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Lack of Toothbrushing

Lack of Toothbrushing Creates Risk for Seniors in Nursing Homes Poor support for dental hygiene isn’t just gross, it’s a serious public health issue Elderly people in nursing homes often go without a good toothbrushing. While it might be icky to imagine the horrible way that feels to our elders, there are consequences worse than […]

Animal cruelty

City police issue animal cruelty warrants after dozens of cats euthanized Edmonton police have issued warrants for the arrest of two women after dozens of cats had to be euthanized over serious health issues. Edmonton animal care and control peace officers found multiple cats living in “deplorable conditions” while conducting a search warrant with Edmonton […]

The Tyranny of Administrative Law

    July 31, 2017 – Published on Amazon.com   Verified Purchase This short little book (64 pages) should be required reading for all first year law students. And by their second year they should have read Professor Hamburger’s great work on this subject, Is Administrative Law Unlawful?.   Professor Hamburger is so clear in […]

Epidemic of Loneliness

Being with others cures the epidemic of loneliness.   Studies now provide a reason for siblings to stay in touch with one another and their parents as they grow older.   Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition cites a recent study from London to say research on loneliness shows it leads to potentially serious […]

Assisted suicide: There are no best practices

DOES MAKING SOMETHING LEGAL MAKE IT ETHICAL       COMMENTARY   I am an adult psychiatrist who has worked in public sector psychiatry in the US and the UK. In both countries, physicians struggle with the ethics and professional meaning of legalized or proposed physician-assisted suicide (PAS). I was recently asked by an organization […]

Family Violence Against Seniors

Police-reported Family Violence Against Seniors Abuse of seniors is defined as “a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person” (World Health Organization 2002). This type of abuse can take on many forms, including […]

Public administration and the erosion of the rule of law in the United States

Abstract The failure of public administration theorists, researchers, reformers, and practitioners to make the rule of law the foundation of U.S. public administration has contributed to an erosion of constitutionality and legality in the national administration. Prominent contemporary threats to the rule of law include standardless delegations of legislative authority to administrative agencies, the Chevron […]

Letter: Ed. Rockburne, RCMP, Sgt. Retired

Mrs. Isobel MacKenzie, B.C. Advocate for Seniors. Dear Madam, I would like to bring to your attention blatant violations of the Elderly Drivers of B.C., Ontario and Alberta Which the Governments refuse to address. This cries out for fairness, and I would appreciate your assistance for all of the seniors in B.C. A similar email […]

Sentencing in Elder Abuse Cases

Published: 05 October 2015 • Canada By Heather Campbell In Canada, there is no specific crime of “elder abuse” identified in the Criminal Code. Instead, crimes committed against older people must be prosecuted under other criminal provisions, such as failing to provide the necessaries of life (s. 215), manslaughter (s. 236), assault (s. 265), sexual […]

Canada Goes Softly Authoritarian

Wesley Smith wrote a thought provoking article that was published in the The American Spectator on October 3, 2019. The article concerns issues of freedom of speech, religion, thought and action. The article has a wider focus than euthanasia, but I will only publish his comments on euthanasia, which were well said, especially considering the […]

Nursing Home Abuse kept Hidden

Details of abuse in nursing homes kept from public Incident reports obtained by CBC News reveal previously secret allegations of physical, verbal abuse In one year, the New Brunswick government recorded more than a dozen allegations of staff physically or verbally abusing elderly residents inside nursing homes. The cases include incidents where staff members were […]

87% Accurate Alzheimer’s Test

What does an 87% accurate Alzheimer’s test mean? Not much without positive predictive value. What does it mean to say that a new test is 87% accurate? I think most journalists writing about a paper published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia could not satisfactorily answer that question – about a statistic they repeatedly quoted […]

Conservatorship (Guardianship) In The U.S. : Protection Or Exploitation?

Conservatorshipis a legal concept in the United States. A guardian or a protector is appointed by a judge to manage the financial affairs and/or daily life of another due to physical or mental limitations, or old age. A person under conservatorship is a “conservatee,” a term that can refer to an adult. Ginger Franklin was […]

Personal Directive

Personal Directive If you have a personal directive, the person or people you’ve picked to be your agent would have legal authority to make personal decisions for you. You can register your personal directive with the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) so healthcare providers can easily find your agent or agents if […]

Regenerating Brain Cells

During the late 1990s, researchers at Rockefellers University in New York City conducted studies in which marmoset monkeys were injected with a tracer chemical that could differentiate between slow-dividing mature brain cells and fast-dividing new ones. What they found was that the hippocampus (a region of the brain associated with memories, learning, and emotions) continued […]