Are Social Work Counselling Therapy Services Covered?

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Angela G. Gentile, MSW RSW

“Are your services covered?”

I get this question asked many times. If you are in Manitoba and would like to claim the expenses for my Social Work services, please take note of the following options:

1. Group Health Insurance Plans (Check to see if your plan covers “Social Worker”)

  • Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan has included social work coverage since 2014. You pay me for the service, then I give you a receipt which will include my name, credentials, and my social worker registration number. You submit to Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan for reimbursement (Johnston Group). 
  • Empire Life – I am a registered provider
  • Great West Life may provide some coverage for the services of a social worker. See Comprehensive Healthcare Plans.
  • Green Shield Canada (GSC) – I am a registered provider
  • Manitoba Blue Cross – I am a registered provider. Check out the Counselling Services information for EAP and IAP. The website states, “Counselling services are available to those who have Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or Individual Assistance Program (IAP) coverage with Manitoba Blue Cross. If you are unsure of your coverage, visit your mybluecross online account to confirm.”
  • Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) – I am a registered provider. This service is covered under the “Fatality Claims – Grief Counselling” provision.
  • Manulife – Some plans cover social workers, so check your plan. If your plan does include social worker, then you pay for the service, get a receipt with the social worker’s name, credentials, and registration number and submit to Manulife for reimbursement.
  • Sun Life Financial Health Insurance and coverage – I am registered with the Sun Life Lumino Health Network
  • SSQ Insurance – I am a registered provider

2. Indigenous Services Canada – First Nations and Inuit Health Branch Mental Health Counselling Services

  • First Nations Inuit Health Branch – Non-Insured Health Benefit (NIHB) Mental Health Counselling Services and the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Programs (IRS RHSP) – I am a registered to provide services (free of charge) to those who qualify. This therapy is provided by funding through Indigenous Services Canada.

3. Manitoba Government Employees Health Spending Account

If you have a Health Spending Account through Manitoba Blue Cross, please see the following from the government website:

“A Health Spending Account can be easily compared to a bank account. The Province
of Manitoba deposits a pre-determined amount of benefit dollars into your account.
These benefit dollars can be used to top-off existing benefit maximums, or to pay for
any medical expenses you incur which meet the requirements for the medical expense
credit as defined by Canada Revenue Agency, for anyone for whom you claim a tax
deduction in accordance with the Income Tax Act (Canada).”

4. Medical Expenses on Income Tax Through Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)

You may be able to claim the therapy on the CRA Income Tax Form, Line 330 – Medical Expenses for Self, Spouse or Common-Law Partner, and your Dependent Children.  Social workers are on their list of approved qualified medical practitioners for almost all provinces.

Therapy is listed as an eligible medical expense by the CRA. The following is from their website:

“Therapy – the salary and wages paid for the therapy given to a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit (DTC). The person giving the therapy must not be your spouse or common-law partner and must be 18 years of age or older when the amounts are paid.

The therapy has to be prescribed and supervised by one of the following practitioners:

  • a psychologist, a medical doctor, or a nurse practitioner (for expenses incurred after September 7, 2017) for a mental impairment
  • an occupational therapist, a medical doctor, or a nurse practitioner (for expenses incurred after September 7, 2017) for a physical impairment

For more information about the DTC, see Guide RC4064, Disability-Related Information.”

Contact Numbers:

Canada Revenue Agency (for Manitoba): 1-800-267-6999.

Manitoba Blue Cross(204) 775-0151

Clarify your eligibility for coverage prior to our first session. If you need any help finding out if you have coverage, please let me know.

 

References:

Manitoba Blue Cross Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.mb.bluecross.ca/faq

Medical Expenses (2020), Canada Revenue Agency

Social Work Services and Third Party Payments – Canadian Association of Social Workers

Gentle Angel Treasures – Gifts to Encourage and Inspire

Aquamarine gemstone bracelet for courage. Crystal Healing Bracelet. Stretch bracelet. Stacking bracelet.
Aquamarine gemstone bracelet

Looking for a special gift for someone who has been diagnosed with cancer or another health problem? Perhaps they have a mental health issue and they would benefit from some encouragement? Maybe you are just looking for a nice gift or a “Pick me up” for a friend or family member? Consider purchasing one of my Crystal Healing Bracelets from my Gentle Angel Treasures shop to help brighten their days.

