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Seniors Care

Take part in HSO's longterm care survey

The Health Standards Organization wants your input on how to provide better quality long-term care.
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New report reveals demand for elder care set to double in 10 years

As Canada’s baby-boom population ages, the demand for elder care will double by 2031, according to a new report commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).
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National survey highlights lack of confidence in long-term care amid pandemic

The National Institute on Ageing (NIA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) released the findings of an online national survey gauging the perspectives of 2,005 Canadians on how the second wave of the pandemic has affected the state of Canada’s LTC systems. The majority of Canadians (86%) surveyed — and 97% of those aged 65 years and older — are concerned about the current state of LTC in Canada.
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The case of Mr. S and how the health care system failed him

This is the story of Mr. S. and it illustrates how we could be doing better for the good of patients and the sustainably of the health care system.
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Public rallies behind seniors strategy at Bruyère roundtable

Public supporters, as well as staff, patients and residents of one of Bruyère’s facilities in Ottawa participated in the latest roundtable discussion held by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) to discuss the need for a national seniors strategy.
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Ontario Launching Consultations to Improve Dementia Care

Ontario is launching consultations across the province to help develop a new dementia strategy, which will improve access to quality care for people living with dementia and boost support for those who care for them.
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CFHI and Canadian Frailty Network Improve Healthcare for Older Canadians

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement announced the 18 organizations that will improve healthcare for older adults by adapting Mount Sinai Hospital’s (Toronto) proven Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Strategy in their healthcare facilities.
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Prioritize the creation of alternatives to acute hospital care for Canada’s seniors

Canadian seniors would be healthier, and the health care system more effective, if an affordable, supportive housing strategy was in place throughout the country.
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Commentary: Action Needed On A National Seniors Strategy

What if the health system - which you supported with your taxes and depended on your entire life - is not able to care for you in the way you'd like, just when you need it most?
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A new approach to caring for seniors is spreading across Canada and internationally

The Acute Care for Elders (ACE) strategy has made real improvements for patients over the age of 65, including shorter hospital stays, fewer readmissions to hospital, and greater chance of returning home rather than to an institution such as a long term care home.
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The pan-Canadian chatter

“My friends say I don’t look a day over 66,” jokes Ray of Squamish, British Columbia. At 67 years old, he is seven years in to his retirement–the very retirement he envisioned.
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Age-Friendly Communities for Healthy, Independent Aging

Walk a mile in Ben's shoes and see the importance of age-friendly cities.
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Aging in Place

Whatever form it takes—spacious suburban bungalow or urban condo—our homes are more than roofs over our heads. We invest them with memories and emotions.
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New Alberta Law Set to Empower Seniors Living in Long-term Care Facilities

A new Alberta law titled The Resident and Family Councils Act, in effect as of Apr. 1, 2018, will give seniors living in long-term care and licensed supportive living facilities the right to establish self-governing resident and family councils.
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One Voice for Seniors Care

The most effective advocacy tactic is also the simplest: many voices speaking as one, delivering the same message.
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January is Alzheimer’s awareness month

This year we’re Alzheimer’s awareness month is fighting social stigma.
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A small community takes big strides

Emergency rooms across Canada triage and treat a steady, sometimes ballooning, stream of patients on any given day.
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BC Residential Care Survey and Directory: Important Step in Improving Care Quality

British Columbia (BC) recently undertook Canada’s most exhaustive survey of seniors living in long-term care (LTC) facilities, highlighting the province’s commitment to quality of care for this vulnerable sector of the population.
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Physicians developing local, scalable and sustainable solutions for seniors

Facing the challenge of an aging population, BC’s General Practices Service Committee instituted a residential care initiative aimed at enabling physicians to develop local, scalable and sustainable solutions.
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Prescribing physical activity can go a long way in preventing chronic disease

When caring for older patients, Thornton says physicians should not only be talking about medication, but also about what can be done as an adjunct to therapy or in some cases to replace medication altogether.
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Considering Dedicated Housing for LGBT Seniors

LGBT seniors say going into residential care can feel like going back in the closet. What are ways to address concerns about being out and open in a residential care setting?
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Better eye health for seniors is good public policy

The reality is that many eye diseases have no symptoms and a verdict of 20/20 vision doesn’t necessarily mean all is well.
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RISE on a Mission to Combat Loneliness and Isolation of Older People across Canada

Launched in 2015, the RISE campaign exists to help Canadians of all ages and in all regions gain a greater awareness of the impact of loneliness and isolation on older citizens.
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Health Human Resources: Effects and Challenges for Seniors Care

