Posted by Steve Jones
Fri, Oct 4, 2013
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These days, many elders prefer to live in their own home and do things for themselves. Unfortunately, circumstances change slowly over time so that they are not even aware that they have become unable to take care of themselves as they use to.
How do you talk to your loved one about taking away the car keys, hiring a personal support worker, changing their diet, or any tough topic? The outcome of the conversation is in the approach you use.
About 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Nearly 90% of these have Type 2 Diabetes, a preventable but growing disease. While having it's own complications, having diabetes also raises the risk for stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and impotence.
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Ontario is expanding an innovative program for complex care patients, ensuring better patient outcomes, shorter hospital stays and fewer emergency room visits. Over 1,000 patients at St. Joseph's Health System will benefit from the Integrated Comprehensive Care Project, including those with lung cancer, joint replacement and chronic disease (COPD).
More than half the people in Ontario who reported they had major depression did not use physician-based mental health services in the following year, according to a new paper based on OHIP data from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Estimates claim that up to one in four people suffer at some point in their lives from depression, which reduces quality of life and is associated with increased disability and lower productivity at work.
It's time to talk about assisted suicide: Ontario health minister
Ontario's health minister says it's time for Canadians and their leaders to talk about assisted suicide, but the federal Conservatives are making it clear that they have no intention of reopening that emotionally charged debate. "We have no desire to reintroduce legislation that would open this issue up," Justice Minister Peter MacKay said Wednesday.