Date updated: June 12, 2019
Abuse of Older People: A Community Response. Final Report (Australia)
The Community Response report is the culmination of six months consultation and discussion with keystakeholders throughout Australia as well as feedback from the recent 5th Elder Abuse Conference -Together Making Change held in Sydney. The 70 people involved directly in the development of this report, call all governments in Australia to action ... to act nationally ... to address the abuse of older people in Australia. Although specific to Australia, like minded individuals from other countries could benefit from a review of the process, results, and recommendations.
Advance Health Care Directives Act (Government of NL)
An Act respecting the Advance Health Care Directives and the appointment of Substitute Health Care Decision Makers (Government of Newfoundland and Labrador).
Canada Food Guide
Canada Food Guide Snapshot Canada`s Food Guide - Eat well. Live well.
- Eat a variety of foods every day.
- Have plenty of vegetable and fruit (half the plate)
- Choose whole grain foods (one quarter of the plate)
- Eat Protein Foods (one quarter of the plate)
- Make water your drink of choice
Dehydration is Dangerous for Seniors' Health
DEHYDRATION IN SENIORS: AN OFTEN-OVERLOOKED HEALTH RISK DailyCaring blog Dehydration is dangerous for senior health Drinking enough water is important for everyone, but especially for older adults who are at greater risk for dehydration. A UCLA study found that 40% of seniors may be chronically under-hydrated. That can easily lead to dehydration and cause a variety of serious health problems, including urinary tract infections (UTI), falls, kidney stones, and more. And, adults age 65 and up have the highest hospital admission rates for dehydration. See More (link below) on the symptoms and health risks of dehydration as well as the benefits and ways of staying hydrated.
Delirium Prevention and Care with Older Adults (CCSMH)
Delirium is a medical emergency! For more information, check out Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH). The coalition's main focus areas are: Delirium; Depression ; Long-term Care (mental health issues are common among seniors in LTC); Suicide Prevention. This tool (pamphlet) is for seniors.
Depression in Older Adults. You are Not Alone! (CCSMH)
Depression is NOT a normal part of aging! For more information, check out Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH). The coalition's main focus areas are: Delirium; Depression ; Long-term Care (mental health issues are common among seniors in LTC); Suicide Prevention. This tool (pamphlet) is for older adults.
DepressionHurts.ca - Mood Disorders Society of Canada
DepressionHurts.ca is a website from Mood Disorders Society of Canada. Check out the following: What is Depression - causes of depression and symptoms of depression Could it be depression- Symptom Checklist - http://depressionhurts.ca/en/checklist/ Managing your depression - accepting help, leading a healthy lifestyle, maintain your social life, develop a management plan, identifiy barriers to recovery, important points to consider Journey to Improvement - talk to your doctor, Doctor discussion guide, consulting a therapist self help groups, your support network Information for family and friends - how to help, questions about treatment, talking about depression, resources These publications are not meant to be a substitute for professional nor are they diagnostic tools. In other words, completing the checklist will not tell you whether or not you have depression. The purpose of this tool is to help you discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor. It will help your doctor find the treatment that works best for you.
- If there is an emergency: call 911 immediately; or
- If you are experiencing a Mental Health Crisis contact the 811 Health Line
Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities - Special Needs
This Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needspublication was developed in collaboration with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, the St. John Ambulance, The Salvation Army and the Province of Ontario. This publication is available below.
Explaining COVID-19 to the person living with dementia
Alzheimer Society of Canadaˈs Series Managing through COVID-19 provides COVID-19 Information for people with dementia, caregivers and families. One of The Alzheimers Tips for caregivers providing care at home - identifies ways to Explain COVID-19 to the person living with dementia.
FALL RISK AMONG AGING ADULTS -Blog - Aging Life Care Association™
FALL RISK AMONG AGING ADULTS Claudia Fine ( Aging Life Care Association™ Member) provides us with: 6 Surprising Signs Your Loved One May Be at Risk for a Fall.
Five Questions to Ask About Your Medications
5 questions to ask about your medications when you see your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. You will find this document at “Resources on Client, Patient & Resident Safety” on the central health authority website. Scroll down and select the link option from the publication list.
Five tips to boost good nutrition and hydration in older age
Friends of the Elderly has partnered with the British Dietetic Association (BDA) for Nutrition and Hydration Week 2017. We are highlighting the importance of good nutrition and hydration in older age. 1. Eat enough! 2. Keep hydrated 3. Take vitamin D 4. Make sure you’re getting enough calcium 5. Dose up on B vitamins (folic acid, B6, B12)
Government of Canada Brochure. Planning for Future Housing Needs
Older Canadians can plan ahead by thinking about the housing they have and the housing they may need.Seniors can look around to see what is out there. Or they can look at their current home to see what can be done to make the home easier and safer to live in as they get older.
Government of Canada Services Guide for Seniors
This guide provides information about Government of Canada services and programs for seniors and their families. You will find information in this guide useful if you are 50 years of age or older, planning for retirement, caring for a senior, or a friend or family member of a senior.
Government of Canada: Your Cannabis Questions and Answers- Get the Honest Facts
These are honest questions from Canadians about the health and safety facts of cannabis. Then they recruited experts in the field of cannabis to answer. But first there is a series on What are the short-term effects of cannabis use? Canadians want the facts. Their question to experts: What is the difference between CBD and THC? Is it addictive? Is cannabis addictive? What are the risks of driving high? How can you talk to kids about it? Does cannabis have a positive or negative impact? What happens when you mix alcohol and cannabis? How can a plant be harmful? Are there risks to using cannabis?
