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Living with Middle-Stage Alzheimer’s

Living with Middle-Stage Alzheimer’s

As our population ages, the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease will increase dramatically. As it currently stands, 65% of Canadians diagnosed with the disease are over the age of 65 – but some are even younger. Though earlier diagnosis, access to better treatment options, and a greater understanding of the disease itself are changing the quality of living for people with Alzheimer’s, the challenges of living with the condition remain all too real.  Maggie, 47, was enjoying her career as a social worker in North Bay. She had spent the better part...
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Quitting Your Job Can Impact Your Disability Insurance Benefits

Quitting Your Job Can Impact Your Disability Insurance Benefits

Invisible disabilities are difficult to battle in the workplace, but just because you don’t see something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. In the case of mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, it’s becoming more common for employees to seek time off to recover from a disorder.  The stigma of these conditions and disorders is what often leaves employees wondering if an insurer will take them seriously or deem the claim as legitimate. In those times of overwhelming stress and disarray, an employee may feel disgruntled enough to leave their job entirely...
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Disabilities in the Media: The Road to Better Representation

Disabilities in the Media: The Road to Better Representation

Representation is far more than a Hollywood buzzword. A positive portrayal in the media can completely change the way the general public thinks about a marginalized group, and while the landscape is far from perfect, there are now a growing number of films and TV shows that feature characters (and actors) from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences. Unfortunately, most conversations about representation still tend to exclude people with disabilities. According to a recent white paper from the Ruderman Family Foundation, able-bodied actors were cast to play the...
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When a “Change of Definition” Cancels Your LTD Benefits

When a “Change of Definition” Cancels Your LTD Benefits

Chau moved to Toronto when she was 47 – that’s when her company decided to open a new office in the city. As one of the most experienced financial advisors on the team, Chau was sent to help get the operation off the ground. At first, Chau was excited for the challenge, even if the new space did come with new responsibilities. There were fewer people in the new office than there were at headquarters, so Chau now had to take on tasks that used to land on someone else’s desk. Doing so proved to be more overwhelming than she expected. For example, Chau had to smooth...
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What does Joker have to say about mental illness?

What does Joker have to say about mental illness?

Joaquin Phoenix has received nearly universal acclaim for his award-winning turn as Arthur Fleck – aka the Joker – in one of the most talked-about movies of 2019. Under the direction of Todd Phillips, Joker showed audiences how an aspiring stand-up comic slowly grew into the titular supervillain after a long struggle with mental illness. Yet despite the warm response to Phoenix’s performance, the reception to the film itself has been far more uneven. That’s particularly true with regards to Joker’s controversial depiction of mental health. Fans of the film view it as an...
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Why Did the Insurance Company Reject My Mental Health Claim?

Why Did the Insurance Company Reject My Mental Health Claim?

For Marcia, depression was simply a fact of life. Though she had always struggled with the day-to-day realities, she’d worked tirelessly to find ways to manage it over the years. She finally felt like she had things more or less under control by the time she reached her 30s. Then she got pregnant – and an event that she hoped would bring her joy upended her life in ways that she never would have expected. Marcia experienced severe prenatal and postpartum depression, and her symptoms persisted a full four years after her child was born. Managing postpartum depression...