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Dr. Oto Cadsky maligns fellow psychiatrists

Forensic Psychiatrists dysfunctional A lawsuit against a “dysfunctional” provincial government office” has name-calling, factions and conspiracies are common in the “dysfunctional” office of more than a dozen psychiatrists who analyze criminals for the courts, an Edmonton judge has found. In a 55-page decision released Friday, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Erik Lefsrud ruled that allegations […]

Advisory Councils

ADVISORY COUNCILS People you need to read this. Sarah Hoffman has no shame. She wants residents and their families to have the right to create advisory councils to advocate for care. Many facilities already have Family Forums and other Residents Councils in operation. What is she trying to achieve? This is from someone who has […]

Elder Abuse Report

W5 nursing home investigation reveals 1,500 cases of staff-to-resident abuse in one year W5 takes a look at the epidemic of abuse at homes meant to care for the elderly and how FRONT LINE WORKERS WALK AWAY WITHOUT REPERCUSSIONS W5 reveals how ill treatment often goes underreported and how abusive workers are protected by secrecy […]


SENIORS IN TRANSITION:Exploring Pathways Across the Care continuum. Report by Canadian Institute for Health Information According to this recent report – ADMISSION TO RESIDENTIAL CARE COULD HAVE BEEN DELAYED OR AVOIDED FOR MORE THAN 1 IN 5 SENIORS. Provincial health-care systems are struggling to place Canadians in the appropriate continuing-care settings they need, potentially adding […]

More seniors remain in workforce

More U.S. seniors choosing to remain in the workforce. Employment rose not only among 65- to 69-year olds (close to a third now work), but also among those 70 to 74 (about a fifth). In the 75-plus population, the proportion still working increased to 8.4 percent from 5.4 percent. Increasingly, they are less likely to […]

Powers of Attorney Act – Too costly

Ageism to become discrimination for first time

Age will soon be included as a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Alberta Human Rights Act. An application to include age as a discriminating factor was granted at a hearing in Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench Friday after it was unopposed by the province. “We can now join the rest of Canada,” said lawyer […]

LTC untenable, Edward Redshaw

From: Dr. Edward S. Redshaw 2034-198 Street Edmonton Alberta. T6J5T7 To: Chief Administrator of a Facility Dear Madam/Sir: My name is Dr: Edward S. Redshaw. My mother-in-law, Mildred Silvera, 96 years of age with Dementia, and my brother-in-law, Bernard Silvera,77 years of age, seriously mentally and physically challenged are residents in Millwoods Shepherd’s Care Centre […]

Chaplain position removed

NDP needs to explain removal of spiritual care position Wildrose Shadow Seniors, Housing & Mental Health Minister Mark Smith and Wildrose Shadow Health Minister Tany Yao called on Health Minister Sarah Hoffman to explain the AHS decision to remove a specialized spiritual care coordinator position at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. The coordinator provided patients […]

Powers of Attorney Act Abuse

The abuse of powers by an appointed “attorney” acting as Power of Attorney is NOT CIVIL, IT IS CRIMINAL. Section 331 of the Criminal Code of Canada clearly sets out the offence: THEFT BY PERSONS HOLDING POWER OF ATTORNEY. This section is not a charging section, but what is referred to as a descriptive section. […]

Crisis in Elder Care

Elder care in Alberta remains ‘IN A STATE OF CRISIS’ Unmet pledges of new government continuing a troubling trend Stagnation in the number of long-term care beds, a continued shift to less-resourced & less regulated “supportive living” spaces, & higher levels of private for-profit delivery have left residential elder care in Alberta in a state […]

Medication-induced Dementia

Drug-induced Dementia is not Alzheimer’s Disease More than 50 conditions can cause or mimic the symptoms of dementia.” and “Alzheimer’s (can only be) distinguished from other dementias at autopsy.” — from a Harvard University Health Publication entitled “What’s Causing Your Memory Loss? It Isn’t Necessarily Alzheimer’s” All classes of psychotropic drugs have been documented to […]

Powers of Attorney Act/ Irfan Sabir

Letter sent via email – hs.ministeris@gov.ab.ca January 29, 2016 The Honourable Mr. Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services # 402 Legislature Building 10800 97 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5K 2B6 Dear Mr. Minister: Reference POWERS OF ATTORNEY ACT RSA 2000, c P-20 We, the Elder Advocates of Alberta, speak in defense of the voiceless, frail […]

Hogeway, Dementia village

THE DUTCH VILLAGE WHERE EVERYONE HAS DEMENTIA. The town of Hogeway, outside Amsterdam, is a Truman Show-style nursing home. When Yvonne van Amerongen received a phone call from her mother two decades ago, relaying that her father had died of a heart attack—sudden and painless—one of the first things she thought was, Thank God he […]

No Benefit to Cognitive Screening

  TASK FORCE FINDINGS: MD’S SHOULD SCREEN FOR COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT ONLY IF SYMPTOMATIC It’s about time someone called the screening of patients aged 65 and older for mild cognitive impairment–unless they have symptoms like memory loss–a total waste of money and time. The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) was established by the […]