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Tougher Sentences for Crimes Against Seniors

Posted on Tue, March 27, 2012 at 1:15 am

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Halifax Adopts Technology to Help Locate Those With Alzheimers Who Wander

Posted on Wed, February 8, 2012 at 3:39 am

With funding from the Nova Scotia Department for Seniors, 10 residents of Nova Scotia suffering from Alzheimers disease with a history of wandering, will be part of a pilot project in which they wear a Satellite Option Finding Technology on their wrist.  The device will allow for real-time tracking on the individual and, once notified, Halifax Regional Police will be able to locate the lost individual within 3 meters of their position.  The technology weighs… Read More.


Brain Size and Alzheimers

Posted on Wed, February 8, 2012 at 2:59 am

According to a research study headed by Dr. Bradford Dickerson of the Harvard Medical School, those who later developed Alzheimers disease were more likely to have a smaller hippocampus and other areas of the brain affected by Alzheimers, when compared to those who were cognitively normal.  More importantly, the areas of the brain affected by Alzheimers can start to shrink up to 10 years before there are any overt signs of the disease.  This is… Read More.


Sign Petition to Help Seniors

Posted on Tue, January 17, 2012 at 2:34 am

Lately, I have read too many news stories about hospitals trying to force seniors out the door using a threatening letter accompanied by a huge bill.  Can you imagine the senior`s feeling of despair and panic? I fully understand that hospitals are acute care facilities and not long-term care facilities, but they simply cannot use scare tactics when the real problem is that seniors are victims of a system that does not have enough long-term care beds… Read More.


Nursing Home Worker Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault of Alzheimers Resident

Posted on Wed, December 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm

According to CP24 News, a male support worker was allegedly sexually assaulting an 88 year old female resident, at Kensington Long-term Care Centre,who suffers from Alzheimer\'s disease, when another employee walked in the washroom, witnessed the incident, and contacted authorities.  My heart goes out to this woman who suffered this terrible abuse.  I am thankful that the witness contacted authorities to ensure that this man is stopped from abusing other seniors. Read More.


Fire in Nova Scotia Senior Residence

Posted on Thu, December 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm

A fire broke out in a Nova Scotia seniors residence when a resident reached over the stove and her clothes caught fire.    Typically one thinks of stoves being a concern when seniors with memory impairments leave the oven or burners on.  But,  seniors tend to wear loose fitting clothing, and if the stove has controls at the rear, a senior is forced to reach over hot elements to adjust the temperature.  Consequently, a fire is likely because the loose… Read More.


Simple Changes Can Improve Cognitive Functioning in Seniors

Posted on Thu, December 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm

A new study published in Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition described how simple changes can help lessen the impact of age related visual problems, and consequently, cognition.  Researchers from Boston University and Case Western Reserve University choose to study Bingo because it is a popular activity amoung seniors.  They found that all groups (young healthy, old healthy, Alzheimers, Parkinsons) performed better when the bingo cards are larger, the font is more bold, and fewer bingo cards are used… Read More.


Caregiving and the Holidays

Posted on Thu, December 15, 2011 at 3:17 am

We all know that the holidays are a very busy time of year for everyone.  People frantically rush home to prepare dinner for their family then race to the mall to desperately try and find the perfect gift for everyone on their list.  It\'s no wonder why caregivers find the holidays an especially stressful time of year.  If you are caring for an aged loved one please remember that you must take care of yourself… Read More.


British Columbia Increases Senior`s Income

Posted on Wed, December 14, 2011 at 3:48 am

British Columbia Seniors living in a residential care home will have more disposable income because the government is increasing the amount for personal spending/disposable income from $275 per month to $325 per month, which equates to an additional $300 per year.  Read More.


Alberta Senior Dies Due to Scalding

Posted on Wed, December 14, 2011 at 3:43 am

An Albera senior who was under provincial care died a month after being scalded due to overly hot bath water.  Assessing water tempertures in all senior homes, whether it be a private home, retirement home, nursing home, or home of a senior living in the community, should be done on a regular basis.  Anti-scald devices should be installed on all faucets, and the hot water tank should be adjusted so the temperature does not exceed 120 F.  Read More.


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