Jun 22

Seniors not forgotten in Ontario budget, minister says

By Israel | Uncategorized

Finance Minister Charles Sousa says province wants seniors to ‘live with dignity’

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa defended the spring budget on Friday, saying the province is providing for seniors as well as youth, despite its announcement of free prescription drugs for people 24 and under.

Sousa told Metro Morning that the $465 million pharmacare plan announced Thursday, which would cover prescription medications to treat most acute and common chronic conditions for children and young adults, does not shortchange seniors in any way.

“We want our seniors to live with dignity and respect and comfortably, obviously,”

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Jun 18

Canada unprepared for housing needs of rising senior population

By Israel | Uncategorized

Statistics Canada census figures show greatest increase in the proportion of seniors

As the number of seniors continues to grow, experts say Canada is failing to prepare for the housing and home care needs of an aging population.

“We’re so far behind where we ought to be, given we know these trends are happening and we’ve known about these trends for the past 20 years,” said Mark Rosenberg, geography and planning professor at Queen’s University and the Canada Research Chair in development studies.

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Jun 06

Seniors in Ottawa look to co-housing to avoid isolation

By Vladimir Aizikov | Uncategorized

Co-housing communities offer seniors a new way to age

A group of seniors in the capital are a step closer to building their own co-housing community in the city.

The concept of co-housing was developed in Denmark in the 1960s.

It centres around the idea of creating “neighbourhoods that combine the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of shared resources and community living,” according to the Canadian Co-housing Network.

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Jun 04

New report shows another decline in RN-to-population ratio – Ontario RN Numbers Sinking Fast

By Vladimir Aizikov | Uncategorized

TORONTO, June 1, 2017 /CNW/ – The ratio of registered nurses per capita in Ontario is sinking fast, says the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), putting the quality of care of the province’s patients at further risk.

A full report released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) on registered nurses (RNs) in Canada showed that the province of Ontario continues to be in last place in the RN-to-population ratio.

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Jun 04

Building a Stronger, Healthier Ontario

By Israel | Uncategorized

Ontario is continuing to put patients first by making significant investments in the 2017 Budget to support vital health care services that families depend on.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, spoke in Toronto to The
Empire Club of Canada to highlight the province’s commitment to delivering high quality health
care services for patients and their families across Ontario.

QUICK FACTS
* As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is investing an additional $7 billion in health care
over the next three years.
* Ontario’s health care budget will total $53.8 billion in 2017–18 — a 3.8 per cent increase
from the previous year.
* 94 per cent of people in Ontario now have a primary health care provider.
* A Fraser Institute study showed that the median wait time — from family doctor to
specialist to treatment — was 15.6 weeks in Ontario in 2016, the lowest of any province.
* The province is set to balance the budget this year and maintain a balanced budget for
the next two years. A balanced budget means more funding for the programs and
services people rely on most.

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May 30

Proximity to high-traffic road raises dementia risk, study suggests

By Vladimir Aizikov | Uncategorized

Air pollution from vehicles may be a factor neurological disease, researchers find

TORONTO — People who live in close proximity to high-traffic roadways appear to have a higher risk of dementia than those who live farther away, say researchers, suggesting that air pollution from vehicles may be a factor in the development of the neurological disease.

In a study published in this week’s Lancet, researchers found that Ontario residents who lived within 50 metres of a highway or major road had a seven per cent increased likelihood of developing dementia compared to those who lived more than 300 metres away from such busy transportation routes.

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May 29

It takes a community to care for dementia caregivers

By Vladimir Aizikov | Uncategorized

The number of seniors with dementia in Ontario is expected to hit 300,000 by the end of 2017. A plan is needed to help the caregivers so they in turn can effectively provide care.

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month, which is a good time to take inventory of the state of Alzheimer’s care in our communities.

It is also a formal opportunity to focus on caring for the caregivers — the people who look after those with dementia and the advocates for those who cannot do so for themselves.

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May 28

Senior loneliness is a disease that can and should be treated

By Vladimir Aizikov | Uncategorized

More than 40 percent of seniors experience loneliness on a regular basis, according to a recent University of California, San Francisco study. This feeling of separation and disconnection with society, community and family impacts emotional and physical health, so much that we believe it should be addressed by physicians, nurses, and other clinicians as a treatable medical condition.

Research shows that a lack of social connection and the feeling of loneliness and isolation is as damaging to one’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

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May 28

Senior Arthritis: Symptoms & Care

By Vladimir Aizikov | Uncategorized

Most people commonly think of arthritis as the condition of having painful, stiff joints. In fact, there are many kinds of arthritis, each with different symptoms and treatments. Most types of arthritis are chronic with symptoms lasting years.

Arthritis can attack joints in almost any part of the body. Some forms of arthritis cause changes you can see and feel such as pain, swelling, warmth and redness in your joints. Other types cause less troublesome symptoms, but slowly damage your joints.

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May 28

Activities for Dementia Patients

By Vladimir Aizikov | Uncategorized

Activities for Alzheimer's Patients

Connecting with others is at the core of being human – and it’s something that doesn’t change when a person has dementia. We’re often asked what are good activities for dementia patients. It’s important to know that there are many ways you can continue to form connections and strengthen bonds with your loved one during this time.

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