Seniors’ Care

Five signs your aging loved one might need help at home

My dad, Bernie, was a collector. Bernie passionately lectured me on the many uses of paper grocery bags as he carefully grouped them into stacks of 10, tied them with twine and filed them in the furnace room. He collected pens as if one day there might be a global ink shortage. The pens were grouped meticulously and filed in a special drawer.
 

Almost half of elderly patients miscalculate life expectancy

Almost half of elderly people don’t have an accurate sense of how much longer they’re likely to live, a problem that may lead some of them to make poorly informed medical decisions, a U.S. study suggests.

Geriatricians call for controversial change to health care for seniors

With the federal election campaign moving into fever pitch this week — we're focusing on an issue Canadian voters consistently rank as a top priority … but one you may not be hearing a lot about on the campaign trail.

B.C.'s long-term care homes seek bigger role with seniors

Long-term care homes in B.C. want to expand their role in medical treatment for the elderly, but will need one per cent of funding currently given to health 

Caregivers experience high stress levels

Living in smaller communities such as Powell River often means extra worries for unpaid caregivers looking after elderly spouses or parents, according to a senior’s advocate.

Super senior study looking for volunteers (Dr. Denise Daley, St. Paul's Hospital)

Vancouver’s favourite big band leader suspects there are several reasons for his longevity. 

Opinion: There is hope for a better future in caring for the elderly (Tapestry Foundation for Health Care)

We’ve all heard troubling statistics about aging, statistics like these from the Alzheimer Society of Canada: Between two and 10 per cent of cases of dementia begin before the age of 65, and the risk of developing dementia doubles every five years after 65.

Researchers study ‘super seniors’ for clues to their longevity

Rare healthy old people like musician Dal Richards, 97, may lack disease susceptibility factors, researchers say

2014 Poppy Campiagn was a big success (Brock Fahrni)

Editor: On behalf of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 21 Langley, I would like to thank everyone who made this year’s Poppy Campaign such a wonderful success.

Guest editorial: Too many drugs can cause harm (Dr. Rita McCracken)

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, especially when it comes to prescription drugs. Advances in pharmacology have brought huge benefits in treating and preventing disease and in extending life, but when used improperly or to excess, medications can result in more harm than good.

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