Bonnie’s Blog

Who looks out for seniors who have no family or friends to look out for them? A recent story that went viral caught my attention. An 81-year-old terminally ill man in the U.S. had just returned home to after spending months in the hospital and rehab...

Bonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – May 14 BY: BONNIE SANDLER BS.W Robert Munsch, the Canadian author of the most loved children’s books, published Love You Forever in 1986. It is one of my very favourite books. However not so for my daughter, who as a young...

Bonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – April 18 BY: BONNIE SANDLER BS.W Spring has arrived. Along with green leaves and colourful blooms is the desire to spend more time outside. Montreal’s winter was harsh and many of us spent too much time indoors. Many people fear their last...

Bonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – March, 2014 BY: BONNIE SANDLER BS.W Researching a definition for autonomy in seniors, I became more confused with each confusing article. This is a difficult subject with no clear answers. Residences offer different levels of care, including autonomous, autonomous with services, assisted...

Bonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – December, 2013 BY: BONNIE SANDLER BS.W Holidays are especially stressful for family caregivers. Memories of happier times bring a mixed bag of emotions. Friends and family may be less inclusive for parties, knowing that a guest with dementia causes difficulties. The greatest...

Bonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – June 1,  2013 BY: BONNIE SANDLER BS.W Many seniors live in neighbourhoods that once matched their needs. Flash forward 50 years. Some adult children left Montreal during the ’70s exodus. While travel was frequent by parents and children, eventually the parents...

Bonnie Sandler, The Senior Times – March  2013 BY: MIKAELA  SANDLER Please welcome guest columnist Mikaela Sandler, daughter of regular contributor Bonnie Sandler. This winter, my instincts saved my grandmother’s life. I belong to a close-knit family, and my maternal grandmother is our matriarch....