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Three things to know about Self Care

Posted Jun 1st, 2020

A Geriatrician points out that Self Care happens when we take control in 3 ways: 1. Asking for Help 2. Saying "No" 3. Practising Self Compassion

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Is it time to take your mom out of her senior's home?

Posted May 3rd, 2020

A Geriatrician reviews the pros and cons of taking a family member out of a senior's home, like an assisted living facility, during an infection pandemic.

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Talking to an Expert about the Coronavirus

Posted Mar 22nd, 2020

We talk to an expert in infectious diseases about Coronavirus, a new virus that originated in China and has spread to Canada. Social distancing and good hygiene can help to limit the spread and protect older adults and their families.

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Coronavirus - The Basics for Older Adults

Posted Mar 22nd, 2020

Coronavirus is transmitted through respiratory droplets, and causes mild symptoms in about 80% of cases, but appears to be more likely to cause serious illness or death in older adults. Avoiding contact with others and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are important strategies to get through the pandemic safely.

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Talking to a Doctor about Getting Older and Getting Stronger

Posted Jun 1st, 2020

A Geriatrician interviews a family doctor about the role of exercise and healthy eating in successful aging.

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How to Optimize your Aging Immune System

Posted May 3rd, 2020

Dr. Didyk is a medical doctor and Geriatrician. In this video, you'll hear tips about how to optimize the function of your aging immune system. There are some normal , age-related changes to the immune system, which is called "immunesenescence". Healthy lifestyle choices are the easiest way to keep the immune system in good working order.

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Should you take your mom out of her senior's home - a decision aid

Posted May 3rd, 2020

A Geriatrician presents a decision aid that has been developed and published by researchers at the University of Ottawa, to help in deciding if your parent should wait out a pandemic in their senior's home, or if moving out would be safer.

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What you need to know about your medications - are they anticholinergic?

What you need to know about your medications - are they anticholinergic?

Posted Mar 2nd, 2020

Acetylcholine is a chemical that acts as a neurotransmitter in the body. It has multiple actions, and many medications can block acetylcholine activity. A medication with this property is called "anticholinergic" . It's important to know if you are taking one or more anticholinergic medications if you are an older adult.

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The Vulnerable Brain

The Vulnerable Brain

Posted Feb 22nd, 2020

When a person's brain has undergone changes from dementia, stroke, injury, or other processes, it can be vulnerable to even seemingly minor disruptions in health, like a urinary tract infection or an extra dose of a pain pill. This video defines the "vulnerable brain" and the related concept of frailty, which is more common in older adults, and is frequently seen by the Geriatrician.

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Sex and Dementia - Sex and Seniors Part 3

Sex and Dementia - Sex and Seniors Part 3

Posted Feb 3rd, 2020

When a person develops dementia it can change sexual expression. but what doesn't change is the person's need for affection and comfort. We talk to a sex therapist about how sex can change when the brain changes, and how to create understanding and support for the person and their family.

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