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Peanut Butter: A New Detection Method for Alzheimers?

Posted on Fri, November 8, 2013 at 3:36 am

  Widely followed health practioner Dr. Mercola from the United States shares an interesting technique in detecting Alzheimer`s disease (projected to affect as many as one in four Americans in the next 20 years - no question a similar percentage of Canadians if we could extrapolate the findings) .  The ``peanut butter test`` involves testing the sense of smell in the left nostril since the sense of smell is linked the first cranial nerve and… Read More.

Adopt-a-granny Program Begins in Siberia

Posted on Mon, October 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

News out of Siberia today introduces us to the second unique method of caring for the elderly in a less than a week.  Last week we learned of a new trial Dutch system that requires requires friends and family members of residents in a home to ``volunteer`` for four hours each month.   Today we learn of a new program in Siberia being called simply ``Adopt-A-Granny``.  In the Omsk region of Russia alone there are… Read More.

The Netherlands Tries a New Model for Sharing Elderly Care Burden

Posted on Fri, October 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands envisions a ``society of participation`` for his country which would share the burden and alleviate some of the strain on his country`s generous welfare state.  This model is being employed in a small retirement home outside the city of Gouda.  Here, a person can only get a room if their family, friend, or relative also committ to helping the home and wellbeing of residents by sharing their own… Read More.

RBC Poll Suggests Retirees Want to Stay at Home

Posted on Fri, October 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm

In a short, but insightful, poll commissioned by RBC, the bank discovered that retirees would far rather stay in their own home and pay for home care than move in with family or into a retirement residence.  According to the poll the three key triggers that lead to a move are: 1.  Health changes 2.  Downsizing 3.  Death of a partner For RBC`s news release, copy and paste this link into your browser (do not… Read More.

``Who Cares?`` CBC Launches New Series

Posted on Thu, October 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  The CBC launched Part 1 of their investigational series ``Who Cares?`` on October 7th, 2013.  The series includes a look into the long-term care needs of residents in Thunder Bay, Ontario and the staffing required to meet them.  The opening series points out that many seniors are entering long-term care homes with more complex needs and that there is a chronic shortage of workers necessary to take care of residents.  For example, Ontario`s Long… Read More.

Head Injuries and Falls Among Seniors ...

Posted on Tue, October 8, 2013 at 3:31 am

We have seen considerable press in the last week about seniors and falls.  On the weekend, it was reported that Dr. Howard Fink had linked stressful life events and falls among male seniors.  Today, we learn from several sites, including the CBC, that researchers at Simon Fraser University (who studied falls on video) have found a close connection between falls and tramautic brain injury.  This is not terribly surprising research when you consider the often… Read More.

Stressful Events Increase Male Seniors Risk of Falls

Posted on Sun, October 6, 2013 at 4:55 am

  Dr. Howard Fink, an internist from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and his team have discovered that stressful events such as severe financial hardship or the death of a spouse have direct health links related to falling.  In short, men with a single stressful event had a 33% greater chance of falling than those who did not, and men who endured more than one stressful event in a year had a 68% greater chance of falling.  As… Read More.

No Charges Laid in Nursing Home Abuse Case

Posted on Mon, September 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm

In a high profile case that generated significant media coverage, police have decided not to lay charges against staff in a long-term care facility in Peterborough, Ontario. CBC`s Coverage (copy and paste in browser): CTV`s Coverage (copy and paste in browser): After noticing scratches and bruises on his 85-year old mother Hellen MacDonald, Camille Parent decided to place a hidden camera in her room.  What he caught on tape was horrifying:  employees mandhandling… Read More.

Elderly U.S. Couple Die Hours Apart

Posted on Tue, September 3, 2013 at 5:00 am

  In a beautiful and heart-warming story (August 25th, 2013), the Dayton Daily News reported the story of Ruth and Harold (Doc) Knapke whose 65 year marriage ended only with their passing within 11 hours of each other in a nursing home in Ohio.  The story was picked up by world news outlets and the original story can be found here: (copy and paste this link, do not click on it)  Their marriage was… Read More.

Prince Edward Island Seniors - Nominations Now Being Accepted

Posted on Sun, July 7, 2013 at 2:44 am

July 5, 2013 For immediate release Nominations invited for 2013 Senior Islanders of the YearCommunity Services and Seniors Community groups, organizations and the public are encouraged to nominate senior citizens for the 2013 Prince Edward Island Senior Islanders of the Year Award, says Honourable Valerie E. Docherty, Minister of Community Services and Seniors.   The annual awards recognize the significant contributions of Island seniors in volunteerism, artistic achievement, fundraising, community participation, career achievements, fitness/recreation and other… Read More.

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