How to Talk to Your Doctor: A Guide for Caregivers and Older Adults
Team up with your loved one and their doctor to yield the best possible outcome for their health care! The tips and guidelines listed in this guide will help caregivers and older adults talk more effectively with the older adult's doctor. While this guide is written for caregivers, the tips given here can be very useful to older adults.
IMPORTANT FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT OLDER ADULT’S DENTAL HEALTH
The Upside to Aging shares a guest post on 13 facts about senior dental health. Seniors should take proper care of themselves whether or not they have dentures. Of particular interest, poor oral health is linked to pneumonia. Both poor oral health and hygiene can lead to seniors accidentally inhaling food and drink. For seniors especially, this aspiration can lead to pneumonia. People with lung disease, stroke, dementia, and neurologic conditions are especially at risk. Thankfully, receiving proper medical and dental care can reduce a person’s risk. Read this post by Susan Ashby to consider facts 2 to 13.
It's Your Decision. How to make an Advance Health Care Directive
Booklet developed by the provincial government on how to make an Advance Health Care Directive. An Advance Health Care Directive template is included.
McMaster Optimal Aging Portal - Blogs and Evidence-Based Summaries
The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal - provides direct and easy access to evidence-based information on how to inform and instill healthy aging. Blogs, web resources, and information for professionals provide insights on many topics related to aging.
Measuring Your Impact on Loneliness in Later Life
This guidance offers information and advice on choosing and using a scale to measure the impact of your services on loneliness in older age. Recently, Age UK, reported that there is a lack of good evidence on the impact of different types of services on loneliness. Feeling lonely is linked to risk of an earlier death, depression, dementia and poor self-rated health (Note: see references to studies within this guide). We need to know more about ‘what works’ to prevent or alleviate it. Loneliness has a negative impact on our quality of life, and mental and physical health. Measuring loneliness will help you to show the positive impact of certain services on the way people feel about their relationships and connections – and give you a more detailed understanding than a wellbeing measure can.
Use this chart to make a list of any medications you are currently taking. Bring this chart with you to the doctor.
Mental and Physical Health Support from your Doctor- Find the Words Guide
It can be hard talking to your doctor (General Practitioner) or nurse about your mental health. It is important to talk with your family doctor (or GP) or nurse about your health as a whole, your mental and physical health. Mind for better mental health (United Kingdom) made a free guide to help you talk to your family doctor or nurse about the things you might find hard to express. The guides help you 'Find the Words" to make the most of your short visit with your doctor or nurse.
Mental Health in Long Term Care (CCSMH)
Mental health issues are common among seniors in LTC! For more information, check out the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH). The coalition's main focus areas are: Delirium; Depression ; Long-term Care (mental health issues are common among seniors in LTC); Suicide Prevention. This tool (pamphlet) is for seniors and family members.
Prevention of Suicide in Older Adults (CCSMH)
Prevention of Suicide in Older Adults - Find Hope Again! For more information, check out the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH). The coalition's main focus areas are: Delirium; Depression ; Long-term Care (mental health issues are common among seniors in LTC); Suicide Prevention. This tool (pamphlet) is for older adults.
Safe Medication Use For Older Adults (Ontario)
Information for older adults, families and caregivers on:
- Why it is Important to Understand and Know How to Manage your Medications.
- The Different Types of Medications.
- Medication Management Strategies.
Senior Living- A publication of the Telegram, Western Star and NL community newspapers
Senior Living is published 10 times per year by The Telegram, Western Star and NL Community Newspapers. It is delivered monthly in The Telegram, Western Star and NL Community Newspapers and is available for pick up at your local Newspaper office. Editors encourage content that promote the Health • Prosperity • Happiness • Lifestyle and more of seniors in the region and the province. © SaltWire Network Sales Manager: Gerry Carew - Gerry.email@example.com Looking to Advertise Contact: Amanda Pike Sales/Project Coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org 709-596-6448 Editorial Inquiries: Denise Surette Editor/Project Manager - email@example.com
SENIORS AND HOUSING TRANSITIONS BOOKLET
This popular SeniorsNL original document provides a series of checklists for seniors to consider when thinking about staying where they are or moving. SeniorsNL Seniors Housing Transitions 2022
Seniors’ Suicide Prevention - Centre for Suicide Prevention
Seniors’ Suicide Prevention is part of a CSP-developed Tool Kit that includes information about different groups at risk of suicide. This publication provides statistics that stress the seriousness [high rates] of suicide in older adults. This is especially true for men 65 and older. You will also read about warning signs, risk factors, and protective factors of suicide in seniors. The resource provides links to other publications on this topic.
The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging Report
The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging released their first report on health and aging in Canada. The report presents key findings on a range of aging issues based on information provided by more than 50,000 participants. The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) Report on Health and Aging in Canada tells us that: •95% of CLSA participants rate their own mental health as excellent, very good or good. •Women are more likely than men to express feelings of loneliness and social isolation, and that there is a link between feelings of loneliness and depression among older Canadians. •44% of CLSA participants report that they provide some level of care to others, and caregiving is most frequent (49%) among individuals aged 55 to 64. Read more CLSA Report.
What to Consider When Selecting New Tech for an Aging Loved One
Retiring baby boomers readily take advantage of the technology available to them. But what about the boomers’ parents? Pew Research reports about 56 percent of those over 80 do not use the internet and 83 percent do not have smartphones. Regardless of the age, social isolation is harmful. Depending on their level of comfort and experience, various platforms (hardware and software) are available to reduce social isolation, increase engagement, personal safety and health monitoring. Technology can help you remain independent and stay connected, but the options are often overwhelming. What will work for the seniors in your life? It all depends on the Purpose, Ease of use, Equipment and costs, and whether Support is available.