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Less sleep in older adults linked to heart attack, stroke risk

Less sleep in older adults linked to heart attack, stroke risk

People in their 60s and 70s who have high blood pressure may want to make sure they get enough sleep. A new study suggests that if they log fewer than 7.5 hours under the covers every night, they’re at greater risk of heart attack, stroke, and sudden cardiac death than their peers who get more shut-eye. The risk is even … Read more

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Ontario To Double Seniors Community Grant Program

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Editor’s Note:  The Ontario Ministry of Finance issued a press release today to announce their  proposal to double funding to the Seniors Community Grant Program.  The proposed funding would increase the total funding envelope to $1 million  in 2014-15 (it currently stands at $500, 000).  The Seniors Community Grant Program supports initiatives by not-for-profit community groups that help seniors stay … Read more

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Playing for time: Can music stave off dementia?

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At 101, Frank Iacono still plays the violin. The concertmaster for the Providence Civic Orchestra of Senior Citizens in Rhode Island, he particularly enjoys playing polkas and jigs. “It keeps my mind active, and it gives me a lot of pleasure,” Iacono said. The orchestra’s executive director and co-founder, Vito Saritelli, said Iacono is extremely sharp for his age. “Music … Read more

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The Middle-Aged Guide to Growing Up: Sleep Tight

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I’m a Boomer, born right in the middle of the Boom, along with 400,000 other Canadian kids that year, and I’m a pensioner now. I’m also a champion sleeper, and I always have been. I fall asleep in the dentist’s chair (not kidding), I fall asleep the moment I board an aircraft and don’t wake up until they open the … Read more

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Elderly couple demand hospital end ‘illegal detention’

Elderly couple demand hospital end ‘illegal detention’

Douglas and Pamela Allen are asking a court to order their release from Victoria General Hospital An elderly Victoria couple has gone to B.C. Supreme Court to try to take back control of their lives, after they were committed and held in hospital after going there for care. In court documents, the Vancouver Island Health Authority claims Pamela and Douglas … Read more

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Ask the Doctor: “Why don’t you listen to me?” A double-edged sword

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The other day, I was in a cab going to a meeting in a downtown hospital, when the driver, a sympathetic young man with an accent, started complaining to me about his doctor “who never listened to him”. The driver had just found out I was a doctor and used the opportunity to vent his frustration. He attributed, however, his … Read more

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Three big ideas to transform the city

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Build the city around its people What if . . . . . . Toronto was a city that planned around its people? What if politicians truly fought for the families that live and work here, the young people who go to school and look for work, the parents and grandparents who worry about them and need some help themselves … Read more

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Alberta Health Minister Orders Care Home Investigation

Alberta Health Minister Orders Care Home Investigation

Horne orders investigation into care home abuse With attacks on vulnerable elderly residents in the province’s care homes on the rise, Health Minister Fred Horne has ordered an investigation into whether recommendations from previous cases have been enforced. But critics have questioned why the Alberta government’s 2014 budget trimmed $133,000 from the protection of persons in care unit, rather than … Read more

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Calgary Seniors Home Staff Charged With Abusing Client

Calgary Seniors Home Staff Charged With Abusing Client

Three ex-staff members of a long-term care facility in southwest Calgary are facing assault charges. Police say the family of a man in his 90s approached them early last month with concerns their loved one had been physically abused by staff at the Carewest Garrison Green facility where he lives. This article was published by CBC News on March 6th, 2013.  To … Read more

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CARP Advocacy Update

CARP Advocacy Update

Strengthening Canadians’ Financial Consumer Protection Framework Canadian investors need strong consumer protection regulations to ensure that they are able to navigate Canada’s financial system safely while effectively managing and planning personal finances and investments. CARP’s Submission to the Federal Finance Department on Strengthening Canadians’ Financial Consumer Protection Framework, released February 2014, focuses on Canadians’ financial consumer concerns by issuing a … Read more

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