Do intentional communities make retirement sense?

Picturing a idyllic rural setting with exercise, freedom, stimulation – and support as needed. All crafted to cater to seniors

Do intentional communities make retirement sense?My Mom is still teaching me life lessons in her 90s. Chief of these recently has been the creation of an intentional community in which to retire. After a year spent essentially nursing my father through his final days in a fashionable, for-profit Vancouver rest home, he died and she decided to move into an…

Who’s caring for the nursing home carers?

Nursing home care aides are burning out but measures can be taken to improve their work conditions. And that will result in better care for their patients

Who’s caring for the nursing home carers?By Carole A. Estabrooks and Stephanie A. Chamberlain Contributors Many of us have moms and dads or older friends and relatives in nursing home facilities. We care very much about their well-being and the supports they receive. But who’s caring for the care aides who do the bulk of the front-line work in nursing homes?…

Canada’s health system fails the elderly

Solving long hospital wait times requires a fundamental shift in the way we care for the elderly

Canada’s health system fails the elderlyBy David Wiercigroch and Caberry Weiyang Yu EvidenceNetwork.ca Hospital overcrowding is not a new issue. Limited bed spaces have plagued Ontario hospitals for years and are increasingly straining our system. Not only are long wait times a shameful expectation when patients arrive in the emergency department, providing care in a busy hospital hallway has become…

Five (bad) assumptions caregivers must overcome

These assumptions can harm caregivers over time. Happiness and fulfilment are emotions that must be generated from within

Five (bad) assumptions caregivers must overcomeBy Donna Thompson Contributor Troy Media Most people who say ‘Yes’ to caring for someone they love begin with a set of assumptions. And those assumptions can harm us over time. Here’s why. Bad assumption: My role is to give care. Why do we believe that caregivers only give care? Of course, there is one person…

Siblings who become caretakers often lack adequate support

Individuals with developmental disabilities live longer than ever and that means the responsibility for care is shifting to siblings

Siblings who become caretakers often lack adequate supportBy Helen Ries and Becky Rossi EvidenceNetwork.ca, University of Winnipeg A combination of better medical care and good lives in the community mean longer life expectancies for individuals with a developmental disability. That’s good news. But many are outliving their parents, who have taken care of them over their lifetimes. Once parents are no longer…

How to keep your aging mind sharp

Research supports the ‘use it or lose it’ theory of mental ability

How to keep your aging mind sharpJust as we need to exercise our bodies to keep them healthy as we age, we must also exercise our minds to keep them from deteriorating. Research shows that people who engage in more activities that stimulate the mind have sharper cognitive functioning as they age than people who do not challenge their brains. In…

Facing frailty head-on

A national seniors strategy needs to account for complexity in the aging process, including risk and vulnerability

Facing frailty head-onBy Russell Williams and John Muscedere EvidenceNetwork.ca Canadians 65 years and older now outnumber children 14 years and under, which means our needs as a society are changing. We’re succeeding in shifting the aging curve through preventive interventions and better public health – that’s good news. But the changing demographic is causing strains in our…

Kindersley forum to help caregivers and parents

May 1 event to help those with children and young adults who have physical, intellectual and medical challenges

Kindersley forum to help caregivers and parentsKenneth Brown of The Clarion Several organizations are coming together in May to provide a forum for people who are looking after children and young adults who have a range of challenges. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the Sun West School Division are facilitating the forum for parents and caregivers of children and young…

Early dementia diagnosis helps patients live fuller lives

There comes a moment when the doubt disappears and the panic sets in

Early dementia diagnosis helps patients live fuller livesThere comes a moment when the doubt disappears and the panic sets in. For one retired executive, that moment came in January 2007 while he was driving his car to pick up a DVD at the library near his home in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey, B.C. As he was heading to his destination, he…

Include people living with frailty in health-care decision-making

Older Canadians say their top priorities are better co-ordinated care systems and more community and home-based supports

Include people living with frailty in health-care decision-makingBy Katherine McGilton and John Muscedere EvidenceNetwork.ca More than one million Canadians are medically frail – approximately 25 per cent of those are over age 65 and 50 per cent past age 85. The aging of Canadian society and the growing number of older adults living with frailty poses unprecedented societal and medical challenges that will…

Physician, heal yourself – or at least your attitude

It's time both doctors and front-line staff began to reflect the kind of compassionate care we deserve and should expect

Physician, heal yourself – or at least your attitudeAn open letter to health-care professionals: Let’s agree that having to see a doctor or being admitted to a hospital is an activity that greatly impacts our overall physical and psychological well-being. Now, let’s pretend that the receptionists and front office staff at a medical clinic are actually a reflection of the kind of care…

When a caregiver becomes a care receiver

Lesson learned: We need to apply child-friendly practices to adult care because when you are ill or injured, you feel like a child again

When a caregiver becomes a care receiverPaid or unpaid, caregivers are never supposed to get sick, right? But sometimes we do. Sue Robins owns a health-care communications company and is the mother of a young man with Down syndrome. Robins used to blog about caring for her son and his encounters with the health-care system. But that all changed the day she received…

Navigating health and social system a challenge to caregivers

The time it takes caregivers to navigate medical and social care systems may surprise many health policy analysts, but not caregivers

Navigating health and social system a challenge to caregiversBy Amélie Quesnel-Vallée and Miles Taylor EvidenceNetwork.ca The Canadian population is aging. For the first time, Canadians 65 years and over outnumber those 14 years and under. To face this major demographic change head on, we need to adapt. In particular, to meet the preferences of the great majority of Canadians who want to age in the…

A personal journey in care giving

The hardest challenge of being a caregiver for elderly relatives is remembering that you, too, have a life to live

A personal journey in care givingCaregiver isn’t my profession, but it is something I do daily. I take care of my grandmother because she was there when I was younger. She took me in during troubling times and helped me become a better person. I owe it to myself to give back since offering care is the most natural of…

Six places to find local caregiver support

Here are some community resources where help might be found in your neighbourhood. There may be more caregiver support than you imagined

Six places to find local caregiver supportNatural caregiving at home can be isolating. Alone with your loved one, it’s easy to lose connection to the neighbourhood and the supports in it. Here are some community resources where help might be found: Schools Elementary schools may have a volunteer program for reading to children. Participating as a reader can provide a valuable…