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Her heart was failing; her ejection fraction was unmeasurable. Her hip was broken, and she developed a pulmonary embolism post-operatively. She was painfully close to death. Yet at some point, the hospital finished, and spit her out at the nursing home. She was confused. I tried to take the best history that I could. Her…

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Seniors cared for in hospitals as no where else to go….

Seniors/older adults go to the hospital due to illness, disease, crisis and then what? “national statistics show there were 4, 200 so-called Bed Blockers across the country, half of them waiting to get into Long Term Care.” There needs to be an affordable solution. Home with care or LTC placement? More of both need to be…

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Creative Solution to the Senior Population in Milan, Italy

Milan, Italy is implementing an ‘adopt’ a senior idea to provide additional support to the over 65 demographic. – “Italy has the highest percentage of elderly people in Europe and by 2050 it is estimated that one person in two will be aged over 60 and one in six over 80.” Read this article and…

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The Council on Healthy Aging in Canada to be Created

Canada is facing demographic challenges driven largely by the transition of baby-boomers into their retirement years and the steady lengthening of life expectancy. By the year 2015, baby-boomers will be 50-65 years old—by 2035 the youngest boomers will largely have retired.  By then, almost a quarter of the Canadian population will be seniors in need…

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Housing for Older Adults with Physical Limitations

by Victoria Brewster, MSW I came across this article on housing for seniors/older adults with high needs in London, Ontario. Everything about the housing unit is for an individual who is in a wheelchair and has physical disabilities. Wide doorways, low light switches, a shower built for a wheelchair to roll right in, doors that…

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The Power and Importance of Language

By Victoria Brewster, MSW Language-what does this one word mean to you? What does it say to you? How do you define it? As one who works with older adults (50+), language is important no matter what setting I am in. Language plays a crucial role in shaping the culture of aging and aging services….

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Advance Care Directive, Mandate, Power of Attorney or Health Proxy

by Victoria Brewster, MSW So, if you are like me-you have not written up an advance care directive/mandate for healthcare wishes should one become incapacitated, because…..well….we are young yet. But you know what, I should and everyone should. None of us know when an incident can occur and someone else and someone will be put…

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New Dementia Study at McGill University-Montreal, Canada

by Victoria Brewster, MSW The benefit to living in a city that has good universities is the research they conduct. Here in Montreal we have McGill, Concordia, University de Montreal and a few others, but McGill is the one that many know. A university researcher, Jens Pruessner is focusing on Dementia. He believes Dementia is…

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