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How To Help Loved Ones During COVID-19

How To Help Loved Ones During COVID-19

As the world adjusts to the new, albeit temporary normal of COVID-19, we are learning how to go about our daily lives while practicing safe self-isolation and adhering to proper social distancing standards. But what if you have a loved one with a disability that needs your help? There is no simple trick, but there are options that can help.  Grocery Delivery Services Major supermarkets have invaluable resources such as online grocery ordering either for pickup or delivery, depending on the location. Loblaws’ Instacart service, Longo’s Grocery Gateway, No...
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Fibromyalgia Denied With Not Enough Proof

Fibromyalgia Denied With Not Enough Proof

Carter was used to a little bit of pain. He spent a lot of time on his feet in his day job as a building manager, and things just hurt more at 50 than they did at 20. That’s why he wasn’t too concerned when he started to experience mild but recurring pain that spread from his right leg to his lower back. It was unpleasant, but not entirely unexpected. Unfortunately, those symptoms persisted, and his efforts to diagnose the problem were largely ineffective. Based on the location of the pain, Carter thought it might have something to do with a bad fall that he had...
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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...