Each bracelet is unique due to the nature of the gemstones and the availability of accents and other beads. I use only natural semi-precious gemstones (from around the world) and sturdy elastic that’s built to last. All of my bracelets are handmade and handcrafted with love.

Crystal Healing Bracelets

Crystals and gemstones have been known to have special healing properties for thousands of years. It is understood that the crystals work through the human energy system – that is the chakras and aura – and not through the human body. Crystals are natural solids made from minerals. They are formed in the earth’s surface. The magical and healing powers of crystals enhance the placebo effect (where something has a healing effect because it changes chemicals in the brain which makes us feel better) and I am a strong believer in mindset when it comes to overcoming our struggles whether it is mental, physical or both.

My stretch stacking bracelets are made with natural gemstones and the wearer can enjoy an enhanced sense of well-being. I know how much I enjoy wearing my healing bracelets! In 2017, when I was diagnosed with cancer, I received three crystal healing bracelets. I believe they were instrumental in my recovery.

Beads come in different sizes (e.g., 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm) and are either polished or have a matte or frosted finish. Some are smooth and round, while others are faceted. A faceted bead has many sides which help it sparkle (think “Diamond cut”).

Two or more crystals put into one bracelet can have a synergistic effect, which means the crystals work together to create a new, unique, and intensified healing property. These bracelets can also be considered “intention” bracelets.

Custom orders available. Ask me for more info!

Bracelet Sizing

To determine your bracelet size, measure your wrist where you would like the bracelet to fit (like where you would wear a watch) and add 1 cm. If you like a looser fitting bracelet, add 1 cm.

XS – 13 cm (5″)

Small – 14-15 cm (5.5-6″)

Medium – 16-17 cm (6.5-7″) (7″ is the standard size for women)

Large – 18-19 cm (7-7.5″)

XL – 20 cm (7.5-8″) (8″ is the standard size for men)

Working with Crystals

You can experience the beneficial effects of crystals simply by placing them near you, holding them in your hands, or wearing them against your skin. You can also meditate upon them. You may also choose to enjoy having beautiful crystals in your environment while harnessing the special energies that they bring to your home and environment.

Common Crystals and Semi-Precious Gemstones used in my Bracelets and their Healing* Properties:

Agate, Bamboo Leaf Agate: Good for sight and the health of the lymphatic system, colon, pancreas, and circulation. Good for emotional security and energy.

Agate, Black Banded: Good for endurance, change, new beginnings, and finding answers by seeing things differently. Good for yin/yang balance.

Amber: Purifies body, mind, and spirit when worn. Brings good luck and protection to warriors, and fulfillment go dreams, goals, and ideals. Good for detoxing and the health of the throat, heart, hormones, kidneys, and bladder. Good for calming and yin/yang balance. Helps negativity and emotional blockages.

Amethyst: Good for overall protection, and physical, emotional, and mental balance. It helps with coping with responsibility and change. It heals the causes of dis-ease. Good for hearing, hormone regulation, insomnia, headaches, cancer, and arthritis (as an elixir). Good for the health of the immune, circulatory, and sympathetic nervous systems, bones, heart, stomach, skin, teeth, liver, and endocrine glands. Aids detoxing and blood cleansing. Helps with anger and violent tendencies. Calms passion, nerves, oversensitivity, tension, emotional energy, and grief. Enhances the aura, self-esteem, meditation, spirit contact, and spirituality.

