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The Toronto Home Care Digest for January 3, 2014

Posted by Steve Jones

Fri, Jan 3, 2014

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21 Ways to Get Active and Happy in Etobicoke

Now that the holidays are over, the decorations can be put away, family and friends have gone home, and life is beginning to go back to normal. After all the excitement and stress, it's natural to want to hole up at home and get some peace and quiet.

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Toronto babies ring in 2014

It was a different type of countdown for four mothers across the GTA who rang in the new year to the cry of a newborn. Two babies were born at the stroke of midnight at North York General and Rouge Valley Centenary hospitals. A third was delivered by Caesarean section at Sunnybrook Hospital and another was born 38 seconds into 2014 at Credit Valley Hospital. Her twin sister was born minutes before — in 2013.

Cholesterol and Alzheimer's disease link strengthens in study

Well before signs of dementia trigger a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, a person's cholesterol levels may be a bellwether of amyloid plaque build-up in the brain, a new study finds. Long considered a reliable predictor of heart attacks and strokes, worrisome cholesterol levels may now raise concerns about dementia risk as well, prompting more aggressive use of drugs, including statins, that alter cholesterol levels.

3 things to know when hiring home health aide

In 2012, some 58,500 paid, regulated long-term care companies served about 8 million people in the U.S., some 4.7 million of whom received that care in their home. And more often than not, experts say those receiving that care – be it one, two or all of the basic activities of daily living – didn't know the first thing about hiring a home health care provider. So what do you need to know should you ever need the services of a home health care provider?