The Toronto Home Care Digest for November 15, 2013
Posted by Steve Jones
Fri, Nov 15, 2013
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If you or someone you know and love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, you have no choice but to live with that new reality. However, you and your loved ones can choose how you live with it. We are excited to announce the launch of our latest eBook, “Living Well with Alzheimer’s Disease,” available Friday, November 15.
For the last 34 years, David Suzuki has been the star of the documentary series, The Nature of Things. Before that, he was a professor at UBC. What many people may not know, however, is that his mother died of Alzheimer’s disease, along with all three of her siblings. In his next documentary, airing on Nov. 14, he delves into the world of Alzheimer’s disease and his personal experience with it. The show is called Untangling Alzheimer’s.
Studies on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have been on the rise all over the world in the last few years. Everything from music therapy to genetic factors and everything in between, we starting to learn more about what causes dementia, what can be done to reverse the effects, and perhaps most importantly, how to avoid it in the first place.
FROM AROUND THE WEB…
If you told Ross Morton two decades ago he would be donning a big pair of floppy shoes and red nose every November, he would have laughed. The reinsurance professional had his hands full with a jet-set career and resisted calls from his boss and friends to join the Santa Claus Parade as a celebrity clown. The Santa Claus Parade starts at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Bloor and Christie Sts.
First published on MedCityNews.com. Thanks to technology and the changing culture of medicine, those of us who dont have thousands of dollars to donate to medical research have have easier ways to contribute. Instead of money, we can donate our knowledge and our data. Crowdsourcing has tremendous potential in speeding up and broadening the scope of medical research, and the rise of community portals like CureTogether and PatientsLikeMe have shown that people are indeed willing to contribute their data if it means better outcomes or better understanding.
To care for women, men can get help
Male caregivers account for more than 40 percent of informal care providers; 60 percent of them work full-time outside the home, and an estimated 60 percent care for spouses with dementia or Alzheimer’s. More than 40 percent of men use paid assistance for their loved one’s personal care, and that can be a good solution to uncomfortable situations, but can also be costly.