Angelite: Protects travelers. Good for the brain and intellect. Helps study, communication, and courage. Builds tolerance and responsibility. Makes things happen. Good for the kidneys, lymph, body fluids, blood, teeth, and eyes. Helps swollen glands, water retention, and swelling. Improves eyesight. Cooling in hot climates. Brings calm, compassion, spiritual awareness, and development, and reveals the truth about yourself. Helps judgmental attitude. Brings you in contact with your inner and higher self. Good for centering and meditation. Gently washes away blocks in chakras. Clears pollutants (when used in visualization). *Do not get wet.*

Aquamarine (blue to blue-green variety of Beryl): Known to help build up courage. Brings calm, compassion, and spiritual awareness.

Aventurine: Good for motivation, decisions, yin/yang balance. Good for the muscles, lungs, heart, adrenal glands, and urogenital system. Protects, calms, and soothes emotions. Aids relaxation. Facilitates contact with spirit guides. Prevents “energy vampires” from sapping energy.

Carnelian: A “feel better” stone. It helps with memory, inspiration, speech, and the voice. It can relieve laziness and apathy and bring vitality, self-esteem, compassion, courage, and personal power. Good for digestion, tissue regeneration, and revitalizing the blood. Helps appetite. Helps anger, envy fear, rage, sorrow, confusion, and jealousy.

Chrysocolla: A blue/green “feel better” stone. Good for: Stress, phobias, tension, and guilt. Can help to mend a broken heart.

Chrysoprase: A green or yellow “feel better” stone. Good for general mental health and healing.

Citrine: A yellow, golden, or lemon “money” and “feel better” stone. Brings abundance and wealth. Good for the digestive system, eyesight, heart, kidneys, thyroid, thymus, and liver. Good for decision-making, learning, teaching, studying, creativity, awareness, writing, problem-solving, new beginnings. Good for relationships, self-esteem, getting rid of emotional toxins. Helps with anger and yin/yang balance.

Fluorite: Focuses the find and creates order out of chaos. Good for decisions, concentration, and relationships. Helps with the early stages of cancer. Good for meditation. Helps over-excitement and stress (allows the mind to work effectively in stressful situations).

Garnet: Brings courage, creative energy, vitality, abundance, flow, change, and awareness. Enhances the health of the bone, spine, heart, and lungs. Brings emotional balance. Helps depression, chaos, disruption, and emotional trauma.

Hematite, Black: Brings strength, love, courage, and personal magnetism. Good for mental processes, thoughts, memory, dexterity, and working with numbers/maths. Good for the blood and helps with anemia and insomnia.

Jade, White: Aids in problem-solving. Helps proneness to accidents and reaching dreams, goals, and ideals. It brings balance, justice, modesty, courage, wisdom, compassion, and longevity. It is good for the skin, hair, lymphatic system, bones, joints/hips, spleen, bladder, heart, immune system, gallbladder, kidneys, muscles, and the entire female reproductive system. Helps acne, fertility, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual problems, period pain, asthma, bacterial and viral infections, eye disorders, general malaise, high blood pressure, and schizophrenia. Good for emotional balance, confidence, and grounding. Helps negativity. Promotes dreams and dream recall (when placed under the pillow). Brings connection to ancient civilizations and wisdom, protection, peace (both inner and outer), and shamanic access to spirit worlds.

Jasper, Lilac: Helps prevent illness and acts as a general tonic when you are feeling down with minor illness. Good for the nerves. Helps loneliness and keeps your spirits up.

Jasper, Ocean: Good for responsibility and patience. Good for digestion, detoxing, and the prevention of dis-ease. Good for meditation and circular breathing. Helps ease emotional stress.

Labradorite: Good for inspiration. Helps reduce feelings of insecurity, anxiety, and stress.

Lapis Lazuli: A “feel better” dark blue stone that brings vitality, wisdom, mental endurance, and creative expression. Good for relaxation, relationships, dreams, yin/yang balance, and all psychic abilities. Helps depression.

Lava Rock: Known for its grounding properties and is wonderful for calming emotions. It gives strength and courage. Helps with stability through change.

Malachite: A green stone that is good for endurance. Helps with physical balance, eyesight, and detoxing at a cellular level. Good for the immune system. Encourages restful sleep. Brings calm and emotional balance. Helps depression and manic depression.

