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Hospital Threatens Senior With $1300 Daily Fee

Posted on Tue, December 13, 2011 at 2:56 am

When an Ontario senior suffered a stroke and ended up in the hospital with a feeding tube and distorted speech, her daughter choose two nursing homes to add as her `desired homes` for the  nursing home application list, all other nursing homes where too far for family and friends to travel and visit.  The hospital wrote a letter to the daugther indicating that she must add a third nursing home to the list or face a daily… Read More.


Government of Ontario Toll-Free Caregiver Hotline

Posted on Sat, December 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Caregivers are starting to be heard and their cry for help is being acknowledged.  The Government of Ontario has set up a toll-free hotline for caregivers to learn about their rights and receive some guidance about their concerns.  The number to call is 1-866-372-3247.  Read More.


GPS Shoes Used to Help Locate Those with Dementia and Alzheimers

Posted on Wed, November 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm

If you are caring for a senior with Alzheimers or dementia, or if your loved one with Alzheimers in a nursing home and has made a successful attempt out of the long term care facility,  there is a relatively new product that can help you locate them.  Most are aware of cellphones to track seniors with Alzheimers, but they must remember to have the cellphone with them for this method to be successful.  GTX Corp,… Read More.


Bilingualism and Alzheimers

Posted on Fri, October 21, 2011 at 2:20 am

Cortex journal published an article from lead researcher and neuroscientist Tom Schweizer (University of Toronto) looking at the relationship between bilingualism and Alzheimers. Comparing CT scans of bilingual and unilingual participants with comparable levels of education and cognitive skills, both groups produced similar results even though bilingual participants had twice as much brain atropy.  Schweizer noted that bilingual individuals are constantly using their brain to switch languages and suppress one language in order to speak… Read More.


There is Something Universal About Caregiving

Posted on Fri, October 21, 2011 at 1:43 am

When I wrote a story about caregiving for a popular mom\'s website, I didn\'t know how it would be received because the article was geared to the sandwich generation - those caring for their children and their aging parents.  I shared important tips on how to help identify if a caregiver is reaching burnout and why it is so important to realize that you are reaching your boiling point.  If you are too tired, sick, or… Read More.


Caregivers Will Find Relief With Tyze

Posted on Fri, October 7, 2011 at 12:35 am

I don\'t usually post a blog about a product or service, but I recently learned about Tyze and was quite impressed and wanted to give this product some much deserved attention.  I fully support products or services than can make a positive impact on seniors, or their caregivers.  Although Tyze is marketed to seniors living in their own home, I believe that it will benefit seniors in nursing homes as well.  Tyze is at www.tyze.com and just… Read More.


Nursing Home Rating User Invited to Be on the Radio

Posted on Fri, September 30, 2011 at 1:41 am

On November 14, I will be pre-recording a radio show - Family Caregivers United! - on Voice America (www.voiceamerica.com), which is a leader in internet media.  The host,  Dr. Atherley, and I will be discussing the nursing home industry.  We would like to involve someone who uses www.nursinghomeratings.ca to help choose a nursing home for their loved one.  You do not have to go to a radio station to participate, we will call you and do the… Read More.


Rev. Robertson`s Comments About Divorce and Alzheimers Disease

Posted on Mon, September 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm

So far I have not blogged about anything remotely controversial, but today I feel the need to voice my concern about comments made recently by Rev. Pat Roberston concerning Alzheimers.     On the 700 Club, a viewer wrote in seeking Rev. Robertson`s advice about a friend who was dating a women after his wife developed Alzheimers disease.  Rev. Robertson responded, ``I know it sounds cruel, but if he`s going to do something, he should divorce her… Read More.


Cut the Salt and Add the Exercise

Posted on Thu, September 15, 2011 at 2:47 am

In a study published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, reseachers looked at salt consumption and activity level of 1,262 healthy Quebec residing male and females adults aged between 67 and 84 years over a three years period.  Participants who consumed no more than 2,263 mg of salt per day were classified as low sodium intakers, those consuming between 2,264 and 3,090 mg/day were classified as mid-sodium intakers, and high-sodium intake referred to intaking at least … Read More.


British Columbia and Ontario Health Care Premiums

Posted on Fri, August 26, 2011 at 3:32 am

According to the Canada Health Act, health services cannot be denied to a Canadian based on their ability to pay.  Currently, Ontario and B.C. are the only provinces that charge residents a health care premium. In Ontario, the amount of premium you will pay depends on your taxable income listed on your tax return.   If you live in Ontario and have an annual taxable income of less than $21,000 you will be exempt from the Ontario Health… Read More.


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