Canada Dementia

To My Dearest Baba, On Your 71st Birthday

Sana Ahmed | Posted 10.13.2015 | 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 10.13.2015 | 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 08.25.2015 | 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 08.25.2015 | 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...

How I Became an Alzheimer's Advocate

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Living

But from the moment my mother and grandmother shared with me my grandfather's diagnosis, everything changed. Though my role as national director of sales and marketing memory care for one of the country's largest providers of assisted living was still the same, my motivation was completely different.

How to Recognize the Signs of Elder Abuse

AlzLIVE | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Living

It is not always easy to recognize elder abuse, particularly if you are the victim. Yet elder abuse is, unfortunately, prevalent in our society. The good news is that there is increased awareness with respect to the existence of elder abuse and its many forms, and numerous resources available to help.

You Can Reconnect With Your Loved One Living With Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living

As Alzheimer's disease progresses and the person becomes more and more disconnected from the world around them, caregivers so often, and so unintentionally, lose their way. That's okay, in part because there's no manual for this, no right or wrong. But there are ways that caregivers, like Ed's, can reconnect with their loved one.

How Dementia Patients Benefit From Gardening

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living

Even if your loved one has never been an avid gardener, introducing them to blooms now could be a good idea: this green hobby has been shown to benefit dementia and Alzheimer's patients. Long-term care facilities sometimes refer to it as horticultural therapy -- the connection that dementia patients develop to past and future through tending plants, indoors or out.

Women's Brain Health Needs to Be a Priority, Too

Lynn Posluns | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Lynn Posluns

When I first launched the Women's Brain Health Initiative a few years ago, my primary goal was to create awareness about women's brain aging disorders. It was shocking to me that women suffer from depression, stroke and dementia twice as much as men as they age, but brain health research was male-focused.

Advice for Dementia and Alzheimer's Care

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living

People living with Alzheimer's and dementia can exhibit a broad range of responsive behaviours, such as wandering, verbal repetition, sexual behavior or angry outbursts. For caregivers, dealing with responsive behaviours can be a frustrating and exhausting task. But there are answers.

Patients Sold Unproven 'Brainwave Optimization'

CBC | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Living

Clinics across Canada are advertising an unproven alternative health treatment to help with the symptoms of dementia, a CBC Marketplace investigation ...

Fishermen Find Okanagan Woman Frozen To Death On Roadside

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia

RCMP believe the 73-year-old died fter her truck got stuck on an unplowed road and she got out and started walking.

The Parental Check Up

Joan Sutton | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

Just in front of every baby boomer, there is a parent. Or parents. Like me, on the brink of old age, with all that aging brings. Let us suppose that ...

Why We May See More Homeless Seniors in Calgary's Future

Lee Tunstall | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Alberta
Lee Tunstall

Twenty per cent of older adults live with a mental health issue. In Calgary alone, that equates to over 21,000 older adults, with between 1,000 and 2,000 living with severe and persistent psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia and delusional disorder. These figures do not take into account individuals between 45 and 65 who have lived a higher-risk lifestyle and been intermittently homeless. Such individuals age more quickly than the general population, and often present as "functionally geriatric" well before the age of 65.

Cynicism, Paranoia and Stress Can Dramatically Impact Your Health

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Living
Romeo Vitelli

When the researchers looked at how Type A behaviour was linked to cardiovascular disease however, the results were very different. Stress, neuroticism, cynicism, and paranoia were all significant predictors of cardiovascular disease although being ambitious and hard-driven were not.

Can Music Help Dementia Patients?

CP | Carrie Antlfinger, The Associated Press | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Music

UNION GROVE, Wis. - Mike Knutson taught himself to play the harmonica as a child, and the 96-year-old sang with his family for most of his life. Even ...

B.C. Senior Dies After Assault By Fellow Dementia Patient

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

SALMON ARM, B.C. - Mounties and the coroners' service are investigating after a 93-year-old man with dementia died following an attack by another pati...

Feds Acknowledge 'Impending Loom' Of Dementia-Care Crisis

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Living

BANFF, Alta. - Citing the "impending boom" of a dementia health-care crisis, Health Minister Rona Ambrose and her provincial and territorial counterpa...


CBC | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Music

AC/DC rhythm guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is suffering from dementia, according to reports. The band confirmed to People that Young h...

Can't Sleep? Blame Your Neurons

University of Toronto News | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Reported online August 20 in the journal Brain, the new findings demonstrate for the first time that a group of inhibitory neurons, whose loss leads to sleep disruption in experimental animals, is substantially diminished among the elderly and individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

'I Will Take My Life Today': B.C. Woman Rekindles Right-To-Die Debate

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. grandmother left an eloquent public plea before killing herself and re-igniting the debate about assisted suicide in Canada. Gillian Bennett...

How Fast You Walk Might Predict Whether You'll Get Dementia

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

A new study published in the journal Neurology suggests that a simple test measuring how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints can predict later problems with dementia. The developed assesment will potentially allow for many more people to know whether they are at risk without complex testing.

Stop Drugging Seniors to Save Money

Nicole F. Bernier | Posted 08.19.2014 | 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.