Browsing All posts tagged under »social worker«

Between a Hug and a Hard Place

February 8, 2017

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The day program I go to weekly serves adults with cognitive difficulties. This includes dementia, developmental delays, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), Down’s Syndrome, etc. I met Lulu* there. It’s hard to tell Lulu’s age. I am guessing she’s in her 40s. She is of a robust constitution and a quiet demeanour. She seems reserved and […]

Responding to a friend in crisis

January 23, 2017

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Friends are the first line of support for most people these days. As friends, how can we best support someone that confides in us? Here are a few tips from me.

Conversations with a 96-year old

May 17, 2016

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The first day I met Jay, he asked me, “Guess how old I am!” I said, “85”. “No, I am 95,” he said proudly. He turned 96 this past December. He does everything himself, without assistance. He bathes, eats, uses the washroom by himself. He walks independently with the help of a cane. He is proud […]

When Words Fail…

April 6, 2016

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When I first met Mary*, what struck me most was her loud, shrill voice. She had this deliberate way of talking – enunciating every word she spoke. It’s hard to tell her age, but my guess is 70s at least. She has very short salt and pepper hair, more pepper surprisingly. She is in a […]

A Conversation With Someone Who Has Early Onset Alzheimer’s

May 23, 2012

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Michelle* has Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (EOAD). A person is categorized as having EOAD when they have symptoms or the disease before the age of 65. Michelle was diagnosed in 2011 and since then she has been grappling with the changes in herself, the changes that are yet to come and the reactions of her friends […]

A Glimpse Into The Life Of A Therapist

January 5, 2012

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It’s been just a few months since I started working at a residential center of a verrrrry big human rights organization. At this residential center, I work as a clinician for undocumented immigrant male minors. In plain English, boys – under 18, who enter the US without legal documents and are detained by immigration are […]

Learning from a Recovering Drug Addict

August 10, 2011

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I am one of those people who believes everyone has something to teach us. And truly, I have learned from the most unexpected people. During my days as a student social worker, I was placed at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Mumbai. The setting was depressing. We came across people who were depressed […]

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