THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How Local Communities Can Help Caregivers

If you imagine a caregiver at the beginning of a care journey, he or she might be represented as a dot on the map of a neighbourhood.  She would be surrounded by other dots – neighbours, friends and co-workers. Slowly, as care needs at home increase, the caregiver dot floats further and further away from ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How Local Communities Can Help Caregivers

If you imagine a caregiver at the beginning of a care journey, he or she might be represented as a dot on the map of a neighbourhood.  She would be surrounded by other dots – neighbours, friends and co-workers. Slowly, as care needs at home increase, the caregiver dot floats further and further away from ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: NEW DRIVERLESS CARS COULD ENERGIZE THE ELDERLY

Maria is a frequent guest blogger here at The Caregivers’ Living Room. Today, I’m thrilled that she’s chosen to write about driverless cars, largely because my Mom wants one – badly. This innovation will be transformative for the elderly and people with disabilities or mobility impairments. Driverless cars? Bring them on! Driverless cars are on ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: NEW DRIVERLESS CARS COULD ENERGIZE THE ELDERLY

Maria is a frequent guest blogger here at The Caregivers’ Living Room. Today, I’m thrilled that she’s chosen to write about driverless cars, largely because my Mom wants one – badly. This innovation will be transformative for the elderly and people with disabilities or mobility impairments. Driverless cars? Bring them on! Driverless cars are on ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Never Feel Alone Again

GUEST POST My parents turned 70 a few years ago. It was a wonderful celebration full of friends, laughter, food, and dancing the night away. I must admit even I, an only child who often ran away at the sight of parents’ friends, had a lot of fun. But though this celebration was great, by ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Ableism, Community Living and the Myth of Independence

Recently, I’ve seen a trend that worries me. Social media disability support groups are commonly hosting conversation in which independence is trumpeted as an aspiration and fundamental element of human worth.   Independence is the necessary ingredient to The disability movement has always been fractured.  There are parents who seek safety and security in segregated settings, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Hanging Out and Having a Laugh

  Out in the Hood  Photograph by David Alan Harvey The sidewalk outside a liquor store doubles as a front porch for two Harlemites. Rather than sit in stifling apartments, many residents hang out on the street, where they can catch up with friends or just take in the scene. This National Geographic photo may ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Social Connectedness: An Op-Ed

One thing I know about caregiving is that it cannot be done well by one person alone.  We need friends, family… we need support.  And that support is really only very effective if it is coordinated.  So, to that end, I have given a lot of my time and energy to promoting a Vancouver based ...