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Celebrating 100 Years Young

Last week I had a pleasure of attending the 100th birthday of one of my (favourite) clients.  She is one of the lucky ones as she still lives in her own home and is able to afford 24/7 care.  She has a wonderful care team who have been consistently providing…

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Homicide in Ontario LTC Homes

Readers in Ontario are likely familiar with Elizabeth Tracy Mae Wettlaufer, a former registered nurse, who confessed to murdering eight senior citizens and attempting to murder six others in southwestern Ontario long term care (LTC) homes between 2007 and 2016. Following her criminal conviction, the province of Ontario established a…

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A Stroke of Bad Luck

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Similarly, if someone has a silent stroke and there are not obvious physical symptoms, is it still considered a stroke.  YES it is and it can cause permanent brain damage….

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What an Attorney for Personal Care Can Do

In Ontario, a power of attorney for personal care is defined in the Substitute Decisions Act (SDA) and allows the appointed attorney to act as the substitute decision maker (SDM) for an incapable person. The appointed attorney is given the authority to make decisions such as: medical treatments, admission to…

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Hot Stuff!

It is hot out there.  We have had heat advisories  and I hope we have been paying attention.  I called my elderly client  to see how she was doing and she  told me she was not feeling well. I spoke with her caregiver and  asked if her AC was working. …

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Neuroimaging and Capacity

Neuroimaging and Dementia
Technology has increasingly allowed us to peek into the brain, and medical professionals, scientists, lawyers, and laypeople increasingly form opinions of what these images tell us. When it comes to understanding the human mind, humans are more likely to trust brain imaging data as more authoritative and credible than behavioural data.

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Summer Time and the Living is Easy

Are you planning any summer holidays?  Are you travelling alone or with your family?  Should you decide to vacation with your older parent, there are some pre planning tips that can make this journey more enjoyable for both of you. Firstly, know what type of holiday would be best for…

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Standing Together

Last week I attended the funeral of my mother’s dear friend and spent a few days reminiscing with long time family friends.  No one wants to be the last woman standing as saying goodbye appears to get harder and harder; especially as there are fewer and fewer around to provide…

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Happy Birthday: Our Updated Federal Dementia Strategy

A few weeks ago  there was an announcement  that the Federal health minister earmarked $50 million over 5 years to support our new dementia strategy.  You may recall that the National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Act was passed in June 2017, which at that time, was a…

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Elder Abuse: When The Numbers Don’t Add Up.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. I continue to be saddened by the many different ways that elders can be taken advantage of.   Financial abuse is one of the types identified, included with physical and emotional abuse as well as with neglect. There are some telltale signs that…

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