Senior Care

It's Time To Take Real Action Towards Senior Care

Daniel Fontaine | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Daniel Fontaine

The story of Anita and Wolfram Gottschalk being separated after 62 years of marriage has triggered a public response that few could have imagined just days ago. Predictably, other stories are coming out in follow up media reports. It seems everyone has some experience to share with finding care for elderly couples -- often with varying needs. At BC Care Providers Association, we might have predicted that a story like this would eventually catch the public's attention. For the past 2 years we have been engaging with government, our health authorities, medical professionals, and member stakeholders on developing creative solutions to meet the growing need.

Exercises That Will Keep You Feeling Your Best At 60+

The Huffington Post Canada | Caroline Topperman | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Living

Keep your heart and bones healthy and strong!

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.

We Can't Rely on Our Government to Solve Our Healthcare Crisis

Wynne Ma | Posted 10.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Wynne Ma

As the federal election approaches, I've been stunned by how little party leaders have discussed one critical issue -- healthcare. While the common assumption is that our healthcare is free in Canada, this is a huge misconception.

Government Failing To Improve Senior Care Despite Tragic Cases: NDP

CP | Clare Clancy, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Politics

REGINA - Saskatchewan's Opposition leader is calling for an independent agency to review what he calls preventable deaths at seniors care homes.New De...

Should We Be Tracking Seniors?

CBC | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. lawyer and privacy advocate is raising questions about the ways CCTV cameras and other technologies are being used to keep track of seniors. ...

B.C. Senior Care Ignored?

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's Health Ministry has ignored most of the recommendations in a report on seniors' care in the province, says a think tank...

Ask Elizabeth: Should the Elderly Fear Falling?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Todd asks: My parents are getting older and recently, mom has become afraid of falling. She often talks about friends who have taken a spill, and whenever they come over she tells me we should have a railing for our front steps. She's even avoiding rooms where our kids' toys are on the floor. Neither one of them have had a fall -- how worried should we be about this?

Ask Elizabeth: Why You Should Step Up Foot Care with Diabetes

Natalie Strouth | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Over three million Canadians have diabetes and this number is expected to reach 3.7 million by 2020. Caregivers of people with diabetes, especially seniors, need to learn all they can about stepping up foot care -- from maintenance, to shoe selection.

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.

How Caregiving Improves Your Health

Lily Sarafan | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Living
Lily Sarafan

It is a well-known fact that taking on the role of the primary caregiver for a loved one is often so stressful and draining that it can take a toll on your well-being increasing your risk for chronic stress and depression. But studies have found that caregivers do reap real physical and cognitive rewards.

Long-Term Care Fees Spike

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Alberta government is raising accommodation charges for residents of long-term care facilities by five per cent beginning Jan. 1.Health...

McGuinty Promises Tax Credits For Helping Seniors Live At Home

CP | Pat Hewitt, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.04.2011 | Canada

TORONTO - With a trip down the campaign trail just days away, Premier Dalton McGuinty promised Sunday that a Liberal government would establish a new ...