Canada Dementia

Constant Distraction May Cause Memory Loss

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

You don't have to be a senior to experience a "senior moment," meaning you forget an otherwise familiar word or name, or can't exactly remember what you planned to do the next minute. It happens throughout life, it just seems to happen more frequently with age. But it's not always due to mental decline in our later years that we lose track of things.

The Value Of Roles And Routines In Dementia Care

Gail Elliot | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Living
Gail Elliot

The main reason we want to put chores, roles or tasks back into the world of those living with dementia is that each person needs to enjoy a life filled with meaning and purpose, regardless of physical and mental health. My favourite expression, which speaks to this, is "The purpose of life, is a life with purpose."

Elderly B.C. Couple That Was Forced To Live Apart Reunited

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada British Columbia

They hadn't spent more than a few days apart in decades.

Will You Get Alzheimer's If Your Parent Has The Disease?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Let's start with some basic numbers. Excellent data from Canada indicates that eight per cent of people over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with dementia, and about two-thirds of those will have Alzheimer's disease. The risk of developing Alzheimer's disease doubles for every five years of life beyond age 65, making older age one of the most significant and predictable risk factors.

Can Activities Reduce Behavioural Symptoms Of Dementia?

Gail Elliot | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada
Gail Elliot

Shortly after my latest blog, entitled "I'm Engaged," I was delighted and honoured to receive an email from Dr. Laura Gitlin, Professor & Director of ...

When Should You Consider A Nursing Home For Your Spouse With Alzheimer's?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Placement in long-term care is one of the more difficult decisions facing caregivers of patients with dementia. Let me start by stating that my personal bias is to try and keep my patients at home as long as possible, assuming that their safety and health, as well as the caregiver's health, is compatible with this goal.

Why Do We React So Differently To A Diagnosis Of Dementia?

Gail Elliot | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Living
Gail Elliot

Have you ever wondered why some people will acknowledge that they have dementia, yet others will clearly deny there is anything wrong? Why do some people argue with the diagnosis? Why do some people know they have dementia but refuse to tell anyone? Why do some discuss openly? Let's explore.

Dementia And Driving: When It's Time To Hang Up The Keys

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

As a memory doctor, the most difficult thing I have to do is to tell the patient and their family about the diagnosis of dementia. The second most difficult thing I have to do is recommend driving cessation. There's no question that driving cessation has potentially dramatic effects on independence and quality of life for patients (and their spouses).

Here's Why Canada Needs A National Dementia Strategy

Dr. William E. Reichman | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. William E. Reichman

Here's the sobering truth: despite close to 40 years of substantial private and public investment, society has not come up with any meaningful medication to help those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Today, some 750,000 Canadians live with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Alternative Living Arrangements Put Seniors In Control

AlzLIVE | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Living

Torge, then in her 40s, was fed up with the way she saw facilities for seniors organized. To her they were dreary, patronizing, dull. While she wasn't nearly old enough to live in one herself, she wanted change before she got there. For her, the only solution was to get radical.

Modern Estate Planning Should Reflect A Changing Society

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

In recent years, an aging population and the rise of non-traditional marriages have become issues that are increasingly relevant to estate planning considerations in Canada. As society shifts over time, it is important that estate planning methods and strategies are capable of adaptation to suit changing needs.

Acknowledging The Silent Contributions Of Personal Support Workers

Gail Elliot | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Living
Gail Elliot

Personal Support Workers attend to the diverse needs of individuals who rely heavily on the help of others. They have a variety of roles including caring for a person's hygiene, making sure they are nourished, dressed, toileted, validated, comfortable and happy. Most importantly, PSWs may be the only human connection some individuals receive in a single day. Yet, while they are offering their valuable support, it can feel thankless when trying to bathe and clean an uncooperative incontinent person, soothe the irritable and feed the ungrateful who are not longer able to do things themselves.

