I’m happy: A social worker’s story

A wonderful post written by a social worker who is happy they are a social worker. It is not too often that one reads this. Quite often when I am on LinkedIn and Twitter, I read how unhappy and unfulfilled many helping professionals are. This is a mindset of the professional. Circumstances, finances, bureaucracy can…

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Eight Reflections on Seniors as Patients

Eight Reflections on Seniors as Patients List three older people that were in your life as a child. Of these, choose one of these persons to focus on for just a moment: Consider something important they shared with you at that time. How might that important message yet influence your care of elders now? What…

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Seeking Assistance is Not so Easy

I will use myself as the example for this article, but keep in mind that I work with individuals who are 50+, although most of my clients are 75+. 2 1/2 months ago while camping I injured my right shoulder while relaxing. Seems kind of crazy, right? One goes camping to relax, spend time with…

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Speaking with the Emotionally Fragile

Guest Blogger- Kelly Mitchell, BA This week and next, I’m meeting 1:1 with 21 people who just last week I spent 5 days with, exploring career possibilities and learning about themselves. The purpose of our individual meetings is to give them feedback on their participation in the process, sum up what they got out of…

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Theatrical Presentation on Elder Abuse: Arm Yourself with Knowledge

I attended a play on Elder Abuse this past weekend titled: “Grandpa Is Not a Cash Cow & Grandma Won’t Take Any Bull” organized by Seniors Action Quebec. It was excellent! The cast, except for 3, were all seniors. Le Theatre La Belle Gang presented. The play was written by Francois Jobin and directed by…

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Recovering from Genocidal Trauma: Book Review and Author Interview

Recovering from Genocidal Trauma:  An Information and Practice Guide for Working with Holocaust Survivors Myra Giberovitch, MSW, PSW Book Review and Interview While the book focuses primarily on Holocaust Survivors, it can be used and associated with other individuals who experienced genocide or mass atrocity crimes. Mass atrocity crimes include genocide, crimes against humanity, and…

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Employee-Centered Management: Book Review

When you begin reading a book and between the introduction and the first thirty pages of the book, you take 5 pages of notes, you know the information within is good. The book is: Employee-Centered Management by Larry Wenger, MSW. The book is written by a social worker with a long work history as front line…

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Assisted Dying as Controversial as Abortion?

Assisted Dying is a topic one sees all over social media, blog posts, and in the news; although other terms used are assisted suicide, euthanasia, and dying with dignity. In June, Quebec became the first province to pass legislation which will come into effect later this year.  Although the wording is ‘respecting end of life…

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“Caregiving with Strength” – Book Review

Caregiving is difficult and often the focus is on the individual, patient, client or family member that suffers from a progressive, chronic or degenerative disease or illness. What makes this book both different and needed is the focus on the caregiver, both family and professional. Great examples, solutions, and definitions are offered which are easily…

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