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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Advice for older adults on staying cool in hot weather

With summer here and the temperatures rising, it is important to understand the health risks that excessive heat can bring and know the signs of heat-related illnesses. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, offers advice to help combat the dangers of hot weather.

To view the NIA’s information on hyperthermia in the elderly, click here:

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Palliative Care Matters: Fostering Change in Canadian Health Care

Palliative Care Matters (PCM) was launched in June 2016 to ensure all Canadians with life-limiting illness have timely access to high-quality, coordinated, and integrated palliative care. The main objectives of the initiative are to foster a conversation between the public, researchers, and health system leaders about what Canadians need and expect in relation to palliative and end-of-life care; and to develop a pan-Canadian consensus statement and recommendations on how Canada can move forward to improve access to quality palliative care.

Palliative Care Matters: Fostering Change in Canadian Health Care synthesizes the key themes and aspirations of the recommendations, and provides insights on the mechanisms and strategies that could be adopted to realize those aspirations. The report also identifies potential next steps.

You can access this document here:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Canada’s National Dementia Strategy

On June 22, Canada became the 30th country to launch a national dementia strategy. The passing of Bill C-233, An Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, means the Government of Canada will address the overwhelming scale, impact and cost of dementia.

The Act not only brings Canada in line with many other countries around the world who have made dementia a priority, but also commits our government to action with definitive timelines, targets, reporting structures and measurable outcomes.

To view the Act and/or learn more about it, click here:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Jointly – The Care Coordination App

Designed by Carers UK in consultation with actual caregivers, Jointly is a mobile and online app that brings together key features in a single tool, making caring easier, less stressful and more organized. Some of the features included are:
  • One central place to store and share important information about the person you are looking after
  • Simple, intuitive group communication to keep everyone informed and better connected
  • Shared calendar, task lists and medication manager to help coordinate responsibilities and organize what needs to be done
  • Works across different devices: smartphones, tablet, home computer/laptop
To learn more about Jointly and/or download the app, click here:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How Much Long-Term Care do Adult Children Provide?

As people age and their health starts to deteriorate, their need for help in daily life increases. Cost concerns and personal preferences lead many people to turn to informal care from family members, particularly children. While formal care has a clear monetary cost, the burdens of informal care are harder to pin down. This brief, by Gal Wettstein and Alice Zulkarnain of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, uses the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to estimate how many adult children provide care to their parents and the extent of their caregiving burden.

The brief’s first section presents data on the need for care among the elderly and on how much care is provided by adult children. The second section synthesizes recent research on the burden of care provision borne by adult children. The final section concludes that while only a moderate share of adult children provide care for their parents, those who do so contribute a lot of time and effort.

To view the brief, click here:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Primer on Nursing Supply and Demand

Given the increase in Canadian seniors who will need continuing care supports over the next 30 years, growth in demand for nursing will far outstrip general labour force growth and therefore require changes to the health system and nursing practices.

This briefing, prepared for the Conference Board of Canada, addresses this issue and offers recommendations to address it.

You can access the briefing here:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Engaging Patients in Patient Safety – a Canadian Guide

In the past decade, evidence has shown that when healthcare providers work closely with patients and their families in program and service design and delivery, the healthcare system becomes safer and patients have better experiences and health outcomes.

Beginning in 2016, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute brought together patients, government and organizations responsible for improving patient safety and quality at the national or provincial level on an Action Team to help develop the guide “Engaging Patients in Patient Safety”.

This extensive resource, based on evidence and leading practices, helps patients and families, patient partners, providers and leaders work together more effectively to improve patient safety.

Working collaboratively, we can more proactively identify risks, better support those involved in an incident and help prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. Together we can shape safe, high-quality care delivery, co-design safer care systems and continuously improve to keep patients safe.

To access this resource, click here: