A geriatrician can help aging loved ones
Bart Mindszenthy When my mother was sliding deeper into her years and what eventually was diagnosed as a form of dementia, we were at a loss as to what to do. My parent’s family doctor was doing all he knew how ...
Pivotal eldercare year closes
Bart Mindszenthy In many ways, 2013 will be remembered as a pivotal year in the evolution of the brave new world of eldercare in the family. In Canada, this year marked the start of a more open discussion of the moral ...
Newest book on aging and eldercare in the family here
Eleven years ago, Dr. Michael Gordon, Canada’s leading geriatrician and then head of geriatrics and internal medicine at Toronto’s world-renowned Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and I had the first of our Parenting Your Parents book series published in Canada. ...
Music can help with an aging loved one
A few years ago as my mother was sliding slowly but surely into her own mind’s dark spaces; engaging her become more and more difficult. She’d more or less stopped talking in sentences and for periods of time barely spoke more ...
Lots of support needs, lots of choices: what’s best
Families across Canada are more and more facing a dilemma: how to ensure aging parents and other loved ones have the kind of personal care support they need now or will soon. And that’s precisely why we see an increasing number ...
Pain management and aging loved ones
Bart Mindszenthy Pain hurts anyone, anytime. Pain hurts even more for older people whose resilience is lower and who are thinner, frailer, and more sensitive. It’s rather interesting to see how we deal with pain management today, compared to even two ...
Self-care for the eldercaregiver
The vast majority of health care professionals are amazingly dedicated to helping others maintain or regain a healthy lifestyle. Regardless of whether it's a nurse or a physician or a personal support worker or any other front line care professional, there ...
The stubborn streak among the aging: Safety issues abound
There is an underlying general truism to the art and science of eldercare: watch for the stubborn streak and learn how to deal with it, or else…! In my personal journey of eldercare with my aging parents, it took me way ...
Palliative care: An important end of life alternative
The World Health Organization defines palliative care as “...an approach which improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illness, through the prevention, assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems.” There are ...
Technology and eldercare: Delivering much needed support
A close friend not long ago told me about how his father-in-law had to be taken to the emergency room at their local hospital because of suddenly intensified irrational behaviour caused by some form of suspected cognitive impairment. Once diagnosed ...
Education and Professional Development
As we gather our receipts and get ready to prepare our taxes, many of us start to feel a ‘cash crunch’ and are […]Read more →
Health Care Policy
At the hospital, provincial, and even federal level, those responsible for running our health care system are developing solutions to address the rising […]Read more →
Gang Zhou dreamed of becoming a doctor, but he didn’t know where to start. It was 2013 and Gang had just moved to […]Read more →
COMMITMENT ✚ DEDICATION ✚ COMPASSION ✚ LEADERSHIP Look around you. Have you been inspired, encouraged or empowered by an employee or a colleague? […]Read more →
Ornge provides an essential service in Ontario’s highly regionalized health care system by transporting patients to definitive care in a timely manner. To […]Read more →
In Ontario, health care has long been one of the healthier economic sectors to work in. And it may well be the healthiest […]Read more →
Volunteers have always played an instrumental role at Holland Bloorview, helping to create a world of possibility for kids with disability in our […]Read more →
The challenge for jurisdictions funding the Canadian health care system is determining how to provide the best possible care for the best possible […]Read more →
Broken Telephone Pictionary is basically a game where a person starts off drawing a topic and the next person interprets the drawing and […]Read more →
Everyone remembers that one special comforting toy or blanket they had as a child. How a hug could make almost any sadness or […]Read more →
Almost 70 years ago, six-month-old Norma Nicholson was found by a police officer outside the gates of her father’s house in Kingston, Jamaica […]Read more →
One year ago I wrote a column on the ethics of paediatricians discharging vaccine-hesitant parents from their practices. Since that time there have […]Read more →
We don’t often think about the delicate balance of our blood. On one hand, we need to be able to form blood clots […]Read more →
From the CEO's Desk
Meet Sarah. Sarah was a 26 year-old newly graduated teacher who always dreamed of getting married. She had a met and subsequently became […]Read more →
Every once in a while, the debate on vaccine safety and efficacy surfaces in the news and on social media. The most infamous […]Read more →
The Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Montreal, Quebec is one of the few long-term care centres in Canada to have a Centre […]Read more →
Innovation and Technology
Digitization of paper records is a necessary component in every organization’s evolution to fully electronic records systems. For Canadian hospitals already under pressure […]Read more →
Geriatrics and Aging
Supporting seniors to stay healthy in their home is one of the health care system’s greatest challenges; accomplishing it is one of Fraser […]Read more →
Health Care Policy
Communities across Ontario are seeing a shift in demographics. Populations are growing and aging. As a result of this new reality, hospitals are […]Read more →
Geriatrics and Aging
Recognizing the growing numbers of seniors presenting at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) Emergency Department (ED), it was obvious the unique needs of […]Read more →