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The Cruelty Of Calling Older Adults ‘Sweetie’ Or ‘Honey’

This article looks at how we can sometimes use age to define people and our tendency to associate stereotypes of incompetence, debilitation, and dependency. This can lead to one of the most damaging of the discriminating behaviors of ageism — we start treating older adults like children. One of the examples they use is calling…
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The promise and pitfalls of using robots to care for the elderly

The following article discusses an ad for France’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul charity, which questions whether technology can substitute real human contact and caregiving? The ad follows a long term care resident, Claudine, throughout her day while the robot (B.E.N.) prepares her meals, provides her medications, and entertains her. The article looks at…
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Canada’s first ‘dementia village’ set to open its doors

Inspired by a Dutch housing project known as Hogewyk, which is the world’s first “dementia village”, Canada’s first dementia village project is opening in Langley this July. These dementia villages create a safe, secure environment for wandering seniors that reduce their chance of becoming confused and overwhelmed. Seniors can move around freely, visit stores, neighbors,…
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Reflecting on Our Approaches to Dementia

More and more of our residents are faced with some form of dementia. Even as the incidences of dementia are dropping (better control of vascular dementia because of better control of hypertension, cholesterol, and lower incidence of diabetes), the prevalence of the disease is rising in terms of sheer quantity (population growth, increased life expectancy,…
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After unanimous vote, Toronto council to plan for emotion-focused care in all city-run nursing homes

New strategies focused on promoting successful engagement with residents living with dementia are emerging every day. Regardless of the process or philosophy, ActivityPro continues to serve as the “go to” resource for documenting the resident experience in the Home. So whether the Home is following Eden, Montessori, Greenhouse, Validation or Butterfly methods, or other support…
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For Older Adults, Sense of Control Tied to Feeling Younger

A study published in the Journals of Gerontology: Series B found older adults feel younger when they feel that they have more control over their daily lives, reports ScienceDaily. The researchers recruited 116 older adults and 107 younger adults to fill out a daily survey for eight consecutive days, to evaluate their daily stresses, physical…
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