SENIORCENTRIC JAN 22, 2021

Scanning the globe for news by, for and about Senior Citizens

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Research demonstrates that music is a seemingly safe complementary and alternative strategy that may hold health benefits.  

McMaster Optimal Aging
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Insomnia: Are sleeping pills the answer?
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My 86 year old grandpa is starting van life 🙂

Dr. Roberta Bondar celebrates 30 years since her first spaceflight

Active Agers in Canada 

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ACTIVE AGERS IN CANADA

ACTIVE AGERS IN CANADA

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Opinion: What will it take to change long-term care in Canada?

The global pandemic marked Canada as an outlier in one significant, tragic way. While seniors in most countries were hit hard, in Canada, a whopping 81 per cent of all deaths in the initial months of the pandemic happened in long-term care, compared to a mean of 42 per cent in other OECD countries. A more recent, independent assessment has found that of Canada’s 30,420 deaths from COVID-19, 18,800 deaths have occurred in 1871 residential facilities (as of Jan. 9, 2022).

Why were seniors in Canada’s long-term care facilities so hard hit compared to elsewhere?

Poor pandemic preparedness, lower daily care hours for residents, poor funding and resources, inconsistent inspections and inadequate integration of health and hospital services are among many factors at play. Most of these problems long predate the pandemic. Governments at all levels have known about the problems in long-term care for decades and have done little to address them.

In a recent study published in F1000 Research , along with our colleagues, we identify more than 80 reports from governments, unions, non-profit organizations and professional societies commissioned to examine the state of long-term care in Canada from 1998 to 2020. The reports range from a few pages to almost 1,500 pages; most identify the same basic problems and repeat the same basic recommendations.

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