New technology for an age-old problem

By Anthony Remaud and Michaela Berniquez A team at Ottawa’s Saint-Louis Residence is working at improving falls detection systems in long-term care (LTC) homes. They’ve...

Seniors safety in continuing care and the need for a holistic approach

By Lara Croll The issue of seniors’ safety in continuing care has gained significant media attention across Canada over the past few years, in part...

Promising new avenue to explore treatments for Alzheimer’s disease

Declines in plasticity – the brain's ability to adapt – may underlie memory problems In an innovative study, researchers at the Centre for Addiction and...

A primer on stroke

Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability and death in Canada. Out of every 100 people who experience a stroke, 15 die,...

Bringing the power of play to dementia care

By llan Mester Who says playing is just for children? Adults can benefit from a dose of creativity and fun as well. That’s the philosophy...

Robots: The next frontier in seniors’ independence

By Annie Atkinson Within a few years, older Canadians could have their own affordable, mobile, intelligent robots specifically designed to help them stay healthy, independent...

Restless nights: Dementia and sleep

By Pamela Stoikopoulos Those with dementia sometimes find it difficult to sleep well at night for different reasons. This can be challenging for everyone involved...

Take your medicine: Can technology help?

By Tim Pauley It is estimated that half of us don’t take our medications properly. The consequences for individuals, and the health care system are...

The brain on music: A dementia perspective

By Chelsea Mackinnon “This song brings me so many emotions,” said Sally*, a long-term care resident who was listening to one of her all-time favourite...

Caregiver SOS: Depression after loss of spouse

The loss of a spouse, especially after many years of marriage, can be extremely painful and disrupt normal living. My dad passed away five months...

Assessing the diabetic foot

By Ellen Kirk-Macri and Susan C. Jenkins Up to 80 per cent of diabetes-related amputations are avoidable. Prevention starts with proper assessment and care of...

Food is medicine where malnutrition and frailty are concerned

Malnutrition a common problem for patients entering healthcare facilities in Canada – costing the system $2 billion annually By Heather Keller and Leah Gramlich “You are...

National senior strategy needed to improve access to healthcare for all Canadians

By Dr. Laurent Marcoux Healthcare in Canada has been a tremendous contributor to the success of our nation. From the people working in it and...

Home Care Support Services behind the scenes heroes

By Elaine O’Connor Everyone has a story about a home health care hero. Home health care professionals are so intimately involved in their clients’ daily lives...

An in-depth look at innovations in the senior sector

By Ilan Mester Picture this: a person living with the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) attends their grandchild’s seventh birthday party. They want...

Exploring the potential benefits and constraints of family councils in long-term care

By Rumana D’Souza Our understanding of how care should be delivered to seniors depends greatly on applied research. Through research, we know that family plays...

Navigating the health and social system a challenging part of caregiving

Governments need to start investing in care navigators to ensure equitable access to publicly funded services and supports By Amélie Quesnel-Vallée and Miles Taylor It’s...

Why music works in dementia care

By Bev Foster Music accompanies us on our journey and connects us to people, places and events in our lives. It is cross-coded into life...

Seniors in transition: The right care in the right place for the right patient

By Riley Denver Canada is in the middle of a demographic shift that will impact health system decisions for the foreseeable future. For the first time,...

Updated best practices guide to cut antipsychotics use in residential care

By Rumana D’Souza Over the last decade, the overuse of anti-psychotics in residential care has raised public concerns about the health and safety of residents...