Canada Dementia

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

Lynn Posluns | Posted 04.23.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

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 04.09.2015 | 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...

DEMENTIA CONFIRMED

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.

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.