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January is Alzheimers’ Awareness Month

Reposted @allaboutestates.ca January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Like many of you, I think about Alzheimers quite often; not only the (not so) occasional memory lapses but for anyone who lives with dementia- closely impacting their own lives- the devastation it can bring. Do we need a special awareness month to…

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Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities ( NORC)

Many of us have questions/concerns about where we will live, when we are no longer able to remain in our homes and this seems to be a topic discussed regularly. I am sure over the holidays there were many similar sounding conversations had with friends either talking about their parent(s)…

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The ‘D’ word we don’t talk about- enough

Delirium: At this time of year many of us, regardless of age, can get the flu. Unfortunately for seniors, the flu can be particularly dangerous- for a number of reasons – Pneumonia – Dehydration – Greater falls risk with weakness – Body weakness and – Delirium- the topic of today’s…

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Glad to be a day older…..

As we wind down 2018 and look forward to 2019, I always ask myself ‘where did the time go?’ I don’t really know because I am sure like many of you, I don’t feel much older than I did last year or the year before. I think we notice that…

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Year End Wishes for Changes to Care for Patients with Dementia

Health Quality Ontario, in collaboration with clinical experts, patients, residents, and caregivers across the province, is developing quality standards for care providers in Ontario. I participated in developing the quality standard: Behavioural Symptoms of Dementia: Care for Patients in Hospitals and Residents in Long-Term Care Homes. This quality standard focuses…

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T’was the Fight Before Christmas

Where has the time gone? Have you noticed that the older one gets the faster time is? I can’t believe we are almost at the end of 2018. Upon reflection, it has been a whirlwind year. My work takes me into the lives of many individuals who may be in…

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A Cup of Care: A Pinch of Hope: Spending holidays with a family member who has dementia.

The holidays can be a wonderful time to spend together with loved ones, remembering the meaning of the season and celebrating together. When visiting with and sharing time with a family member who has dementia, the challenge is with the expectation. The Alzheimer’s Society notes that often caregivers must deal…

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Shining a Spotlight on (Ontario) Caregivers

The Change Foundation just published their findings on Ontario Caregivers- a fitting reflection for National Caregiving Awareness month. I have summarized some of their key findings based on a study involving 800 respondents across Ontario: – Canadian family caregivers provide roughly ¾ of all patient care and their contributions to…

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November is……..

November is Make a Will month in Ontario; National Diabetes month and National Family Caregivers month in the States; Osteoporosis awareness month in Canada, and Movember for men’s health awareness. However most fitting for today is Remembrance Day, symbolized by the poppy. Remembrance Day is a significant day in the…

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Getting Ready for the Final Scene

While the majority of my work is assisting with the living process, these past few week has been occupied with planning for the dying process. I am currently working with two wonderful ladies who have both been assigned palliative care physicians. One who is lucky enough to be home and…

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