Moonstone: White/cream/yellow/brown/blue/green or rainbow stone. Good for: wisdom, passion, change, new beginnings, endings, intuition, insight, and creativity. Brings good luck and a happy home. Good for: circulation, skin, hair, eyes, pituitary gland, and fertility. Helps women in terms of hormones and sexuality. Soothing and good for the inner self and emotions generally. Releases energy blocks. Brings calm, control, balance, confidence, composure, peace of mind, and caring and compassion. Helps oversensitivity, pessimism, and combats cycles/repeated patterns.

Obsidian: Black volcanic glass is known for protection, creativity, male qualities, and intuition. Good for digestion and survival instincts. Grounding.

Onyx, Black: Brings luck and happiness to the home. Good for bone marrow. Helps grief and lack of self-control. Helps you take charge of situations (strength and power). Good for yin/yang balance, contact with “god”, and connecting to your roots.

Opal: Good for creativity, inspiration, imagination, and memory. Aids detox. Helps infections. Promotes good and bad characteristics and allows bad ones to come out so you can deal with them.

Quartz, Rose: Known to be good for the health of the adrenal glands, heart, blood, circulation, kidneys, and spleen. Helps with general aches and pains. Good for forgiveness, love, romance, and relationships. Like a bubble bath for the emotions.

Strength & Love – Rose Quartz and Black Onyx

Rhodochrosite: Pinkish stone that brings courage. Good for memory, passion, sex, and making music. Good for the spleen, heart, circulation, and kidneys. Helps aging and myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Good for flow and yin/yang balance. Helps mental breakdown, 21st Century stress, and emotional trauma.

Zoisite: Good for laziness and idleness. Good for the heart, spleen, pancreas, and lungs. Helps negativity. The Ruby version has red in it.

Sodalite: A blue stone that is good for ideas, perception, creative expression, and endurance. Good for physical balance and the health of the metabolism and lymphatic system. Helps with high blood pressure, insomnia, autism, aging, diabetes, and calcium deficiency. Good for calming, self-esteem, mental health and healing, and communicating feelings. Helps with confusion, inadequacy, mental unrest, oversensitivity, and fear.

Warrior Spirit – Sodalite and Black Onyx
Warrior Spirit – Sodalite and Black Onyx

Sunstone: Orange stone that brings vitality, abundance, and longevity. Brings strength and energy. Helps with fear and stress. Offers protection from “evil spirits.”

Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Silverite: “Feel better” and “go for it” stone. Good for intuition, courage, new beginnings. Helps digestion and digestive disorders. Good for balance, calm, and grounding. Helps fear, worry, depression, turmoil, inhibition, negativity.

Tourmaline, Pink: Enhances healing ability and offers protection on all levels. Good for mental health and healing. Calming and good for self-confidence, balance, and removing blockages. Helps fear. Relieves a restless or troubled mind.

Turquoise: Good for creative expression, courage, communication, wisdom, Compassion, romance, love, and friendship. Helps with public speaking and writing. A multi-purpose healer for the body. Alleviates the harmful effects of radiation.

How to Spot a Fake

For more information on gemstones and minerals, visit Minerals.net – The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom. If you are wondering how to tell if a gemstone is real or not, here is a helpful article called the List of False or Misleading Gemstone Names from the International Gem Society.

Caring for your Stretch Crystal Healing Bracelets:

Roll the bracelet on and off your hand to help preserve the elasticity. Keep it dry and if it gets soiled, wipe with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly. Stacking them with other bracelets won’t damage them or reduce their effectiveness. There are a variety of ways to recharge and cleanse your crystals, which include putting your bracelet in direct sunlight or under a full moon. Some people like to use a sage smudge. I do not recommend putting them into saltwater due to the potential of damaging the elastic and some crystals and metals may not like the water (such as Angelite). If your bracelet has metal on it, store it in a sealed plastic bag or container to help prevent it from tarnishing. If your bracelet breaks or if you need it resized, please contact me as I aim for your complete satisfaction and enjoyment.

