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Meeting needs of aging parents – Continuing Education

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Sherri (Auger) Galler was a corporate manager when her father became critically ill and her mother died suddenly while caring for him. With 24 hours, she made funeral arrangements for her mom and placed her dad in long-term care. Neither parent had planned for illness or death, leaving Auger to figure thing out alone.

“It was a challenging time,” Auger says. She was completing her business degree on a part-time basis at the time but the heart-wrenching experience led her to social science.

Where ‘Caring Matters’ – The Catholic Register

Friday, September 9th, 2011

With Caring Matters, the company she founded seven years ago, Sherri (Auger) Galler aims to help the aging population in the same way she helped her own parents. She works as a consultant to aging parents or their children for decision making and estate planning in preparation for illness and death.

About a year before she founded the Toronto-based company, which now has another three employees, Auger was faced with the sudden need to place her father in long-term care after her mother, his primary care-giver, became ill and passed away.

Prepare the ultimate plan, Create the roadmap loved ones need – Legacy

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Most of our lives are spent planning. We plan our education to fit the preferred job. We plan how much money we need to buy the house wewant. But many people fail to plan end-of-life issues. Here are some key areas to consider in order for you and your family to have peace of mind.

Preparing for illness is just as important as organizing your estate. Modern medical techniques save lives but sometimes illnesses minimize mobility and require costly medications.

Who is caring for Caregivers? – CARP

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Family members, usually women, are the main caregivers of a burgeoning population of elderly Canadians.They need respite, resources and government support for this full-time responsibility that challenges their own personal health.

On the promise of anonymity, my friend Virginia Lee* has spent 45 minutes on the phone with me, spilling her guts about her frustrations trying to help her 82-year-old father manage through several recent illnesses and the beginnings of memory loss.

Turning pain into profit – Globe & Mail

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Four years into Deborah Moskovitch’s seven-year divorce war, she wondered aloud if she might some day be able to help other people navigate the waters of matrimonial dissolution, start to finish.

“I think you’re on to something,” her lawyer said.

Around the same time, Toronto marketing executive Sherri (Auger) Galler was going through her own personal firestorm: threading through the complications of her mother’s estate, while overseeing her ailing father’s placement in a long-term care facility.

Sick and a senior? What to expect when goin into the hospital

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Growing up I always believed that a trip to the hospital meant that I would not only be cured of what ailed me but that my personal comfort, as well as my health, would be catered to. From my own experience with aging family members and that of the seniors that I work with, I know that this is not necessarily the case. Increases in the number of people using the system combined with the frailty of the people entering our hospitals, has led to minimum care being provided to each patient. If you are elderly or have an aging relative here are three things you need to know.

 
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