Bonnie’s Blog

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – February 2012 Some newer residences have fitness rooms with exercise machines. Unfortunately, I have yet to see a resident in any of these rooms. The idea is great, but many residents have not seen the inside of a gym for years. They might not know how to operate an elliptical trainer.

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – November 2011 If you have been shopping for a senior’s residence, you probably know that many residences are not full to capacity. Some have waiting lists, but this is not the norm. What makes some residences successful while others struggle to reach capacity?

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – October 2011 Who better to write about turning 25 than my favourite (and only) niece, who just celebrated her 25th birthday? Readers, meet my niece Loren: Having just turned 25 a few weeks ago, my aunt, who is a columnist for The Senior Times, thought it might be interesting for me to write an article for the newspaper’s 25th anniversary. I thought she was joking; I didn’t think I had any perspective on senior life. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how strong my connections are and how so many others my age probably feel the same way.

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – September 2011 For many of us, Monday to Friday represents our workweek. We look forward to the weekends for relaxing, family time, running errands or perhaps religious activities. Our weeks are fairly well defined with routine.

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – July 2011 It seems that the topic of choice in the senior world these days is the closing of residences. It’s summer, the sun is shining (mostly) and it’s time to think positive thoughts.

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – June 2011 At a recent international conference on Alzheimer’s disease, held in Toronto, I listened to many fascinating and diverse presentations. My main interest is the psychosocial aspect of the disease. Interestingly, many speakers, from various countries, had a strong message for Canadians.

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times – March 2011 I am always intrigued to observe the reactions of loved ones when they visit full care facilities. A person who needs a high level of care will have all their meals provided. In some residences these rooms have a kitchen area with a sink, a fridge, and a wall full of cupboard space. There are two opposite reactions to the lack of or the presence of a kitchen area.

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times - March 2011   At Christmas time, my daughter and I tried to sign up to volunteer to serve dinner at the Old Brewery Mission. We weren’t the only ones with this idea; all volunteer positions were taken. We chose a later date and showed up at 4:30 pm, joining about 10 others also there for the first time. We were all a bit nervous, not knowing what to expect. There were two other mother and daughter duos, and one young man in this all female group—all strangers and yet within minutes we were conversing as if we had known each other for years. One teammate asked for my card when she realized that I worked in geriatrics, because she is involved in the same field.

Bonnie Sandler S.W., The Senior Times - February 2011 A loved one is “a person you love, usually a member of your family,” according to the Word Web Online and the Free Dictionary by Farlex. The MacMillan Dictionary definition is: “someone you care about very much, especially a member of your family.”