January 2020 blog post written by Gail Hawley Knowles, R.N., BA, MHs
Imagine waking up each morning dreading the start of the new day. Worrying about something so much that you are unable to think about anything else. Feeling restless, tense and agitated about an upcoming event or one that may never occur. Being afraid of a weather event happening half a continent away.
I know this is how people with extreme anxiety wake up.
November 2019 blog post written by Marguerite Oberle Thomas, RN., BScN.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides essential information on Canada’s health systems and the health of Canadians. CIHI reports the following:
In 2017–2018, 51 percent of all injury-related hospitalizations in Canada were for seniors age 65 and older.
During that period, 137,568 seniors were hospitalized because of injuries and 37 percent of those hospitalizations were males while 63 percent were females.
From 2017-2018, 81 percent of injury-related hospitalizations among seniors were due to falls.
From 2015–2016 to 2017–2018, the volume of injury-related hospitalizations among seniors increased by 9 percent.
October 2019 blog post written by Gail Hawley Knowles, R.N., BA, MHs
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” - Bernard Shaw
I often hear and read about “aging well”, “aging in place”, and “successful aging”. Some researchers and popular literature define these terms differently. Definitions range from how happy and well you feel, to aging as a measurement of physical performance and cognitive function, to aging as a presence or absence of disease. There is also the concept of “usual” aging and some define successful aging as “disease free aging”. In other words, “aging at home” becomes defined as the ability to overcome a multitude of barriers to stay at home. There are new clinics in Ontario called “Aging Well Clinics”, with the goal of helping older people overcome barriers to illness associated with complicated medical conditions.
September 2019 Blog Post written by Andrea Rochon RN, MScN
“When there’s an elephant in the room, introduce him.” – Randy Pausch
In Ontario, 20% of those 65 years of age and older have experienced or are currently experiencing some form of abuse. Think about that; 1 in every 5 older persons has experienced abuse – and these are just the cases that are reported. Despite this alarming statistic, abuse of older persons is often a hidden issue that is rarely discussed – let’s call it the elephant in health care.