Seniors’ Care

Many BC seniors prescribed multiple drugs despite risks: report

BC doctors are continuing to prescribe multiple medications to seniors even though research suggests doing so can be harmful, a newly released set of statistics show.

The Therapeutics Initiative, a group that provides independent assessments on the safety and effectiveness of pharmaceuticals in BC, came to the conclusion after reviewing data from PharmaNet.

Cindy E. Harnett reports

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St. Michael’s receives sizeable donation

Residents of a Burnaby care home can look forward to more outings, entertainment and special events thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers who recently donated $12,000 to the centre.   

Undiagnosed delirium may pose costs to seniors, health care system

Clinical experience reveals that family members can play a part in detection.

Enzyme discovery holds promise for treatment of chronic wounds

Researchers at Providence Health Care have discovered an important clue toward a potential treatment strategy for chronic wounds. “One of the main problems affecting hospitals are non-healing skin wounds in elderly patients, obese patients, cancer patients, diabetics and pressure ulcers in quadriplegics. These wounds take a really long time to heal,” said Dr. David Granville, one of the researchers on the project.

PHCRI research study gives hope to those with chronic non-healing wounds

Monday, August 19, 2013, VANCOUVER, BC — New research by the Providence Health Care Research Institute tackles a major problem plaguing long-term care facilities and hospitals. The study, published in the Nature Publication Group journal Cell Death and Differentiation, gives hope to those with chronic non-healing wounds, a problem affecting as many as 20-25 percent of patients in long-term care facilities.

Computerized walkway keeps seniors on their feet

Falls are the number one fatal injury for seniors and researchers at St. Pauls hospital are using a new high-tech device to help keep aging patients on their feet. Today’s News Hour on Global BC Health Headlines brought to you by Pharmasave.

Fall prevention clinics help BC seniors find independence in place of fear

Practising some simple exercises at home each day for the last six weeks has freed 82-year-old Florence Regehr from the confines of her home. “I know what they mean when elders talk about not wanting to go out, becoming fearful,” she explained this week at the Elder Care Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver. “They stay within their apartments. They lose independence.”

 

An inside look at palliative care

The CBC will be broadcasting a one hour documentary on palliative care produced by UBC and Providence.

April 16th is National Advance Care Planning Day - Let's Start the Conversation

An advance care plan is a summary of your beliefs, values and wishes that must be respected when future decisions are made for you

You never know what’s around the corner. You may be healthy one day, and the next an accident or illness could happen. If you are not able to communicate with others about the health care you would wish or refuse, someone else will be asked to decide for you.

Early bird registration: Tapestry Foundation hosts Geriatric Services Conference

Join us at the 2013 British Columbia Geriatric Services Conference for health care professionals, Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Join us at the 2013 British Columbia Geriatric Services Conference for health care professionals, Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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