April 2020 Blog Post written by Sarah Seewald, BAH, RDH
As health care providers, we are aware of the unique health needs and challenges among older adults, especially low-income seniors, and dental needs are no exception. The most common dental complications observed in older adults are root caries (cavities), periodontal disease, tooth loss, xerostomia (dry mouth), candidiasis, angular cheilitis, and oral cancer. Living with these conditions can have a significant negative impact on ones quality of life, and most of these conditions can be prevented, managed or minimized with regular professional dental interventions.
March 2020 Blog Post written by Andrea Rochon RN, MScN
Polypharmacy is ubiquitous among our older population. While there is a lack of consensus in terms of the exact number of medications that constitute polypharmacy, it is generally agreed upon that polypharmacy involves the prescribing of at least five or more medications.
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.