Changes are Needed for Seniors Living Alone

Changes are Needed for Seniors Living Alone– OTTITI- habitation, hebergement services par Victoria Brewster 2 avril 2015 Recently, I attended the funeral of a senior who was living alone in the community and died alone in the community. If it wasn’t for an adult child and a friend expressing some concern because she did not…

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Eight Reflections on Seniors as Patients

Eight Reflections on Seniors as Patients List three older people that were in your life as a child. Of these, choose one of these persons to focus on for just a moment: Consider something important they shared with you at that time. How might that important message yet influence your care of elders now? What…

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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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“Caregiving with Strength” – Book Review

Caregiving is difficult and often the focus is on the individual, patient, client or family member that suffers from a progressive, chronic or degenerative disease or illness. What makes this book both different and needed is the focus on the caregiver, both family and professional. Great examples, solutions, and definitions are offered which are easily…

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Introduction to Palliative Care

Conferences, workshops, and lectures are all important to attend either as a professional or as a student. This past Thursday, I attended an Introduction to Palliative Care conference through a local government health clinic. As a professional who works with older adults, and is witnessing the aging of clients, it is important to know what…

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Dementia: A Feared Diagnosis and the Emotional Journey

I attended a lecture on Long Term Care Placement from the Perspective of a Caregiver a few days ago at a local private non-profit Alzheimer’s organization. Even though I am a professional, I wanted to further learn the process from the caregivers perspective. Although the placement process was focused here on the province of Quebec,…

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