Toronto In-Home Care Blog

Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Jul 23, 2016

Families find hope in clinical trials and in an annual confernce for Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Disease.  The conference held this weekend in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel will review the clinical trial of two new drugs that might prevent or delay early-onset Alzheimer’s.

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Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia, In-Home Care, Medical Care

Top 5 health concerns for seniors

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Jul 14, 2015


It’s no secret that the average age in Canada is rising. 

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Statistics Canada predicts that by 2056 the median age in Canada will be 10 years older than today.

As our friends and relatives age, it’s important to keep an eye on their health.  Here are the most common senior health concerns: 

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Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia

Over-Medicated and Under-Cared-For in the Nursing Home

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Mar 7, 2015

pillsToo many residents of Ontario's nursing homes are over-medicated. It’s easier and faster to administer a pill than to figure out the root cause of the behaviour that prompted the drug’s use in the first place. Those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are susceptible to a number of unwanted behaviours, including agitation, anxiety, and aggression. To make it easier for over-worked and under-staffed employees to handle patients, many nursing homes use drugs to calm and quiet patients down.

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Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia

An Invention to Help Alzheimer's Patients Who Wander at Night

Posted by Jeff Durish

Sat, Feb 14, 2015

Teslas_magnifying_transmitter_generating_millions_of_voltsAlzheimer’s disease, along with its related dementias, is the fastest growing health threat in Canada. Between 2011 and 2031, a span of just 20 years, the number of Canadians living with Alzheimer's and dementia will double from over 700,000 to an estimated 1.4 million. Today the direct medical and indirect lost earnings costs are about $33 billion per year. By 2040 this number will skyrocket to $293 billion.

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Topics: Family caregivers, Alzheimer's/Dementia

Stanford Scientists Have Found a Possible Cure for Alzheimer's Disease

Posted by Steve Jones

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

researcherA new study released on January 2, 2015, in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests that preventative medicine or even a cure for Alzheimer's Disease could be on the horizon.

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Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia

Alzheimer Society of Toronto Sponsors "Walk for Memories"

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Jan 6, 2015

Walk_for_Memories_courtesy_Alzheimer_Society_TorontoOn January 31, more than 1,500 people whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer's disease are expected to participate in the Walk for Memories Presented by Memory Care, organized by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. Toronto's Walk for Memories is the largest fundraising Walk in Canada and features music and great entertainment. Corporate sponsors will provide beverages and snacks.

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Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia

5 Ways to Keep Dementia at Bay

Posted by Steve Jones

Sat, Jan 3, 2015

grandpa3A British study has recently found that following at least four of five 'golden rules' of healthy living can lower the risk of developing dementia by more than 30%.

According to Age UK, lifestyle can be responsible for as much as 76% of changes in the brain and that tweaks could do a lot to avoid mental deterioration and promote a healthy life.

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Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia

Give the Gift of Music to Your Alzheimer's or Dementia Patient

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Nov 4, 2014

living-with-alzheimers-disease-in-torontoIf music be the food of love, play on. - William Shakespeare

It's not surprising that sudden feelings of joy, contentedness, or relaxation can be conjured by a particular song coming on the radio. Our brains connect music with memories, reminding us of good times at parties, weddings, road trips with friends, touching movies, and more. When music is played, our brains light up with activity. It releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that tells us something is pleasurable and regulates emotional responses and motivation.

Over the last 20 years, research has started to pick up on the relationship between music and Alzheimer's disease and related dementia patients. The results are clear: music can be a viable alternative therapy to calm agitated patients and bring joy back into their lives.

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Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia

16 Tips for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia Caregivers

Posted by Steve Jones

Tue, Sep 30, 2014

comforting-hands-smallWhen you're a family caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, you're constantly needing to find new ways to manage care. What worked yesterday doesn't work today, and what didn't work last month might work now. The progressive nature of the disease never lets you rest knowing that you've implemented the best practices in dementia care. Best practices are a moving target, based on your loved one's capabilities at any given time.

Some of these tips are exerpts from our eBook "Living Well with Alzheimer's Disease." Most of them are designed for early to middle stage dementia. Later stages may need a more complex set of tools.

  1. Encourage your loved one to do as much as he can for himself, for as long as he can. This will help him feel good about himself and maintain his dignity and confidence.

  2. Put yourself in her place, literally: have someone give you instructions for an ordinary task in a language you don’t know; you’ll have to tune in to non-verbal cues to understand what they want you to do. Have someone spoon-feed you or brush your teeth for you. These are all routine experiences for a loved one with AD, but most of us have no idea what it feels like.
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Topics: Family caregivers, Alzheimer's/Dementia