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CARP Premiers Conference Poll Report

CARP Premiers Conference Poll Report

  Key Findings August 12, 2014:  CARP members think the most useful outcome of the upcoming First Ministers conference in PEI would be the kind of national standards for health care previously imposed by the national Health Care Accord, coupled with a comprehensive national seniors health care strategy that includes dementia care, home care and end-of-life issues. CARP members see … Read more

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Not Just a Bed – A Home

Not Just a Bed – A Home

As we age and become more fragile, our needs can become too great to stay where we would prefer to be – in our own homes. Acute care hospitals must confront the problem every day of discharging elderly patients who are no longer able to stay in an unsupported environment. Often, the only solution is a cold, hospital-like environment where … Read more

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Wandering can be Deadly: A List of Resources for Caregivers Looking after Dementia Sufferers

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Editor’s Note: Following a tragic hit and run accident that took place Wednesday August 6th in the evening, CBC news published the following article urging caregivers to take precautions… A Canadian family is grieving after an 83-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease was struck and killed by a vehicle on Highway 400 in the Toronto-area.  The driver has turned himself … Read more

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Physician-assisted death and euthanasia in Canada: should it be legal or banned?

Physician-assisted death and euthanasia in Canada: should it be legal or banned?

When Canadians saw the video from Donald Low pleading for physician-assisted death, it sparked a nationwide conversation on the issue. The public had grown used to seeing Mount Sinai Hospital’s microbiologist-in-chief at press conferences, poised and  explaining how Toronto was battling the SARS outbreak. But in this video, he is terminally ill with a brain tumour. Almost deaf and with one … Read more

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Budget 2015: Recommendations to the Department of Finance

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Inadequate retirement savings, precarious late-career employment, and poor investor protection combine to make it difficult for many Canadians to achieve and sustain retirement income security.   Nearly 6 percent of seniors still live in poverty, amounting to almost 300,000 people.[i]   One in six single seniors, most of whom are women, lives in poverty. Twelve million working Canadians do not have workplace … Read more

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Recap of CMA-CARP Seniors Care Challenge

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Leading up to the June 30, 2014 by-elections, CARP and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) partnered together on a Seniors Care Challenge. The challenge asked all candidates in the four by-elections, the Ontario ridings of Trinity-Spadina and Scarborough-Agincourt and the Alberta ridings of MacLeod and Fort McMurray-Athabasca, to endorse or reject 12 specific elements of a pan-Canadian seniors strategy. The … Read more

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CARP talks Health Care Transformation with Ontario’s new Deputy Minister of Health

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CARP met with Ontario’s new Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Bob Bell, on July 25, 2014 and introduced CARP’s advocacy work in health and the need for health care transformation, an area that CARP has increasingly been pushing for. CARP emphasized to the former president of the University Health Network, a network of 4 major hospitals and research centres in … Read more

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Ask a Doctor: Why Canadian medicare should neither ‘go Dutch’ or ‘go to the dogs’

This is the title of a very interesting article in one of the medical newspapers I subscribe. It is in regards to a topic much larger than pain but has general relevance for all of us Canadians. I would like to share excerpts with you. This paper with the above title was written by Dr. Ryan Meili on the July … Read more

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Let’s Talk: Happiness is the Key – First Installment

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Everyone wants to be happy. It’s so obvious it may even seem trivial – but it is not. Happiness and the way we strive for it, how we achieve it, the way we experience it and the role it plays/can play in policy discussions are incredibly important and have yet to be fully explored. Humans were pursuing “the good life” … Read more

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Province of Alberta accused of dragging feet on fire safety at seniors’ facilities

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Editor’s Note: On July 31st, the Calgary Herald published an excellent piece of investigative journalism that uncovered the Province has been dragging its feet on fire safety. The Herald obtained internal documents through Freedom of Information requests and uncovered a potential motive – internal Municipal Affairs memos suggest that it would cost $250 million to install sprinklers in all facilities … Read more

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