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Caring for Someone with Dementia

I was browsing through the Canadian Family Physician Magazine (Vol 64 April 2018) and the ‘Geriatric Gem’ caught my interest. The topic is on supporting caregivers, specifically those of persons with dementia. The evidence presented is that “caregivers of persons living with dementia are at higher risk of depression, substance…

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Senior Caregivers in Canada

Statistics Canada 2012 indicated that 28% of Canadians provided unpaid care to a family member or friend.  Just less than half (12% of all caregivers) were seniors themselves. In fact, this group was most likely to spend the longest hours per week providing care.  Almost one quarter of this group…

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LTCHA Fails to Meet its Mandate for Seniors with Dementia and Responsive Behaviours

All long-term care homes in Ontario are governed by one piece of legislation: the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 (LTCHA) designed to help ensure that residents of long-term care homes receive safe, consistent, high-quality resident-centred care. The Ontario Regulation 79/10 (Regulation) is made under the LTCHA and provides additional requirements….

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Helping Caregivers Get Ready for Tax Time

While we are almost down to the wire and for those who have yet to file their taxes, this blog will highlight the new Canada Caregiver tax credit.  This credit replaces the Infirm Dependent, Caregiver and Family Tax credits.  It was designed to assist families with caregiving responsibilities to  provide…

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Assisting Detection of Hospital Acquired Delirium by Informal Caregivers – The Sour Seven

In the March 2018 edition of Reader’s Digest, I came across an article called “State of Confusion”[i] about hospital acquired delirium and the negative consequences that can arise from it. (The author’s original article can be found online.)[ii] The editor’s letter “Decoding Delirium”[iii] in the same issue recounts her mother’s…

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Supporting Caregivers, One Day At A Time

Last week I had the  pleasure of presenting to a group of caregivers from the Alzheimers Society Kingston Frontenac & Addington chapter.  One thing that everyone in the group had in common was that they were all loving someone who had a diagnosis of dementia.  Just to refresh terminology, “dementia…

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January is Alzheimers’ Awareness Month

Let’s take a moment to consider one of the biggest health crises that we will be facing over the next several years. A health diagnosis that not only robs people of their memories but a health crisis that can destroy families. Without planning, I fear it may also bankrupt our…

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September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

September 21 was World Alzheimer’s Day. The Public Health Agency of Canada notes that more than 402,000 seniors (65 years and older) are living with dementia and this a number that will continue to grow. Dementia is the plague of the 21st century and we don’t yet have a cure….

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The Balancing Act Continues

Labour Day signifies back to school and for many parents, having their children return to school is a great relief. However for many of those ‘sandwiched’ between working full time and providing caregiving assistance to older family members, a return to school may mean less time for themselves. Helping with…

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Young Carers and Back to School

With Labour Day fast approaching I thought it would be fitting to highlight the role that young caregivers have in providing care to another person. Since the creation of ‘Lucky, The Young Carer Rap’ video  which was a partnership with the Vanier Institute of the Family based on research conducted by…

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