Canada Alzheimer's

B.C. Woman Loses Right-To-Die Appeal Despite Mom's Living Will

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - The daughter of an 83-year-old woman with late-stage Alzheimer's disease says she is worn down and disappointed after losing another legal...

What To Do When Mom or Dad Wanders

AlzLIVE | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Living

Is your dad, spouse or other relative with Alzheimer's breaking away from the family on an outing, getting up in the middle of the night and leaving the house, wandering out of the doctor's office when you turn your back for a minute? Here's what you can do.

Audiences Shouldn't Have to Put Up With Politicians 'Bringing Greetings'

Bob Ramsay | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Bob Ramsay

I recently paid $50 to attend a preview screening of the movie, Still Alice. The film was to start at 7 p.m. But it began 40 minutes late. Not only did executives of each of the sponsors insist on their (equal) time at the podium, but, much like victims of an interminable home invasion, the 500 of us in the audience had to endure "greetings" from three different politicians. Why do we put up with this?

Former B.C. Premier's Alzheimer's Prompts $9.1 Million Donation

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Canadian diamond miner is donating $9.1 million for Alzheimer's research because his longtime friend — and former B.C. premier — Bill Bennett is...

Canadian Healthcare Needs to Tackle Dementia

Susan Eng | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Eng

News that Spirit of the West vocalist, John Mann, has early onset Alzheimer's is the latest in a series of wake up calls that Canada needs to get ready for a burgeoning incidence of dementia as the population ages. The percentage of people afflicted may not be increasing but the sheer size of the boomer generation reaching the vulnerable age bands is a challenge that Canada's healthcare system has yet to meet. It is already on the minds of many: three-quarters of CARP members polled were touched by dementia, and most (81 per cent) think Canada is not prepared for it as boomers age.

Can Weight Loss Make You Smarter?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Being overweight is associated with multiple negative health effects, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Conversely, weight loss can lower the risk of developing such illnesses, or lighten their burden. Now, a new study from Brazil found that besides physical improvements, slimming down can also produce positive outcomes for the mind.

Why We Need To Push Kids Into Careers In STEM-Based Industries

Mark Lievonen | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada
Mark Lievonen

The long-term benefits derived from investing in STEM-related programs impact many sectors. Of the 10 highest-paying jobs in Canada, seven are found in STEM industries, of which four are within non-biotech/healthcare sectors such as construction, utilities, transportation, and goods production.

As a Widow, I Miss Touch More Than Sex

Joan Sutton | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

Couples who live together in intimacy take for granted the many times in a day when they touch each other, from bumping into one another in the bathroom, to fingertips brushing over a coffee cup or one cold foot seeking out the warmer one under the blanket.

Missing Man Spotted In Vancouver

CBC | Posted 12.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The son of Shin Ik Noh says a number of possible sightings of his missing father have been recently been reported in Vancouver and on Saturday, a sear...

See The Person, Not The Alzheimer's

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - When Elizabeth Allen was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's disease, her first reaction was outrage that she had developed the progressi...

What Sandy Was Like for the Elderly

Joan Sutton | Posted 01.08.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png Then Hurricane Sandy came, extinguishing all those lights as well as our own. For 48 hours we had no power, no phone, no water, and for 24 of those, I was marooned in an island of silence, alone with an elderly husband with Alzheimer's, and no elevator.

Alzheimer's: Caregivers Must Also Care for Themselves

Joan Sutton | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png Yes, when I write about how a caregiver should take care of him or herself, I am talking to myself as well as to others. I know how hard it is. For two years, I did not leave my husband. Like so many others, I postponed my own doctor's appointments telling myself I didn't have the time, and turning down invitations from friends. But firm words from two doctor friends helped me decide to take the occasional afternoon for myself.

Four Foods That Help Prevent Alzheimer's

Lily Sarafan | Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada Living
Lily Sarafan

In observance of World Alzheimer's Month, we have put together a list of foods with protective benefits against Alzheimer's disease. It's important to take note which of these foods you are consuming on a daily basis and which you may opt to include in your daily diet.

WATCH: What Does It Feel Like To Have Alzheimer's?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.21.2012 | Canada Impact

Many of us have heard of and even experienced the frightening effects that those living with Alzheimer's have to contend with every day, losing their ...

I'm a Wife, and Now a Caregiver

Joan Sutton | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

2012-09-11-Alzheimersbanner2.png I don't think of myself as a caregiver -- I am a wife, honoring the vows I took so many years ago. I have had the better, and the richer -- ( speaking of experiences and not money). Now I am living through their opposites: the sickness, and the poorer -- (in this case both experiences and money: Alzheimer's is expensive).

More Women Get Alzheimer's, so Why Don't we Study Their Brains?

Lynn Posluns | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada Living
Lynn Posluns

It's frightening to learn that almost 70 per cent of new Alzheimer's sufferers will be women, but research today still focuses on men. Even today, at the grass roots level of research, it is the male rat that's studied because the hormones in the female rat make it too complex.That really got me thinking: if this is something Canadian women think about then obviously so do women all over the world. So the Women's Brain Health Initiative was born.

Speaking Another Language Could Delay Alzheimer's

CBC | Posted 10.14.2011 | Canada Living

Bilingualism may delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, a brain scanning study suggests. The study by Canadian researchers in the journal Cortex o...

Medical Researchers Get $2.9-Million Boost

CP | Posted 09.12.2011 | Canada Business

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- VANCOUVER - Dozens of Canadian researchers at nine different universities will share $2.9 million in funding for the study of pr...