Enhancing the lives of seniors – The Ottawa Experience

By Michaela Berniquez What images come to mind when thinking about community? Strolling around, admiring the neighbors’ gardens, seeing children play, walking to work or...

From server to recreation: A chalking tale

By Amanda Paterson   When Charity Votary began working as a dining room server at Royale Place Retirement Residence in Kingston, she didn’t expect that her...

Diabetes in long-term care

By Dale Mayerson and Karen Thompson The number of people with diabetes has doubled in the past decade and continues to rise.   The majority of...

Take your best shot: You’re never too old to be vaccinated

By Ellen Kirk-Macri, RN, CDE and Susan C. Jenkins   Many Canadians think that vaccines are just for children. Too many don’t realize that the protection...

A ‘perfect storm’: Staffing crisis in seniors care

By Lara Croll Ensuring there are a sufficient number of health care workers to care for our aging population is one of the most pressing...

Wearable therapy

A Toronto research team has created clothing with a special something inside that delivers therapy in a whole new way. The novel shirt and pants...

Reflecting on medical aid in dying for vulnerable persons

By Al Etmanski An obsession with ‘present mindedness’ wipes out concerns about past or future. ~ Harold Innis I count myself as lucky to have been...

An innovative Canadian program helps reduce social isolation in residential care

By Michelle Fleming THE ISSUE Social isolation is on the rise in our growing aging population, particularly among those living in residential care. Better strategies are...

Dorothy’s yellow brick road to recovery

By Drew Tapley   Dorothy Weppler moved into Barnswallow Place in Elmira, Ontario, with a gastrointestinal feeding tube in her abdomen. It had been in place...

Problem-solving therapy for seniors with depression

By Marek Kubow A new non-pharmaceutical therapy program will help seniors suffering from depression manage life’s daily problems in the community. Funded by The Bell Let’s Talk...

Food safety is everyone’s responsibility

By Dale Mayerson and Karen Thompson If you are under the impression that food borne diseases are not common – think again.  Today, food safety...

Digital health could improve care for Canadian seniors

By Shelagh Maloney In February 2018, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released a report that shows the care Canadian seniors receive falls short...

Lawson researchers develop delirium screening method

By Robert DeLaet In a new study, researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson) have developed a simple screening method for improving the detection of...

Supporting literacy for seniors

Digital library in residents’ good books By Drew Tapley At Altamont Care Community in Toronto, the majority of residents are bilingual with English as their second...

Smart beds: Monitoring health during sleep

By Linda Huestis Imagine a bed that monitors an older adult’s health while they sleep and alerts a health-care provider if there are potential problems. That’s...

Nominate your Nursing Hero Today: Time is running out!

Have you been inspired, encouraged or empowered by an employee or a colleague? Have you or your loved one been touched by the care and...

Why music not a universal language – and what that means for care

By Sarah Pearson   “Music is a universal language” is a common expression I hear all the time. It’s often used to sing the praises (pun...

Rubbing the right way: Geriatric massage

By Susan C. Jenkins     What comes to mind when you hear the word “massage”? A relaxing day at the spa? A sleazy storefront in a...

Workshop inspires students to brainstorm senior-sector innovations

By Ilan Mester Often times, the best ideas surface when people with different perspectives join forces. Recently, the Baycrest-led Centre for Aging + Brain Health...

Six minutes just doesn’t cut it!

By Andy Savela In Ontario, personal support workers (PSWs) have only six minutes to prepare long term care residents for breakfast, including getting washed, dressed...