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How the Internet Helps Depression

Sep 3, 2014

It's easy for someone to become isolated and depressed, even within a care facility, but a recent study showed that the Internet can be extremely beneficial to the elderly when it comes to depression. The Internet is a great way to learn and connect whether it be through Facebook, Wikipedia or a number of other sites.

The American study revealed that Internet usage reduced the chances of depression by 30%.

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Aug 7, 2014

Including Family and Staff in Events

It can be an intense experience when you have to pass along the care of a loved one into the hands of a stranger. It takes a large amount of trust and yet worry still remains. The problem occurs when that worry coupled with fear and concern escalates a situation in a facility.

Jul 7, 2014

Creating a Positive Team Environment

We've all had one of those jobs. Good pay, good job, bad environment. A positive working environment makes a huge difference in a workplace.

But what does that even mean? People tend to focus on the word positive and assume that it’s about being as positive as possible 24/7. But of course, that’s completely unrealistic. Instead, the focus needs to be on the word team.

Jun 19, 2014

Ask An Expert: Reviewing the Contract

How much time is appropriate to allow a new hire to review a contract?

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Sep 11, 2014

Eskasoni working for own long-term care facility

Nova Scotia's largest Mi'kmaq community is working to create its own long-term care facility for its aging population.

Sharon Rudderham, health director at the Eskasoni Community Health, says people in the region are struggling to care for elderly relatives at home.

Sep 11, 2014

Electrical fire forces evacuation of St-Hubert seniors’ residence

MONTREAL — An electrical fire in the ceiling of a seniors’ residence forced the evacuation of 36 people Tuesday night and did $300,000 damage. The fire was called in at 9:34 p.m. for the residence on Chemin de Chambly in St-Hubert. Thirty-four firefighters and 11 vehicles were sent to deal with the fire and the residents of the 50-unit building. Three people were sent to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Most residents were able to go back to their units at midnight.

Sep 11, 2014

Harper Launches Action for Seniors Report

September 10, 2014 – Hamilton, Ontario – Employment and Social Development Canada

The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, unveiled today the new Government of Canada Action for Seniors report, a comprehensive information resource highlighting federal programs and services that can be accessed by seniors, their families, and caregivers.

Minister Wong made the announcement with officials who developed McMaster University’s Optimal Aging Portal, a website that offers information about healthy aging and which can now be accessed through the Government of Canada’s seniors.gc.ca website.

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Sep 15, 2014

Mental Health and Seniors

We are in the midst of a mental health crisis that impacts seniors every day. And yet, in the media, the focus tends to be on youth or working adults, not the elderly.

Perhaps it's because we view some mental health issues as a natural part of aging when in fact it isn't.

A recent survey performed in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Yukon indicated that 44% of seniors were either diagnosed or had symptoms of depression. Let that number sink in for a moment.

Sep 15, 2014

Fire Sprinkler System Maintenance

Recently in the fire prevention industry we’ve seen some incredibly sad situations that have caused great hardships for many. And while nothing we do now can bring them back, everything we do now can mitigate future building fires.

And while some building occupants have been lucky enough to have fire sprinkler protection others have not. Fire sprinkler systems save lives, but in order for fire sprinkler systems to be effective they must be maintained.

Automatic fire sprinkler systems and standpipe systems that are properly installed and maintained are very effective at protecting both people and property.

Sep 15, 2014

With Eager Anticipation

At one point this summer I had to meet some wonderful new family and friends. Being recently married there’s a whole nother side you have to be introduced to and with so many family and friends now living all over the world it’s going to take some time to meet them all. Invariably conversations turn to “so what do you do?” and then I of course have to pull out a bunch of fancy sounding titles like “publisher” and “editor,” at which of course everyone goes “ohhh” and “ahhh” or “wow that’s cool,” expecting to have just met someone who works at Maclean’s, Forbes or Vogue.