For many seniors, the holidays are not a time of celebration and joy, but only serve as reminders of how lonely he or she may be, the friends that have passed on, the lack of family get-togethers and an inability to participate in such events. Commonly known as the holiday blues, elderly depression during the holidays affects singles, divorcees, and seniors around the world, and not only during the traditional holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, but other events as well.
While researchers from around the world work to find new ways to treat Alzheimer’s and prevent the on-set of dementia, families and people affected by different stages of dementia must make good use of all available tools to address the cognitive and emotional symptoms of the condition. One important such tool is music.
Depression greatly diminishes a person’s quality of life, personal joy and productivity. Too often elderly persons who reside in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or live alone suffer from depression. Their declining health and functioning, multiple life changes, and diminished personal resources are factors predisposing them to depression. Unfortunately, those family members who care for them also suffer disproportionately from depression and other adverse health conditions.
Regular exercise is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and is recommended for everyone, including older adults with a disability. It is never too late to start exercising. Older adults often ask about the risks and benefits of exercise.
Cette infographie exhorte les gens à amorcer une démarche de planification préalable des soins au moyen d’un message bien clair: Il est temps de nous sortir la tête du sable et de parler de nos volontés de fin de vie.
This french poster encourages people to think about and talk about their end of life wishes.
Antipsychotic medications are used to treat a variety of different mental health conditions. They may be used to treat people with dementia when they have certain serious behaviours that are hard to manage with other strategies. As a member of the care team, you have an important role to play in helping the health care providers decide whether this treatment is a good choice for your family member or friend. This guide will help you learn more about how antipsychotic medications are used to help people with dementia.
This tool is designed to help providers understand, assess, and manage residents in LTC homes with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (responsive behaviours), with a focus on antipsychotic medications. It was developed as part of Centre for Effective Practice’s Academic Detailing Service for LTC homes. This tool integrates best-practice evidence with clinical experience, and makes reference to relevant existing tools and services wherever possible.