*There is no scientific evidence that crystals and gemstones can “heal” but they can offer a placebo effect of improved well-being when the wearer believes they can help. Safety Note: Please note that while the description of the properties of some crystals refers to healing benefits, they are not intended to replace diagnosis of illness or ailments, or healing, or medicine. Always consult your doctor or other medical or mental health professional in the case of illness. – The Little Pocket Book of Crystal Healing by Philip Permutt

To order your bracelet, please contact me by filling out the form below. Thanks!

Angela G. Gentile

Geek Squad has 1.4/5 Stars for a Reason

Geek Squad 1.4 Stars. bestbuy.ca

I have been offering Friendly Computer Tutor Services (Tech Support and Teaching) for the last month and I love it! I have been learning a lot and I find satisfaction in helping people who are struggling with technological issues. The mobile phone, laptop, tablet etc. that you have been frustrated with or given up on can finally be dealt with. I know how important it is to have computer-driven technology that works. It helps us stay connected, aids us in our work and play, and offers so much more.

Today I learned more about a company run by Best Buy called the Geek Squad. On the Best Buy website (as of this date, October 6, 2021), it shows a review of 1.4 stars out of 5. That is quite a low rating. I think that is for good reason, as I will explain below.

At a house call today I learned that my client is a paying member of the “Geek Squad Home Membership.” The Best Buy website has the following listed as a description of the Geek Squad and what they have to offer:

“Geek Squad Home Membership is one membership for all your devices—from Best Buy or not. For just $19.99 a month you’ll get unlimited support from our Agents, virus protection and data backup for your devices, huge savings on in-home services, and much more!” bestbuy.ca

The interesting thing to note here is that my client and I called the Geek Squad, and they said they had no record of her account (she has been a paying customer for almost two years). To have a one-time only assistance with her problem (on a Best Buy HP laptop), the Geek Squad operator said it would cost her $190.00. We were shocked! We decided to come back to this issue next week. We are planning on making an in-person visit to the Geek Squad at Best Buy to get this sorted out.

If you or someone you know is struggling with something to do with technology, please contact me and I will see how I can help. I can help troubleshoot, as well as advocate for you on your behalf. I know the language and how to navigate. I will help you call who you need to speak to and get ‘er done!

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW

Friendly Computer Tutor for Hire

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Do you have a tablet, cell phone, handheld device, computer, laptop, desktop, or e-reader that you don’t know how to use? Needing help with certain programs? Want to learn something? Connect with distant relatives and friends?

Do you want to have someone you can trust come to your home to help you learn how to use it? Or alternatively, meet in a public place?

I am a friendly, tech-savvy, patient, vaccinated, registered social worker, and I specialize in helping older adults. I would love to assist you.

Here are some things I can help with (not a complete list):

> Facebook

> email

> photos/videos

> camera feature

> apps

> Google

> Windows

> Safari

> Microsoft Word

> Facetime/Skype/etc. (video calls)

> games

> Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Radio

> Netflix/Amazon Prime/Youtube

> online ordering

> software updates

> reviewing security and privacy settings

> troubleshooting

> self-publishing books or articles (blogs)

*NO computer science, programming, or coding tutoring available at this time. 

NOTE: “Tutoring service” qualifies as a medical expense for your tax return in certain situations. Inquire for more details. 

BONUS: Pet Therapy is also available. Berkeley is a registered Havanese (small, fluffy, friendly dog) who enjoys to visit and love people up!

Berkeley, the Havanese

Please contact me if you are interested in a FREE 20-minute consultation to see if I can help you. After the first 20 minutes, the fee is $20 per hour. My hours are very flexible – daytime, evenings, and weekend appointments available. Inquire about packages and group rates. Winnipeg, Manitoba only.

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW

A One-Month-Old Retiree’s Perspective

Grand Beach, Manitoba

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW

My official last day of “work” was on Monday, June 7, 2021. I am reflecting on my last month as a new retiree and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. Most of my thoughts are good ones, so if you are into that sort of thing, you may enjoy what I have to say.

