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People don’t necessarily tell the same stories over and over again because they’re losing cognitive function, but because the stories are important, and they feel we need to know them. (Shutterstock)

Storytelling allows elders to transfer values and meaning to younger generations

Repeated storytelling from elderly relatives doesn’t necessarily always signal age or cognitive decline. It’s about conveying memories and values to a new generation.
For workers in long-term care homes, distress due to difficult working conditions is often dismissed as a part of the job description. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

5 steps for tackling Canada’s long-term care crisis: It starts with valuing the well-being of workers

The long-term care sector is currently being held together by a very vulnerable workforce, and is at risk of failing without immediate solutions.
Whether you’re 16 going on 17 or 79 going on 80, singing classics and new numbers virtually with a group brings joy. (Shutterstock)

Puttin’ on the Ritz and improving well-being with older adults through virtual music theatre

I’m happy again: A pandemic-induced move to virtual music theatre presents a paradigm shift for the genre, yet reveals surprising benefits in facilitating new access to music in community.
Missing person calls involving an individual with dementia increased by between 10 and 50 per cent across all Ontario regions over the last five years. (Shutterstock)

How to prevent missing person incidents for seniors living with dementia

With an increasing number of people living with dementia worldwide and in Canada, it’s crucial to find ways to promote community awareness and prevent people with dementia from getting lost.
Reflection Rooms are evidence-based, participatory art installations that help people express emotions about death and dying. (Shutterstock)

Reflection Room: Exploring pandemic-related grief in long-term care homes

Reflection Rooms support people making sense of experiences related to dying and death. They provide an immersive space to read stories written by others and write and share their own stories.
Older adults experiencing homelessness and housing insecurities are some of those most impacted by climate change. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Better emergency preparedness can protect older adults from climate change

Governments and organizations must listen to older adults’ experiences with extreme heat, flooding and wildfire smoke to create effective policies and programs
Frailty is a state of reduced physical function for seniors living independently in the community. It can affect endurance, balance, cognition or social engagement. (Shutterstock)

Faster diagnosis of frailty in seniors aging at home is key to helping them stay independent

Frailty — the physical limitations of seniors living in the community — needs to be assessed before it can be addressed with social and health support. Virtual assessments can speed up this process.
A worker is seen cleaning surfaces inside a long-term care home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Omitting indoor air quality from COVID-19 guidance for shelters and long-term care homes is a grave mistake

Residents of group homes and long-term care are at high risk for COVID-19. But an important aspect has been left out of Public Health Ontario’s guidance for these facilities: indoor air quality.

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