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Getting your money's worth out of conferences and seminars

Nov 24, 2014

Getting your money's worth out of conferences and seminars

Conferences can be great learning experiences but sometimes they can be overwhelming. We’ve all been to conferences or seminars where we are given a boatload of information in the span of an hour or a few days and are then expected to not only remember but retain it for future use.

Separating the most important information from the stuff you don't need can be the toughest part of attending these events. Now of course, some of this is dependent upon the presenter. The better the presenter, the better chance you have of retaining what you need the most.

So how do you come away from a conference with the right information you need?

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Nov 5, 2014

Implementing Good Handwashing Practices in Your Facility

As we come into cold and flu season, it’s imperative to have good handwashing practices in your facility for your staff, residents and visitors. Even with best practices in place everyone needs a good reminder now and again. The plus side? Less chance of an infection breakout with cold and flu season upon us.

There are a few simple things you can do:

1.Make hand sanitizer dispensers readily available

A visit to an assisted living facility earlier this year left me wondering if they had any sanitizer dispensers at all. I finally noticed one along a side wall of the entrance, inconspicuous and almost hidden. As a result, those who came in and out of the building didn’t bother or didn’t notice to use the dispenser. They ended up dealing with some cold and flu outbreaks over several months.

Sep 22, 2014

Sleep and Cognitive Decline

We've all felt the difference between a terrible and a good night's sleep. A terrible sleep means you move slower, process things slower and generally aren't at your full capacity mentally.

Oftentimes we don't sleep as well during the week, using the excuse that we will 'catch up' on the weekend. But that's not actually possible and can be equally as bad for you.

Sep 22, 2014

Passing the Stress Test

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.”

But it can be much deeper than that, can't it? Stress takes a toll on you mentally, emotionally, and even physically. Stress can make your back ache and your head pound. It can also affect your relationships with others.

So how do we avoid stress?

Fourth Quarter 2014 In this issue

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.