I had read in many places that it is good to retire with “a plan.” Instead of retiring FROM something, you should know what you are retiring TO. My plan for the three months following retirement was to rest, reflect and rejuvenate. One month into it, and I think I am accomplishing that. What I am going to do in the fall has not yet been determined.

Being newly retired after working in various social work positions feels like being on vacation. I felt the immediate sense of pressure, burnout, and overwhelm lift in the first couple of days of my retirement. I started feeling like “me” again. I was sleeping better (and longer), looking after myself, and enjoying the FREEDOM of not having any pressing plans or demands on my time and energy. Getting back to making myself a priority included serious and fun stuff, like:

  • colouring my hair blue, then purple
  • painting my finger nails and toe nails
  • reading/listening to books
  • started a “Diamond Art” project
  • saying “No” to some opportunities and commitments to honour my time of reflection and rest
  • shopping for new non-work clothes, shoes, and other fun things
  • getting a three-month yoga membership and doing yoga three times weekly
  • catching up with my friends and talking with them on the phone or FaceTime
  • going for walks
  • enjoying my backyard and my flower garden

The other things I have enjoyed is our camping trips with our travel trailer to two of our provincial parks. We went to Spruce Woods and Grand Beach. Although the temperature was around 30 degrees celsius, we made the beset of it!

Now that I have reconnected with myself and my husband (on our camping trips for sure!) my mind and heart are now starting to think about what I want to do with my time starting in the fall. As my energy and passion starts to return, I feel that the sky is the limit on what I can do. I am open to new opportunities, but I don’t want to overwhelm myself just yet.

I have taken my mom’s advice and have written a list of things I want to do each day. Getting a routine and building some structure to my day is helping. (And if I don’t get to it one day, I can carry it over to the next day!)

The biggest surprise so far is how fast the days fly by. I would have thought the days would drag on, but that is not the case for me! This is a reminder to make sure I am intentional with how I spend my time, for fear of “wasting” my life away. No other negatives have been experienced thus far.

I asked my doctor, “What advice would you give me, as a newly retired person?” She said, “Stay active.” I will definitely take her advice seriously.

I am still waiting on my retirement pension papers to arrive. It’s weird not having an income. Hopefully that will get sorted out soon.

No one has asked me (yet) “How’s retirement?” If someone asked me, I would say, “Great!” It still feels like a vacation to me – which is a good thing. How long will this feeling last? Only time will tell. I’ve never been retired before, so this is all new and exciting in it’s own way.

The Ten Dimensions of Wellness from an Aging Well Perspective (Podcast)

Have a listen to my interview with Dr. Andrea Wilkinson on the BrainShape Podcast, “Flourish or Fade with Angela Gentile.” Episode #121.

It was fun being a guest for the second time with Dr. Andrea. My book, Flourish or Fade: A guide to total well-being for women at midlife and beyond is available on Amazon. For more information on Dr. Andrea, please check out her website, https://www.brainshape.ca/ I hope you enjoy the interview!

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW

Aging in Place is Preferred by Nearly 80% of Adults Aged 50+

Guest post by Carolina Jimenez.

Aging in place is the process of staying in your own home as you grow older instead of moving to an outside facility. To properly age in place, you should create a budget, discuss options with your family, connect with home health services and identify necessary home modification projects. 

Nearly 80 percent of adults ages 50 and older want to remain in their current homes as they age, according to American Association of Retired People (AARP). Aging in place is often more affordable than transitioning to institutionalized care and allows someone to retain independence in a comfortable, familiar setting. However, aging in place isn’t right for everyone. It requires careful planning, research and coordination. 

What Is Aging in Place? 

Aging in place occurs when someone makes a conscious decision to grow older in their current residence instead of moving to an assisted living or long-term care facility. Aging in place works best for people who create a plan, modify their home and establish a supportive network of family and home care services. Affordable, accessible and suitable housing options also make it easier for older adults to age in place and remain in their community for years to come. 

The choice to either age in place or transition to assisted care is a complex and personal decision influenced by emotional, physical and financial factors. 

