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Friday, November 21, 2014

Feeding tubes for people with Alzheimer’s disease: When you need them—and when you don’t

New in the Choosing Wisely Canada series, Feeding tubes for people with Alzheimer's disease examines the difficult issue families face when patients in the last stage of Alzheimer’s disease have difficulty eating and drinking.

Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures, and to help physicians and patients make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.

For more information on Choosing Wisely Canada or to see other patient materials, visit

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Show me the evidence: Dementia Research

Show me the evidence from the Canadian Institute of Health Research focuses on telling stories about how and where health research evidence produced by CIHR-supported researchers is being used.

This issue focuses on dementia. The increase in the number of elderly Canadians with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, is driving the need for an understanding of the processes behind dementia that will lead to improved treatments. The research stories told in this issue include:
  • Drs. Black and Hachinski’s research is a new approach to dementia treatment: early prevention based on addressing risk factors for vascular health, such as hypertension, diabetes and smoking. Their research was instrumental to the development of the first dementia screening protocol that combines stroke, dementia and overall vascular health.
  • In a recent CIHR-funded study, Keefe and colleagues identified best-practice guidelines for the timing of caregiver assessment for those caring for elderly spouses with dementia.
  • Between 1996 and 2005, using a combination of clinical experience, research infrastructure and insights from neuropsychology, researchers developed the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a tool to screen for MCI in 10 minutes.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Senior Friendly Hospital Indicators Evaluation

In 2010, the Ontario Senior Friendly Hospital (SFH) Strategy was launched. Its ongoing vision is to improve the quality of hospital care for frail older adults to maintain optimal health and function while in hospital, supporting a safe and durable transition to community living.

A component of the Strategy was to develop senior friendly hospital indicators. A working group brought together 34 matter experts (clinicians, educators, researchers, data support personnel, and administrative leaders) from across the province to select indicators to monitor hospital acquired delirium and functional decline. For each of delirium and functional decline, two indicators were identified - 1 process and 1 outcome indicator. This document describes the implementation and evaluation of the identified indicators.

Friday, November 07, 2014


Go4Life®, the exercise and physical activity campaign from National Institute on Aging, has been updated and redesigned. Features on the site include:
  • sample exercises
  • motivational tips
  • success stories
  • free materials to help older adults be more physically active
  • interactive tool to track personal exercise routines
  • virtual online coaches to provide encouragement
  • free online and print materials in English and Spanish.
The Go4Life campaign provides evidence-based resources created with partners in the public and private sectors, about the proven effectiveness of exercise and physical activity for optimal aging. Go4Life resources are designed to help older adults prepare, begin and continue exercising.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

An Opportunity Knocks? Turning Visitors into Volunteers

The report, An Opportunity Knocks? Turning Visitors into Volunteers from NAPA Living Life and AgeUK details the successful ‘Come to Tea’ program initiated by 21 care homes throughout the UK. The program asked volunteers, long-term care staff and facility managers to participate over the course of two days to develop this program. The first day was a collaborative workshop which helped to organize the small scale tea parties or similar gatherings that engaged hard-to-reach residents and the second day was the actual event. The project aimed to increase residents physical activity, improve their nutrition and hydration  and increase mental well-being. 
This report further details some of the successful outcomes from this project, including increasing the number of volunteers to the care homes. For more information on this initiative and to download a copy of the report, please visit

Monday, November 03, 2014

How Spiritual Care Practitioners Provide Care In Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Settings: Recommended Advanced Practice Guidelines and Commentary

Developed by the Spiritual Advisor's Interest Group of the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHPCA), How Spiritual Care Practitioners Provide Care In Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Settings: Recommended Advanced Practice Guidelines and Commentary is a set of recommended practice guidelines based upon the best available national and international documents specific to spiritual care.  This document present practical guidelines on professional growth and conduct, pastoral skills and organizational leadership.  It also includes information on important documents related to spiritual care and discussion on enhancing spiritual care.

To access the practice guidelines, please visit

Monday, October 27, 2014

Out and Visible: The Experiences and Attitudes of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults

This study explores the aging realities of LGBT people and explores their fears, beliefs, behaviors and aspirations in areas such as healthcare, finance and retirement, support systems, housing and sources of information.

Accompanying information includes:
  • Full report and executive summary
  • Infograph and poster with key findings
  • Media Announcement
  • Huffington Post Column about the report