Canada Dementia

Stop Drugging Seniors to Save Money

Nicole F. Bernier | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole F. Bernier

Residents rely heavily on the nursing home to ensure their protection and well-being. So it is paradoxical -- some would say tragic -- that nursing home residents are too often put on drugs they don't need, which can be dangerous, and may even kill them.

The Mother's Day Gift of Good Brain Health

Lynn Posluns | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lynn Posluns

With Mother's Day coming up, now seems like a fitting time to point out the incredible need for research into women's brain health. Why? Because every Mother's Day we celebrate and honour the women in our lives. But research still focuses on male brains.

Health Foods In Midlife Can Prevent Dementia, Study Says

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living

Eating right in midlife may prevent dementia later on, according to a new doctoral thesis published by the University of Eastern Finland. Results indi...

Dementia Patient Hit By Train

CBC | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

An elderly man with dementia was hit and seriously injured by a train after wandering away from his care facility in Metro Vancouver Saturday night....

Last Minute New Year's Resolutions To Help Avoid Alzheimer's

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

What I've learned through my research or from my colleagues about the prevention and management of dementia is this: Even if we face a family history of Alzheimer's disease and are therefore more vulnerable to dementia, we can prevent the onset of its symptoms, like memory loss and confusion, or its progression.

Don't Blame Autism or Dementia on God's Wrath

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada
Linda Mastroianni

My autistic son wasn't born because God was pissed off at America. My son was born because he was meant to be born, just as he is. My son was born so that I could learn how to be a better human being. He was born so he could teach me how to communicate without words. He was born so that I could learn how to listen with my heart and see things through touch.

Could Childhood Music Lessons Prevent Dementia In Old Age?

CBC | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Music

Childhood music lessons could pay off in protecting the brain against dementia decades later, even in those who don't continue to play, researche...

Try This Exercise Program For Your Brain

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

What does an exercise program for your brain look like? Research supports partaking in brain games (available as apps on your smart phone), word challenges such as crossword puzzles or Sudoku, card games like bridge and learning new skills (like a new language). Challenge your brain every day.

91-year-old Dead After Nursing Home Fight

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

Halifax Regional Police are trying to figure out what happened between two seniors at a home for people with dementia that resulted in the death of a ...

Fit To Stand Trial With Dementia?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VERNON, B.C. - A 95-year-old Vernon, B.C., man will have further assessments before a decision is made on whether he should stand trial for second-deg...

Most New Alzheimer's Sufferers Will be Women - But Why?

Vivien Brown | Posted 11.14.2013 | Canada Living
Vivien Brown

Almost 70 per cent of new Alzheimer's sufferers will be women. What makes that fact even more alarming, according to the Women's Brain Health Initiative, is that there is little understanding of why.

The Best Way to Prevent Dementia

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Three independent studies from Europe confirmed what experts suspected all along but had not been able to say with certainty, namely that both physica...

Delaying Retirement May Help Prevent Dementia

CP | Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada Living

BRAIN EXERCISE: New research boosts the "use it or lose it" theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less ...

Ask Elizabeth: Coping with Dementia and Personality Changes

Natalie Strouth | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Kay asks: My husband has dementia and the symptoms are getting so bad that I feel like a prisoner in my own home. I am embarrassed to take him to our daughter's house for fear of what he might do or say. I don't want our kids or grandkids to see him act this way. I am not prepared for these changes and I don't know if I can manage for much longer.

Ask Elizabeth: Can People Live Safely at Home with Alzheimer's?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Rebecca asks: My grandmother is getting older and was recently diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's Disease. She is still very healthy and independently living on her own. We have talked about her desire to remain at home and independent for as long as she can. How can we keep her safe in her home?

Helping Dementia Patients Who Wander

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - For families caring for a loved one with dementia, it can be one of the most frightening experiences of contending with the disease: discove...

Is THIS The Key To Fighting Dementia?

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - More than one in seven cases of Alzheimer's disease could be prevented if all Canadians who are currently inactive were to start getting reg...

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...

The Disease That Took My Father's Speech Away

Meghan Pearson | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Pearson

I had never even heard of "FTD" (frontotemperal dementia). Immediately, I hopped online and began researching. Within minutes I discovered the truth -- Dad was going to die. Shortly after that, he began misplacing his words, not knowing how to verbally express what he knew he wanted to say. Soon it got to the point that he could only answer yes or no questions...and then by December 2010, he lost his words entirely.

What the Cha-Cha Can do for Your Health

Lily Sarafan | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada Living
Lily Sarafan

In addition to its physical benefits, dancing also promotes psychological and mental well-being. The benefits of dancing are most evident in studies investigating its impact on various conditions including Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's and dementia, all prominent diseases in the senior population.

Eight Steps to a Healthy Brain

Joan Sutton | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

Dr. Howard Fillit, has written a booklet about keeping a healthy mind while aging. Although there is no guarantee that following the guidelines in this booklet will prevent Alzheimer's, they are not castor oil. Far from tasting bad, they will improve your life as you are living it. If they also turn out to prevent AD, that's a bonus.

New Scary Link Found Between Dementia And Sleeping Pills

CBC | Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada Living

People over the age of 65 who take certain sleeping pills or anti-anxiety medications may face a higher risk of developing dementia within 15 years co...

Berman on the Brain: This is Your Brain on Art

Marc Berman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Living
Marc Berman

The potential economic benefit of trained mathematicians and scientists may be obvious to policy makers, and as scientists we can appreciate this. It can be difficult to envision how a third grader's piano lessons will lead to future economic gains; however, the hidden benefits of language and music training on cognitive health and brain function should not be overlooked. It's time to put what's "extra" back into the curriculum and embrace arts programming in schools as an essential part of building and maintaining cognitive health both in the present and into the future.

Suck it Up And Visit Your Aging Relatives

Donald D'Haene | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

I can't tell you how many times I have heard people say of their loved ones or acquaintances in nursing homes, "I want to remember her the way she was." I understand the sentiment but it's a cop out.

Onslaught Of Dementia Lies Ahead, Health Officials Warned

CBC | Posted 08.26.2012 | Canada Living

The number of cases of dementia is increasing dramatically, and governments around the world are unprepared for it, a health conference in Charlotteto...