Mar 1, 2015
In Canada we're fortunate to have an international group of researchers compiling evidence on what divides elderly caregiving around the world, in the hopes that we can learn to improve what unites us, providing the best possible care for our residents.
Headed up by Pat Armstrong, a research professor of sociology at York University, a study group was formed in 2011 to uncover the most promising practices in long-term care from around the world and how conditions of work relate to conditions of care.
Most studies have a specific theory that a researcher will attempt to prove, but this study differs in that it isn’t setting out to prove something specifically. Instead, it is a fact finding mission for good ideas in elder care with researchers seeking practices that treat providers and residents with dignity and respect, understand care as a relationship, take differences and equity into account and promote active, healthy aging.
Mar 1, 2015
Japan. A land of dichotomies, where traditional Confucian values and collectivism butt up against cutting edge entertainment and technology; where “cool Japan” is exported through fashion, design and technology.
A country where the former prime minister, and current finance minister, Taro Aso, has called for Japanese seniors to stop being so selfish and “hurry up and die” to relieve the pressure on healthcare but where elderly pets can receive private clinic care to make their last days comfortable and enjoyable.
Japan, where suicide ranks as a top ten health burden along with top-ranked lower back pain and eighth-placed Alzheimer’s disease; its elderly population vastly larger than Canada’s. What Canadians quaintly refer to as the impending ‘silver tsunami' would appear to be a ‘silver mildly choppy day’ to the Japanese.
Mar 1, 2015
A new restaurant opened up in my town the other month and so as you do with new places, you give it a little while for the “new place” hoopla to settle down.
It’s one of those new trendy places: decorated by someone from HGTV, with a locavore menu dreamed up by someone from Food Network that loves Southern BBQ; basically a vegan’s nightmare. My mouth was salivating just reading the menu online.
It didn’t disappoint.