In November 2018, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), along with other stakeholders, attended a roundtable meeting hosted by the Canadian Association for Long Term Care (CALTC). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the widespread effects of shortages in the health care workforce (known as health human resources or HHR) on seniors care.
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A national seniors strategy means better health-care for all Canadians

A national strategy on seniors care is needed to help seniors get better access to efficient high-quality care, which will in turn help ensure Canadians of all ages gain improved access to care.
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Public and health professionals agree: Canada needs patient-centered care

Consensus is often hard to come by in these binary times, but there is a health care issue on which both the general Canadian public and health professionals agree: the need for patient-centred care.
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Canada’s 40,000 Indigenous seniors face particular challenges

Critics say that Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit Canadians over age 65 are paying for the lack of collaborative problem-solving between government departments and agencies.
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The CMA Takes its Work on Seniors Care to the International Level at the United Nations

On July 24, CMA President Dr. Laurent Marcoux was in New York City to support the creation a new UN convention on the rights of older persons and to advocate for Canada to champion its adoption.
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CMA Health Summit Spotlight: Philip Edcumbe

As a student in the MD/Phd program at the University of British Columbia, where he is pursuing a medical degree and has completed his PhD in engineering, Edgcumbe has helped develop many new medical technologies: an augmented-reality display of ultrasound images to help surgeons better “see” patients’ organs, and the pico lantern, a device that maps and projects a patient’s tumor(s) and blood vessels – in 3D – onto their body during surgery.
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CMA releases platform for new Canadian Health Accord

As Canada’s health ministers meet in Toronto to discuss the key issues affecting the health of Canadians, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has released its plan for a new Health Accord to give our nation’s health care system a much-needed reboot.
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Advancing Inclusion and Quality of Life for Seniors

The CMA’s submission to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, Advancing Inclusion and Quality of Life for Seniors, outlines 15 recommendations for how seniors can remain active and engaged citizens of our communities.
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Sizing up the demand for long-term care in Canada

Visualizing the costs of an aging population.
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New report decries “patchwork” approach to seniors care in Canada

A new report launched today by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) shows that many seniors are falling through cracks in terms of accessing care and services due to a lack of a national approach and strategy.
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Canada will need 199,000 long-term care beds by 2035

It’s an equation that can’t be ignored. The older we get, the more likely it is that some of us will need assistance beyond what we can receive in our own homes. As Canada’s population ages, building new long-term care capacity will enable our communities to provide better care to their citizens and generate economic growth, says a new study by the Conference Board of Canada.
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CMA Releases 16th Annual National Report Card on Health Care

The CMA’s 16th Annual National Report Card on Health Care focused on solutions to address the health care needs of Canada’s aging population that could be included in the soon-to-be negotiated Health Accord between the federal, provincial and territorial governments.
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CMA talks better care with seniors in Ottawa

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) recently brought the topic of seniors care to where it matters the most — a long-term care facility.
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Combating Loneliness and Isolation in Seniors with Community Engagement

Your life shouldn’t stop when you become a senior, or when you retire; you should be able to remain actively and meaningfully engaged with the world.
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Dan's Law

The Duma family and Dr. Cargill are devoted advocates, raising awareness about necessary access to palliative care for so many patients who cannot wait three months.
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Most homes with dementia patients rely heavily on informal caregivers, StatsCan says

85 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with dementia and living at home relied ― at least in part ― on family or friends as informal caregivers, Statistics Canada said in a recent study.
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British Columbia Plans Diversity Village to Care for Multicultural Aging Population

In Surrey, British Columbia, plans are underway to build a long-term care home that provides services for members of the “aging and diverse multicultural population” who are unable to care for themselves.
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B.C. fitness program proves exercise is crucial, especially as you age

On Gabriola Island, about five kilometres east of Nanaimo, senior citizens are discovering the power of exercise.
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Spotlight: Dr. Clare Liddy, Accelerating Seniors’ Access to Specialists

Dr. Claire Liddy discusses the eConsult model and how it helps patients.
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A Comprehensive Eye Exam Can Save More than Your Vision: It Can Help Save Your Life

There is a disturbing assumption among many adults that losing one’s vision is a natural part of the aging process. While there are certainly some natural changes that happen in the eye as we grow older, they need not lead to blindness.
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The Results Are In: Fall Prevention Polls

Throughout November, we asked for your feedback on issues related to fall prevention to better understand where our readers were coming from. Here are the results!
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Female Seniors Making the Most of Golden Years

