by Lisa R. Hirsch.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

 Fiction based on fact:

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova and

Turn of Mind by Alice La Plante.

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This Caregiver’s Journal began in August of 2014. Although the first blog article was actually written on New Year’s Day, 2015, the rest are in chronological order from August 5th, 2014. What is written here has gone before.

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