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Experts in the Field

DemandAPlan is pleased to launch its Experts in the Field series. With this series we plan to connect you with experts who are leading positive change for seniors across Canada. Their views are progressive and they have ideas to increase efficiency and decrease cost in the health care system.

Hear! Hear! Hearing loss in seniors a growing health care challenge

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by Leslie Holden, a licensed and certified hearing instrument practitioner in Manitoba and president of the Canadian Hearing Instrument Practitioners Society (CHIPS) ---

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.

The public perception is that hearing loss is a relatively inconsequential part of aging, but if it is left untreated it can be serious and can negatively impact your quality of life. Because of the communication difficulties it creates, hearing loss can lead to social withdrawal or isolation and even depression. Your family, friends and colleagues may think you are confused, uninterested or difficult, when the problem may simply be your hearing.

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May is National Vision Health Month

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By Dr. Barry Thienes ---

May is National Vision Health Month, which provides a good opportunity to focus (pardon the pun!) on eye health. And while we should take this opportunity to celebrate good eye health, it’s important to also talk about eye disease. 

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Elder abuse prevention is everybody’s business

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By Raeann Rideout, CNPEA Co-Chair ---

Recent survey results indicate that approximately 8.2% of older adults are affected by elder abuse in Canada1. However, given that only one in five incidents is disclosed to someone in a position to help, this rate is likely much higher. This discrepancy highlights the need to increase awareness of this issue and to make more resources available to help.

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Intergenerational connections are part of the answer

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In 21st century Canada, the fact that seniors now outnumber youth under 15 presents new challenges and pressures, but also new opportunities. With many of us living 25 years longer than our grandparents — active, healthy years — we need to re-think and expand the roles for post-retirement adults in our communities. We need to modify our programs, priorities and institutions — not only to provide services for seniors, but also to harness the huge potential they have to offer. In their search for meaning, engagement, opportunities to share expertise or to give back, seniors have a great deal to contribute. The challenge is to create the settings to make it happen.

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Bringing Clarity to the World of Specialist Eye Care: Your Ophthalmologist

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Vision health, like the rest of your health, involves regular maintenance in the form of eye exams from an eye health professional as well as good general health care. After age 65, good eye health care is even more important to maintaining your good quality of life, in particular for activities that require good vision, like driving. 

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Putting people at the centre of our health care system

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Putting people at the centre of our health care system
By: Dr. Paul Holyoke, Director, Saint Elizabeth Research Centre (Markham, Ontario) -------------

Canadians want more customization and a bigger say in their health care. As the philosophy and practice of person and family centred care gains ground the world over, including here in Canada, there is growing evidence that it can contribute to better quality of care; higher patient, family and provider satisfaction; better health outcomes and increased family involvement.  

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Accessing Oral Health Care Can be Difficult

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Oral health and health care occupy an unfortunately unique place in Canada’s health care landscape. Research has shown that there are associations between gum disease and conditions such as diabetes, aspiration pneumonia and cardiovascular disease. Yet, the mouth does not get the attention it deserves in terms of both educating health care providers and by not being included in Canada’s national health insurance program. Of the limited investments made by governments in oral health care, most are targeted towards low-income children and those on social assistance. Accessing oral health care can therefore be difficult, as it often depends on whether an individual has employment-based insurance or can afford to pay out-of-pocket. 

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Better Seniors’ Care means better care for Canadians of all ages

Molnar.picture.jpgThe Canadian Medical Association’s 16th National Report Card on the Health Care System in Canada, based on an online survey of Canadian adults, lists ‘expanded / improved care for seniors’ as one of the top requirements to ensure the health care system meets the future needs of Canadians. The National Report Card goes on to list ‘a Strategy for Seniors Health’ as the #1 item requiring designated funding in the new Federal Health Accord.

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Nursing Home Care: Evolving to better meet patients’ needs

Dr._explaining_Rx_to_older_patient.jpgThere’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, which is important as 30 per cent of seniors aged 85 or older reside in a nursing home in Canada. As a sector of care, even though it’s shrinking proportionately to other care models such as home care and supportive living, it remains the mainstay for individuals with complex care needs often associated with dementia.  

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Time to Start a Reflection to Stop Senior Abuse

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By the Réseau FADOQ

It can be difficult for a senior person to recognize they are being abused when the perpetrator is a relative. It is equally difficult to admit you’ve been the victim of a phone scam—no one wants to look stupid. And let’s not forget the possible fear of reprisal for reporting mistreatment.

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