More and more women are facing the realities of aging alone, but this doesn’t have to be a negative thing.
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Fall Prevention Month: Addressing the Needs of Caregivers

Fall prevention awareness is essential for anyone living with frailty – and those who assist and care for them.
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Waiting to Feel Good Again: The Human Cost of Waiting for Surgery

According to Montreal orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Antoniou, the impact of Canada’s current wait times for joint replacement surgery go far beyond a patient’s need for a new hip or knee.
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Healthy Canadians Grant Spotlight: Nourishing our Seniors at Home

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, a community group that provides services for everyone from seniors to babies in a culturally diverse population, used their $10,000 grant from the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Foundation to start their Nourishing our Seniors at Home (NOSH) program.
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Geriatric Day Hospitals

Geriatric day hospitals are community-based or hospital outpatient programs intended to prevent unnecessary emergency department visits, hospital admissions and nursing home admissions.
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Healthy Canadians Grant Spotlight: Pilgrims Hospice

Thanks to a Healthy Canadians Grant, Pilgrims Hospice in Edmonton, Alberta, is expanding their popular Adult Respite Day Program with a new initiative focused on providing care for seniors suffering from dementia.
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CMA Healthy Canadians Grants Spotlight: Global Walkers

Imagine walking around the world without ever leaving your hometown.
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CMA Healthy Canadians Grant Spotlight: Intergenerational Cooking Project

Many seniors in our communities are isolated and don’t have access to nutritious foods.
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Healthy Canadians Grant Spotlight: St. Ann’s Bay

Thanks to a Healthy Canadians Grant, a community group in rural St. Ann’s Bay, Nova Scotia, is introducing an innovative program targeting isolated seniors in the community.
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Healthy Canadians Grant Spotlight: Ocean View Continuing Care

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia rob those affected of their most precious possession — their memories. A new project funded in part by a Healthy Canadians Grant aims to improve memory recall in seniors living with these conditions by allowing them to virtually visit familiar places from their past.
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CMA Healthy Canadians Grant Spotlight: Therapy Dog Program

For many people, animals are an important part of their lives. For seniors, especially those who are socially isolated or living in nursing homes, hospitals or retirement residences, animals can provide comfort and companionship, reduce stress and promote a sense of joy and well-being.
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Seniors Are Among Canada’s Most Active Volunteers

Volunteering is a way for seniors to retain a sense of self and to continue to cultivate meaning in their lives; Canadian seniors are volunteering in record numbers.
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Elder abuse prevention is everybody’s business

Recent survey results indicate that approximately 8.2% of older adults are affected by elder abuse in Canada. However, given that only one in five incidents is disclosed to someone in a position to help, this rate is likely much higher.
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Champlain CCAC launches New Home Care Innovation Centre

The Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is launching a new Innovation Centre that will help more people stay at home longer, better support caregivers, and improve access to home health care technologies.
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For Winnipeg seniors, it was a year of change

In early 2017, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) was dealing with a situation common in cities across Canada; 78 of the city’s hospital beds were occupied by people waiting for spaces to open up in nursing homes. This is how they changed that.
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Home Share Newfoundland

Home Share Newfoundland is a program that pairs Memorial University students with residents in the community who are 50 years of age and older.
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How can Canada support informal caregivers?

A new white paper, Why Canada Needs to Better Care for Its Working Caregivers, produced by the National Institute of Ageing (NIA) at Ryerson University, examines the financial, social and personal health burdens borne by caregivers in Canada.c
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What if there is something we can do to help our seniors with dementia?

Does someone you love suffer from dementia?
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How Sercovie helps seniors “Move, Taste, Discover”

One of Quebec’s most successful and unique seniors’ community services organizations started life in 1973 as a neighbourhood initiative launched by a small group of academics and locals concerned with the quality of life of seniors in their area.
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What is technological literacy?

What is technological literacy? According to our research and Students for Seniors’ technology tutoring experience over the last three years, it is the ability, curiosity and attitude to confidently explore and discover new and existing technologies and to use them to enhance one’s lifestyle.
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Hear! Hear! Hearing Loss in Seniors a Growing Health Challenge

Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions affecting Canadians over the age of 65, and the number of older Canadians with hearing loss is growing fast.
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Fun. Laughter. Love. — Peel Region Long-Term Care Home Helps Seniors with Dementia Live Better

Imagine being trapped. Reliving your darkest moments, over and over. Being isolated. No one to talk to, to break the cycle of darkness. For most of us, it’s a terrifying thought. But for many of the hundreds of thousands of seniors living with dementia, this is the reality.
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Universal Access to Healthcare: Tackling the Unique Callenges of Canadians with Disabilities as Seniors Population Rises

The significant increase in the population of seniors means it is more important than ever to make adaptations to physical environments and transportation so that they are accessible to people with differing levels of independence and who use mobility aids such as walkers, wheelchairs, scooters and canes.
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How do we make our hospitals senior friendly?

