Alzheimer’s Activist Caron Leid Provides Comfort To Others And Shares Her Journey

Caron Leid is a doer. And when the going gets tough, she does even more. For the past 19 years, much of what Leid has done has been focused on helping her mother, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when she was 57, and helping caregivers like herself understand the disease and its impact on individuals, families and futures. “I might be an...

Beware of COVID-19 Phishing Scams And Fraud Aimed At Older Adults

You’d think that Steven Spielberg, the highest-grossing director of all time, would be immune to fraud. But you’d be wrong. The developer of Jaws, Jurassic Park, E.T.and many other films has wealth and status that provide him access to top financial professionals. But in 2008 that list included Bernie Madoff, a Ponzi-scheme operator who walked away with undisclosed amounts...

Prevent Caregiver Burnout With These 5 Stress-busting Tips

Managing the needs of aging parents is a top personal stressor, according to a 2018 survey of clients accessing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services at Morneau Shepell, a Canadian company that takes an integrated approach to employee assistance, health, benefits and retirement needs. However, it doesn’t have to be: Caregivers can survive and thrive as they navigate family responsibilities...

Analyzing Language Usage Opens The Door To Earlier Dementia Diagnosis

If dementia could be diagnosed earlier in patients, or even predict who might develop the disease later in life, it would mean nothing short of a revolution in dementia care. If caught early enough, steps could be taken that might prevent or delay its onset. With one in 10 Canadians at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease after age 65,...

Teva Canada Is Committed To Caring For Caregivers

For Canada’s 8.1 million caregivers, there are many moments when they feel truly fortunate to have an opportunity to help their loved ones. It’s both rewarding and challenging – an expression of love and dedication. Sometimes in the midst of carrying out daily responsibilities, the self-care of caregivers themselves slip far down on their list of priorities. That’s unfortunate because...

Bridging The Gap Between Caregivers And Pharmacists Is Essential In The Care Journey

Caregivers play a crucial role in providing unpaid care to a loved one with a physical, cognitive or mental health condition. Canada’s 8.1 million caregivers know these duties are both a rewarding and challenging experience that requires careful coordination with multiple entities, from health care professionals to family members. Teva Canada, part of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., recognizes this and...

A Daughter Reveals How A Dementia Diagnosis Rocked Her Family’s World

You might think you know what to expect when you hear the word “dementia,” and then – when you’re confronted with it in real life – you realize how little you knew. This disease turned my parents’ world upside down and, for awhile, mine too. While caring for them, I’ve learned that no two dementia diagnoses or prognoses are alike,...

Digital Bowling Program Improves Wellbeing For Older Adults

A digital bowling game where participants mimic the motions of the popular sport is proving to be beneficial for people with dementia and physical impairments who attend adult day programs, according to new research supported by AGE-WELL, Canada's Technology and Aging Network. The motion-based technology can “provide meaningful engagement” for a wide range of participants in such programs where staff...

Study Examines How Technology Helps People Balance Careers And Caregiving

Three years ago, Tammy Smye* reached the breaking point. She’d spent years juggling two jobs while caring for her husband, whose chronic health issues left him unable to work. The emotional and physical exhaustion finally triggered a mental health crisis and she had to take a three-month leave from work. “Basically, I burnt myself out,” she says. Smye’s situation is not...

CAMH Study Examines Whether A Blood Test Could Guide Care for Those With Late-Life Depression

A blood test that measures the impact of aging on cells could help to guide care among older adults with depression. It could be used to identify those at higher risk of dementia and potentially other health issues that are common in those with late-life depression. The test, known as the SASP index – which stands for “senescence-associated secretory phenotype”...