Jun 16, 2014

Antipsychotics used more in N.L. long-term care than other areas

A Canadian pilot project is aiming to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs in long-term care homes across the country.

Statistics show that one in three long-term care residents in Canada is on antipsychotic medication without a diagnosis of psychosis from a doctor.

Jun 12, 2014

Our hospitals are not ready for the grey tsunami

Today, the average life expectancy for women is 82.5 years, and for men 78 years.

In 2030, or a little more than a decade-and-a-half from today, the federal Department of Finance predicts the average life expectancy for women will be 87 years and for men 82.8 years.

Jun 8, 2014

Seniors who died after developing severe infections at nursing home received appropriate care, review finds

Two residents of a Calgary nursing home who died last year after developing severe infections received appropriate care, according to a review commissioned by the facility’s owner.

But the geriatric care specialist that Revera Inc. asked to investigate McKenzie Towne Care Centre 

Jun 8, 2014

Alberta lacks consistent policy for seniors moving to long-term care

A review into how Albertans are moved into long- term care facilities has found a patchwork of policies across the province that are applied inconsistently and without adequate input from patients and their families.

The Health Quality Council of Alberta investigation into the now-suspended “first available bed” policy showed the province’s health-care system is “consistently incapable of completing the transition in a transparent way” and that the process has proven difficult and confusing for patients and families.

Jun 8, 2014

Locked, Loaded and Feeling Low

In the United States the debate around gun ownership often focuses on teenagers; however, research shows that elderly Americans are the most likely to own a gun and that presents both medical and legal problems for physicians and carers.

Writing in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Dr. Ellen Pinholt explores these issues and proposes a series of 'red flag' questions which caregivers must ask.