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December 15th, 2011
Homecare is not Healthcare for Canada’s Elderly

Homecare is not Healthcare for Canada’s Elderly

Why it is exactly that in Canada we lump together healthcare and homecare as though they were one in the same – as though the very real needs of our elderly and their uncompensated caregivers can wait under the umbrella of “healthcare first?” Homecare and Healthcare are distinct and the government should take a closer

November 15th, 2011
Holding an Effective Family Meeting

Holding an Effective Family Meeting

Families that make decisions together, cooperate together.  Well, at least in an ideal world.  In reality, while families are coming together over a busy holiday and using this time to hold meetings, discussing the care and concerns of an aging loved one, decisions that are made can fall apart, are ignored or forgotten, or the

September 30th, 2011
Does the Seasonal Flu Vaccination Really Prevent the Flu?

Does the Seasonal Flu Vaccination Really Prevent the Flu?

Flu season is almost upon us and while many of us get the vaccination “just to be sure” or because we are required to, have you ever doubted whether or not the flu vaccination really works? Does it prevent you from getting the flu? Each year researchers decide which three influenza strains are likely to

September 15th, 2011
Early Dementia Remains Difficult for GP’s to Diagnose

Early Dementia Remains Difficult for GP’s to Diagnose

September is Alzheimer’s awareness month, and with progress being made to understand the mysteries inside our aging craniums, and current treatment options focused on establishing early diagnosis, are we at least now able to make correct and prompt early dementia diagnoses? Many early symptoms of Alzheimer’s are ambiguous or simply not recognizable, especially by a

September 8th, 2011
More Geriatricians Needed to Meet Canada’s Demand

More Geriatricians Needed to Meet Canada’s Demand

It’s no surprise thatCanada’s population is aging as boomers make their way into their older years. In fact, Seniors are the fastest-growing segment of the Canadian population, with 4.8 million people aged 65 or older, a figure expected to increase to 10.4 million by 2036. This aging demographics’ increased demand for services, combined with a

August 17th, 2011
De-age Your Brain for Memories Sake

De-age Your Brain for Memories Sake

A growing number of medical researchers say that leisure activities that challenge the mind— like learning music, playing cards, knitting, and woodworking—can prolong healthy brain functioning. “We used to think that you were born with all the nerve cells you were ever going to have, and all you could do over your lifetime was lose

August 15th, 2011
Family Caregivers Need a Vacation, Too!

Family Caregivers Need a Vacation, Too!

As August sees a mass exodus from the offices, most of us envision trading in responsibilities for a glass of wine and a good read. Yet, not all of us are so lucky. Who works 24 hours a day without benefits, compensation or holidays? Family caregivers do.   Taking a break from the ceaseless responsibilities of

August 5th, 2011
C. Difficile – Is Prevention a Better Option?

C. Difficile – Is Prevention a Better Option?

 The headlines are fading, but not the pain felt by those touched by the recent C. difficile outbreak in Southern Ontario. Those headlines talked a lot about the importance of hand washing and maintaining a clean hospital environment as a course of action against the spread of the disease. Does this not seem a bit

July 29th, 2011
Tips on Managing Long Distance Caregiving

Tips on Managing Long Distance Caregiving

You live a typically busy “sandwich generation” life with your spouse and children, visiting your aging parents if and when the opportunity arises, and that has worked out fine – until the hospital calls in the middle of the night to say that your Mom in rural Manitoba has fallen and been hospitalized. What do

July 21st, 2011
Tips on Keeping Cool!

Tips on Keeping Cool!

It’s a scorcher out there! Record breaking temperatures are being felt everywhere and it’s vitally important to keep cool, especially for the older members of our community. When the mercury climbs to uncomfortable levels the body has natural mechanisms in place to compensate. As we age, our body becomes less well equipped to regulate internal


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