Senior’s Healthcare in Alberta – Have Your Say

Do you live or work in the province of Alberta and are you:

  • an older adult (65 years of age and over),
  • a caregiver of an older adult (spouse; family member; friend; neighbour), or
  • a clinician or health/social care provider (doctor; nurse; care aides; allied health provider; pharmacist; social worker) working with older adults?

If so, the Scientific Office of Alberta’s Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network invites you to complete the following survey. By responding to the survey, you will be helping to determine the direction/priorities for future research and initiatives in the area of seniors’ health. Thanks in advance for your participation.

Hidden camera finds nursing home staff took hours to give man CPR | Toronto Star

There are some events that leave a person speechless. This is one of them.

“Reducing Emergency Transfers of Nursing Home Residents (EXACT)”

If you have not already watched this video, you may wish to take a few minutes to do so. Among other things, it will provide you with some insight into what can happen when nursing home residents are transferred to the emergency department and how these transfers and negative effects can be decreased.

“This is the saddest photo I have ever taken.”

According to Ashley Bartyik, she had recently taken her saddest picture. This picture shows her grandparents, Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk, sitting together crying. The reason for their sadness is because after living together for 62 years, they are being forced to live apart.

Whenever they get a chance to visit one another, both burst into tears.

“I just want to see them together…They’re a pillar of strength in our family.”

Wolf, 83, and Anita, 81, are in separate care facilities in Surrey, B.C., and even though the regional health authority says it’s working to reunite the couple, their families fear time is running out.

Click here to read the full article.

Seeking Your Input on the Nursing Home Legislation

Open house
Alberta Health is seeking your input on Nursing Home Legislation. Discussion topics will focus on care providers, eligibility, social and leisure activities and meal requirements. Click on the above image for more details.

Continuing Care & Community Living Expo 2016

On Thursday, April 21st, the Continuing Care & Community Living – Expo 2016 was held in Calgary. This event, sponsored by Alberta Health Services and Covenant Heath, focused on introducing individuals and their families to new initiatives, opportunities and technologies relating to independence and aging.

Below are some tweets that @aircalgary sent while attending Expo 2016.

If you were unable to attend the Continuing Care & Community Living – Expo 2016 in Calgary, you have a chance to do so on Friday, May 6th in Edmonton, Alberta. As was the case in Calgary, admission and parking are FREE. To learn more about the event, including the topics that will be addressed, click on the image below.


Behind Our Silence

“I usually visited mom on Wednesday evenings by myself, after work.  Different staff every time, still getting to know people since mom moved from ‘first available bed -100 km away’ to a facility closer to home. Mom had been there only a month.”  Read more about one family’s suggestions about how staff, physicians and leaders  in continuing care work can improve family presence practices …”  Click here to read more

Walk with Me

Walk with Me 2016 will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, on March 10-11, 2016.  The focus of this conference is to bring about a culture change in how we view aging in our society. In addition to providing ideas, practical strategies and helpful tips relating to daily life and living, participants will have the opportunity to explore and experience aging in different ways.  The conference will include “powerful keynotes, interactive concurrent sessions, panel presentations, discussion circles and creative expressions (e.g., performing arts, photography, art installations).”   Click here for further information.