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The Toronto Home Care Digest for October 25, 2013

Posted by Steve Jones

Fri, Oct 25, 2013

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Early-onset Alzheimer's disease, though similar in many ways to regular onset, has a few differences. For one, it can take effect much faster than regular Alzheimer's, and, of course, it strikes people much younger. For anyone who has recently been disagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's or knows someone who was, you've undoubtly got a million questions.

Proper Sleep Could Slow Progress of Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center may have recently discovered a vital function of sleep that could completely change the way we view and treat neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.

4 Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

The following is an excerpt from our upcoming ebook, Living Well with Alzheimer's Disease, available for free on our website on November 1, 2013. This chapter outlines the stages of Alzheimer's in a couple different ways.

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Ontario faces potential nurse shortage

Ontario may soon face a critical shortage of nurses, affecting wait room times and the quality of health care, according to the Registered Nurse Association of Ontario (RNAO). A recent report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) found that, while most of the country has experienced an increase in the number of nurses per 100,000 people, Ontario’s numbers decreased from 718 to 699 between the years 2008 and 2012 — leaving it second-last in the country.

Family has role in end-of-life decisions, Supreme Court of Canada rules in Rasouli case

The Supreme Court of Canada ruling on the fate of a comatose Toronto man clarifies how to deal with end-of life dilemmas in Ontario, but raises questions about how similar scenarios should be dealt with in the rest of Canada, experts say. In a 5-2 decision Friday, Canada’s highest court ruled doctors at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre cannot not unilaterally decide to withdraw life support measures from Hassan Rasouli, a retired engineer who has been in a coma since 2010.

Elder care doesn’t have to be grim and depressing: Goar

The last place most Torontonians would look for boldness, innovation and risk-taking is the elder care sector. Most nursing homes are grimly utilitarian. They meet government requirements but seldom aim higher. They feed, clothe and groom patients adequately, but pay little attention to their quality of life.