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Help for caregivers

Meet Henry. Like many Canadians in their 50s, Henry is a caregiver. His 85-year-old mother, Louise, was recently diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. She lives alone in the same rural town she's called home for the past sixty years. Louise relies on Henry for help with running errands, paying bills and a coordinating doctor’s appointments.…

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Planning for the future

It can be one of the most difficult conversations you’ll ever have. No one wants to think about it, let alone discuss it. But determining what kind of care you want to receive at the end of your life – and, more importantly, what you don’t – is a talk we all should have with…

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Aging Better: Know the difference between delirium and dementia

Delirium is increasingly common as you get older, and occurs more often than most people believe. In fact, among older people, delirium affects approximately 50 per cent of those admitted to hospital, and more than 80 per cent of those in intensive care. Between 15-70 per cent of individuals living in long-term care homes are…

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The power of stories

Dr. Carol Ward believes in the power of stories. In fact, stories are a vital tool in her work to help patients navigate their complex mental health challenges at Hillside Centre, a mental health facility in Kamloops that accepts patients from across Interior Health and the province. “When you know someone’s story, you’re better able…

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Staying connected

It is almost impossible to find a person in Canada today who has not been impacted by COVID-19. Every family across the country has been coping with some level of change in routine. One group particularly hard hit by recent changes are people living in long-term care or assisted living homes. In an effort to…

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How adult day programs transform lives

At 66 years of age, Carolyn inspires those who know her. Born with cerebral palsy, Carolyn lived with her parents until their poor health made it necessary for them to move into a long-term care home three years ago. For the first time in her life, Carolyn needed to figure out the basics of living…