Is Aging in Place Right for You? 

Staying in a familiar setting is a priority for many seniors. But aging in place isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Maintaining independence can become increasingly difficult as age increases and health declines. 

Everyone’s situation is different. It’s important to evaluate and be realistic about your own circumstances. 

For more information on Aging in Place and the RetireGuide website> www.retireguide.com 

Book News: Updates and a New Book

I have been working on my books and I have two updates and one new book to tell you about.

Now in hardcover: “Flourish or Fade”

My newest book, “Flourish or Fade: A guide to total well-being for women at midlife and beyond” (2021) is now available in hardcover! This is the first book that I have been able to make into a hardcover version. Amazon had approached me to see if I would be interested in trying out this new feature they were offering, so I took them up on it. Let me know if you decided to get a copy of it in hardcover. I would love to know what you think.

Paperback updated for 2021: “Caring for a Husband with Dementia”

I have updated the paperback version of “Caring for a Husband with Dementia” for 2021. I have taken out some links that no longer worked. Many of the links were from the “Alzheimer’s Reading Room” which has been removed off the internet. I have also added a reference to a book by Marie Marley and Daniel C. Potts which has a lot of the information that was in the links which have been removed. Their book is called, “Finding Joy in Alzheimer’s: New Hope for Caregivers” (2015).

Temporary cover: “Caring for Someone with Cognitive Decline”

I have completely revised, updated, and expanded my book on dementia caregiving to create a new book, “Caring for Someone with Cognitive Decline: Information, tips, and support for caregivers” (2021). It’s reasonably priced at $12.95 USD (eBook is $3.95 USD). This book was a project I had been wanting to do for a long time. I had been told the original book, “Caring for a Husband with Dementia” was suitable for all caregivers. After working with many people with dementia and their families, I felt it was time to complete this book project. The book is now available on Amazon, however, the cover is only temporary. I am currently in the process of seeking a new book cover design, so if you have any ideas, please let me know!

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW

Retirement News – Reflecting on My Next Steps

Angela G. Gentile

Retirement is not the end of the road; it’s the beginning of the open highway.

On the heels of the launch of my sixth book, “Flourish or Fade,” and after 21 years of working full-time, I have made the decision to retire. I have been working in the healthcare field for most of my social work career, with positions in long-term care, home care, and most recently geriatric mental health.

Retirement at this stage in my life means retiring from a job that no longer suits me. It’s been eight months since I started thinking about leaving my current position of 11 years. Perhaps it was the Covid-19 pandemic that was the icing on the cake. I had burned out while working in Home Care, so I didn’t want it to happen again. I wasn’t able to find a more suitable position so I decided to retire. My last day with my current full-time job will be on Monday, June 7, 2021. 15 more working days. The countdown is on!

I have heard it said in order to not be disappointed in retirement, an attitude of retiring TO something, versus retiring FROM something can help with the transition. With that said, I am retiring to a lifestyle where I can decide if I want to work, how much I want to work, and what kind of work I want to do. I am blessed with a great pension, some savings, and a supportive partner who helps makes this possible.

I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life. To kick off my retirement I plan to slow down, take stock, and reflect on what I want and need. I am not sure what my next steps will be – but I am keeping all my options open.

Angela G. Gentile

What is a Bloomer?

A Bloomer is a woman who…

♥ has come to full maturity

♥ embraces her age (age is just a number)

♥ looks after herself

♥ loves herself

♥ is self-compassionate

♥ encourages and supports other women

♥ accepts herself

♥ is true to herself

♥ strives to be her best

♥ makes the rest of her life the best of her life

♥ is resilient — bounces back

♥ nurtures herself

♥ can say no — sets limits

A Bloomer lifestyle is one which is

♦ balanced — work, play, rest/body, mind, soul

♦ active

♦ nutritionally sound

♦ fun — laugh, love, live, dance

To Bloom is to strive towards greatness. To Bloom is to flourish.

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW (Specialization in Aging)

Author of Flourish or Fade: A guide to total well-being for women at midlife and beyond