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Monday, December 15, 2014

A Toolkit for Long-Term Care Employers: Increasing Influenza Vaccination among Healthcare Personnel in Long-term Care Settings

Published by the Centers for Disease Control (US), this comprehensive toolkit contains a number of resources intended to help long-term care facilities, organizations, and administrators provide access to influenza vaccination for their workforce and to help any employer of workers in long-term care understand the importance of influenza vaccination for their employees.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BP Blogger: Restraints

The BP Blogger is a myth busting newsletter that provides evidence-based information on various care issues to the long-term care sector.  It was created by Mary-Lou van der Horst, Seniors Health Project Consultant with the Schlegel Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in LTC, in collaboration with Regional Geriatric Program Central, Seniors Health Knowledge Network, and RIA.
This issue of BP Blogger focuses on the use of restraints:
For all issues of BP Blogger, go to:

Alive Inside now on Netflix

Please note that Alive Inside: the documentary about the Music and Memory program founded by Dan Cohen, is now available for Netflix subscribers. The following is from the Alive Inside website:

ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Care of the elderly program at the University of Alberta: Meeting the challenges of treating the aging population

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.