Financial Habits To Honour For Your Loved One With Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Living

When it comes to the smaller financial activities, such as the purchase of a birthday gift, some may feel that if the one with dementia cannot remember the occasion then it is no longer necessary to give a gift. After all, what they don't know won't hurt them -- right?

Showing Compassion: Doll Therapy And Dementia

Gail Elliot | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Gail Elliot

The needs related to love; comfort and belonging are too often unmet in those living with dementia. A doll can provide comfort and an opportunity to nurture and love.

The Risky Concept Of Mental Illness Assisted Suicide

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

The Parliament's Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Death, nevertheless, urged the federal government not to exclude individuals with psychiatric conditions from being considered eligible. Their reasoning comes down to this: Mental suffering is no less profound than physical suffering, so denying individuals with mental illness access to physician hastened death would be discriminatory and a violation of their Charter rights. It's an excellent point, and one worth seriously discussing.

10 Common Myths About Dementia

Gail Elliot | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Living
Gail Elliot

It is important to correct the person with dementia when they say things that are not true - FALSE. The cardinal rule is "never argue with a person with dementia". A person with dementia is simply taking files from their memory bank that come from another place and time. They are sure they are telling the truth.

Canada Needs A National Plan To Address Dementia And Alzheimer's

Howard Feldman | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Howard Feldman

One of the biggest threats to quality of life and health in aging is the loss of cognitive abilities and functional autonomy that are associated with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. The projections of the number of Canadians living with dementia are staggering with over 750,000 individuals affected today.

Dementia Will Never Truly Take Away My Aunt Claire

Ngaio Hotte | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
Ngaio Hotte

As a little girl, Aunt Claire was always my favourite. The oldest of my mother's siblings she was, to me, the picture of elegance. With her manicured nails, flawless make-up and effortless-looking hair, she could have put the ladies behind Holt Renfrew's cosmetics counter to shame.

Why I Insist On Weekly Visits With My 97-Year-Old Grandmother

Her Magazine | Posted 12.12.2015 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

"Bubbie keeps asking you the same question because her brain has stopped being able to hold information that is recent, such as what you did today or what she might be thinking at a particular moment. She loves you very much and just being with her makes her feel very happy."

Why Your Next Job Is Likely To Be An Unpaid Caregiver

Wynne Ma | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Living
Wynne Ma

As our aging population increases, and most care homes are privately owned and outside of the budget of the average hardworking Canadian, the only other rational option is to move your Mom or Dad into your family home.

To My Dearest Baba, On Your 71st Birthday

Sana Ahmed | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Living
Sana Ahmed

One of the earliest memories from my childhood is when you'd come home, I'd help you take your shoes and socks off. Memory is a funny thing though; it's not always accurate, but more importantly, and particularly in your case, it's oftentimes fleeting, and unreliable. You may not remember this, or at times fail to even understand, you have an illness called dementia.

Canada Needs a National Dementia Strategy

Mimi Lowi-Young | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Mimi Lowi-Young

While each province and territory provides dementia treatment and support services, more can be done under the framework of a national dementia strategy. Other member countries of PAHO -- including Argentina, Mexico and the U.S. -- have implemented national strategies. To get there, we need to bring all the voices to the table, especially Canadians facing the daily challenges of this unforgiving disease. That's the only way to ensure we have consistent and integrated care across the country for all Canadians, from initial diagnosis to end of life.

This Set Of Dishes Is Designed For People With Dementia

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Impact

One woman's grandmother inspired her unique creation.

Finding Out if Mom's Memory Loss is More Than Forgetfulness

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Living

The big "A." The elephant in the room. The dreaded disease you've been forced to think about thanks to Dear Alice and Glen Campbell and so many others whose stories have raised awareness and brought Alzheimer's right into your living room -- and now, maybe right into your life.

Number Of People With Dementia Expected To Double Every 20 Years

CP | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Living

LONDON — Health researchers say there are now nearly 47 million people living with dementia globally, up from 35 million in 2009. They warned that w...