Theatrical Presentation on Elder Abuse: Arm Yourself with Knowledge

I attended a play on Elder Abuse this past weekend titled: “Grandpa Is Not a Cash Cow & Grandma Won’t Take Any Bull” organized by Seniors Action Quebec. It was excellent! The cast, except for 3, were all seniors. Le Theatre La Belle Gang presented. The play was written by Francois Jobin and directed by…

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What to Do about Mama?- Book Review

Book Review- What to Do about Mama? By Barbara G. Mathews and Barbara Trainin Blank What I like about this book is the different perspectives on caregiving as there are many contributors. This provides any individual or professional reading the book with different scenarios, which include common situations and feelings. The authors also describe their…

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Interview with Patrick Roden, RN, PhD, Certified Aging in Place Specialist

Aging and seniors/older adults are ‘hot topics’ right now due to the aging of our population. Is society prepared?  No. Many more services and innovations are needed to assist older adults while they age. For those that choose to remain at home for as long as possible, services must be bought to the home environment….

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Older Adults and Needed Changes

As a case manager who works with older adults, I see first hand the struggles that some seniors face. Today, a question was posed to a group of seniors as to what they think needs to change or needs to improve to make their lives easier. 1- Special buses for older adults to go to…

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Aging: Yay or Nay?

I came across an article in the Montreal Gazette in the Opinion Section titled: “Growing old is no fun” on August 2nd with individual responses to the article on August 5th in the Editorial Section under Your Views. The gist of the article is aging and getting older has not happened as expected. Many thought…

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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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