More medical tests, treatments not always the best

You can have too much of a good thing when it comes to medicine for older adults

More medical tests, treatments not always the bestPrevailing wisdom states that more is better – and it’s no different when it comes to our expectation of medical treatments. With the help of the Internet, patients and their families have come to expect intensive tests, treatments and therapies at every life stage. But sometimes, too much treatment can do more harm than good.…

Care home celebrates 20 years of operation

The event included an evening of live music, and an open house with family members, friends and other visitors

Care home celebrates 20 years of operation  Kenneth Brown of The Crossroads Eatonia Oasis Living is 20 years old and the organization, along with its staff and residents, have celebrated two decades of operation for the care home. The care home and its people held a celebration over two days last weekend. The organization held a celebration on Oct. 26 at…

New health-care facility in Leader holds grand opening

The new facility brings together acute care, emergency medical services, community health services and primary health care into one location

New health-care facility in Leader holds grand opening  by T. Martin-Schmunk of The Crossroads It was a day to celebrate on Oct. 26, 2018, as people gathered from near and far to commemorate the grand opening of the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility. The event also noted the renovations made at the Western Senior Citizens Home. Among the distinguished guests were…

We can help seniors struggling with depression

Aging carries with it increased risk of depression, often as the result of other conditions and even as a side-effect of medication

We can help seniors struggling with depressionDepression among senior citizens rarely gets get much public attention but it is a significant problem – and it can be addressed. In a culture that prizes youth and activity above most other things, the whole idea of aging is often considered depressing. So it is not uncommon for us to feel that loneliness, sadness and even…

Do intentional communities make retirement sense?

Picturing a idyllic rural setting with exercise, freedom, stimulation – and support as needed. All crafted to cater to seniors

Do intentional communities make retirement sense?My Mom is still teaching me life lessons in her 90s. Chief of these recently has been the creation of an intentional community in which to retire. After a year spent essentially nursing my father through his final days in a fashionable, for-profit Vancouver rest home, he died and she decided to move into an…

Prolonged journeys in space help inform research into frailty

Astronauts and seniors with frailty have much in common and innovative research may help solve problems for both

Prolonged journeys in space help inform research into frailtyFor decades, researchers have studied the effects of reduced physical activity on astronauts during prolonged journeys to space. But what's surprising is one of the uses of that research. It turns out that understanding the effects of space travel on the body may be important to understanding what happens to us on Earth as we…

Public tours of health facility in Leader offered this week

Renovations and expansion include acute care, community health services, primary health care and ambulance service

Public tours of health facility in Leader offered this weekSubmitted by Doug Dahl, Media Relations, Saskatchewan Health Authority The new and improved Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility will deliver health services in one location, improving patient access and quality care to residents. Public tours of the new facility will be available on September 19 and 20. No advance sign-up is required. The tours…

We must do more for seniors coming home from hospital

It's clear the status quo isn’t meeting the needs of our aging population. So what can be done?

We must do more for seniors coming home from hospitalBy Ruta Valaitis and Maureen Markle-Reid EvidenceNetwork.ca Despite having diabetes and arthritis, Verne was a thriving independent 72-year-old who lived at home with his wife when he had a stroke. He had excellent emergency care in the hospital and began his recovery there. But he didn’t adjust well after arriving home. He started to show…

Be wise consumers when consuming news reports

People can be misled if they don’t get the entire story

Be wise consumers when consuming news reportsIt was the beginning of the school year and the teacher asked her third-graders to share a little about themselves. Kids stood up and shared their favourite colour or what they wanted to be when they grew up, but one little boy had a purpose in mind when he spoke. He shared a few of…

Who’s caring for the nursing home carers?

Nursing home care aides are burning out but measures can be taken to improve their work conditions. And that will result in better care for their patients

Who’s caring for the nursing home carers?By Carole A. Estabrooks and Stephanie A. Chamberlain Contributors Many of us have moms and dads or older friends and relatives in nursing home facilities. We care very much about their well-being and the supports they receive. But who’s caring for the care aides who do the bulk of the front-line work in nursing homes?…
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