Our hospitals were designed as acute care institutions, and not much about their focus has changed in the six decades since Canada’s health care system took shape.
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Sedentary living puts many older Canadians at risk

For all seniors, physical activity is an important part of a fall-prevention strategy. Exercise programs that promote balance training combined with strength and flexibility have been shown to be effective in significantly reducing falls and the injuries resulting from falls.
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For Seniors, Influenza can Pose a Serious Health Threat

For many Canadians, a bout of the flu is an inconvenience; perhaps even representing some downtime to be pampered by a partner and binge on Netflix for a day or two. But for Canada’s 5.9 million seniors, influenza can pose a serious health threat.
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Deep River improves services while cutting costs

While Deep River is a small community, Rogers says resources are tight and demand is high given that 23 per cent of the population is aged 65 and older. They’re only funded to provide care for 30 patients, and while they’d like to include more, they lack the staff to do so.
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Meaningful Social Connections

With social networks flourishing in the digital realm, it’s easier than ever to remain connected with family members, friends and strangers who share an interest. For Canada’s seniors, though, isolation and loneliness remain challenging issues. One program in downtown Toronto — operated by two of the city’s oldest community organizations — is working to provide relief.
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Well, my friends are gone and my hair is grey, I ache in the places where I used to play

The greying and aches are to be anticipated, and often begin to creep up on us well before the age of 65, but the loneliness can be surprising and debilitating.
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Long-term care homes shaping a new world for better days ahead

There is something happening in long-term care homes across the country: a cultural shift in the delivery of care.
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Call it a silent killer in a land of plenty

Poor nutrition is putting the lives of many Canadian seniors at risk, according to a new research report. Analysis of results from the 2008–2009 Canadian Community Health Survey – Healthy Aging indicates that close to 1 million Canadian seniors are at nutritional risk. Seniors at nutritional risk who participated in the survey were 60% more likely to die during the survey’s follow-up period and 20% more likely to be admitted to hospital than seniors not at risk.
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Memory Fitness® helps seniors rejuvenate their brain

As more Canadians are living longer, the Memory Fitness® program was created with the goal of helping older adults rejuvenate their brain and slow the memory loss or cognitive decline associated with aging, using a recreational and fun approach.
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Canadian Association on Gerontology 2018

Canadian Association on Gerontology 2018 — Making It Matter: Mobilizing Aging Research, Practice & Policy
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Researcher at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital in Montreal Working to Uncover the Secrets of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating, yet enigmatic illness that affects hundreds of thousands of Canadians and even more people worldwide. There is no cure, no way to halt its attack on the brain, and very little that can be done to predict who might acquire the disease and why
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Multidimensional Home Visit Programs: Helping Seniors Age in Place

For aging in place to be maximally effective, multidimensional preventative home-visit programs (MPHVPs) focusing on multidisciplinary assessment, diagnostics and intervention targeted to keeping seniors at home are essential.
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New national innovation hub launched to support healthy aging

The new AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub will help ensure Canadians benefit from new and emerging technologies that can support independent living and improve quality of life of older adults and caregivers.
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Cancer survival rates improve for patients between 60 and 79

When the subject is cancer, the news is seldom good. But one key positive fact that can be drawn from a new report by Cancer Care Ontario is that cancer survival has improved for people diagnosed between ages 60 and 79.
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Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry Commends the CMA

Last week, the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry (CAPHD) commended the Canadian Medical Association for our “Demand a Plan” advocacy strategy.
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Nursing Home Care: Evolving to better meet patients’ needs

There’s reason to be hopeful in the area of nursing home care today. The industry has been maturing to better meet the needs of increasingly frail seniors at the end of their lives.
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Ottawa setting up online tool to help caregivers help veterans

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr announced July 12 that Saint Elizabeth Health Care in Ottawa has been awarded a contract worth approximately $383,000 to design, develop and deliver an e-learning program for caregivers of Canadian veterans.
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Health Care Must Be a Priority in the Upcoming Federal Election

The CMA is standing behind Canadians, dedicated to advocating for the positive changes and future planning that you all want to see. You are at the heart of the CMA’s federal election advocacy. Many voices are louder than just one; we are all Health Care Advocates.
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