Health

Click on the Title for each of these resources to go to the respective website:

Canadian Medical Association

"Demand A Plan" website for the Canadian Medical Association.

Online Memory Test - Baycrest Center for Geriatric Care  

Information about memory and ageing. Also, you can test your memory on this site.

Best Practices: Treatment and Rehabilitation for Seniors with Substance Use Problems - Health Canada 

List of publications and studies.
 
Home Oxygen Program - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care 

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Home Oxygen Program pays for long term oxygen therapy and related equipment and supplies for eligible Ontario residents who need them.
 

Assistive Devices Program - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care 

The objective of the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is to provide consumer centered support and funding to Ontario residents who have long-term physical disabilities and to provide access to personalized assistive devices appropriate for the individual’s basic needs.

Devices covered by the program are intended to enable people with physical disabilities to increase their independence through access to assistive devices responsive to their individual needs.
 

Go for It! A Guide to Choosing and Using Assistive Devices - Health Canada 

A thorough and useful document designed to encourage seniors to explore all the assistive devices at their disposal. It offers tips on figuring out what you need, where to obtain it and how to get financial help if you need it.
 

Dental Care for Seniors - Canadian Dental Association 

A comprehensive guide on oral health for seniors.
 

Ontario Partnership on Aging & Developmental Disabilities 

OPADD mission is to ensure that the general and special needs of persons with a developmental disability who are aging, are identified and addressed effectively. That older adults with a developmental disability have the same rights to support and services as all older Ontarians.
 

Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits - Service Canada 

The Canada Pension Plan pays a monthly benefit to people who have contributed to the Plan and who are disabled according to Canada Pension Plan legislation. It also pays monthly benefits for their dependent children. This site developed by Human Resources Development Canada explains how this program is administered.
 

Persons with Disabilities Online - Government of Canada 

This site provides access to services and information for persons with disabilities, family members, caregivers and all Canadians.
 

Tetra Society 

The purpose of Tetra is to recruit skilled volunteer engineers and technicians to create assistive devices for people with disabilities.
 

Veterans Affairs Disability Pension Program - Veterans Affairs Canada 

This site provide you with information on Disalibity Pension Benefits for Canadian Forces Clients.http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/dispen
 

Ontario’s Strategy for Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias - Ontario Seniors Secretariat 

The Alzheimer strategy is a 10-point action plan designed to better meet the needs of Ontarians with Alzheimer Disease and related dementias, as well as the needs of their caregivers and families.
 

Active Living Coalition for Older Adults 

The Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA) envisions a society where all older Canadians are leading active lifestyles thereby contributing to their physical and overall well-being.This is a comprehensive site related to all areas of health and seniors.
 

Cataract Information from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind 

Information about cataracts and treatment options from the C.N.I.B..
 

Vision Care Information - Public Health Agency Canada 

A comprehensive site about vision care for seniors.
 

Overcoming Ageism in Active Living - Active Living Coalition for Older Adults 

This report discusses the stereotypes preventing older adults from engaging in physical activity and the how they can be overcome in order to improve the health of Canadian seniors.
 

Physical activity tips for older adults (65 years and older) - Public Health Agency Canada 

Information about getting active and maintaining wellness for seniors.
 

Diabetes Project - Active Living Coalition for Older Adults 

Diabetes is a chronic disease, and is a major public health issue especially as our population ages. More than 1.5 million Canadians have diabetes and another 750,000 have the disease but are unaware of it. Non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, or type 2 diabetes, occurs usually after the age of 40 and is the most common form of the disease. Diabetes is a condition that progresses with age and can lead to cardiovascular disease and other debilitating health problems.
 

Strength Training for Older Adults - Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute 

Exercise guide for seniors.
 

Food Safety for Older Adults - Health Canada 

Information about handling, storing, and preparing food. Also, an overview of high-risk foods.

Osteoarthritis - Health Canada

Osteoarthritis is caused by the wearing down of cartilage in the joints of the body, causing varying degrees of pain, stiffness and swelling. A majority of Canadians will be affected by it by age 70. This guide has information on the prevention and coping strategies that can help seniors with the disease remain active and enjoy a good quality of life.
 

Bladder Control Issues - Health Canada

It is estimated that more than one in five senior adults in Canada experiences some type of bladder control problem, resulting in an involuntary release of urine. This condition is known as urinary incontinence. It is not a disease. It is a symptom of some other problems with the body. This is a guide that provides information about controlling and managing bladder control issues.
 

Nutrition and Healthy Eating - Health Canada    

Health Canada offers a variety of resources on nutrition and healthy eating to help seniors adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.
 

Food Safety for Older Adults - Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education    

Older adults, young children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to severe bouts of foodborne illness. As we age, our immune system weakens and our ability to fight illness is not as strong or efficient as it once was.This is a guide to make your kitchen a safer and healthier place.
 

Ontario Drug Benefit Program - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care    

If you are age 65, live in Ontario and have a valid Ontario health card, you qualify for the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program. This site is the main information site for the ODB program.
 

Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario    

Regional Geriatric Programs (RGPs) provide a comprehensive network of specialized geriatric services which assess and treat functional, medical, and psychosocial aspects of illness and disability in older adults who have multiple and complex needs. Working in collaboration with primary care physicians, community health professionals, and others RGP aims to meet the needs of seniors.
 

Reports on Long-Term Care Homes - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care    

Here you will find information about the more than 630 Long-Term Care (LTC) Homes in Ontario. All LTC Homes are funded and regulated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).

This section will help you locate LTC Homes in your area and find general information about a Home, such as the Home’s ownership and number of beds. You can also view the public version of inspection reports and any orders that may be associated with an inspection. Orders will show if the MOHLTC has found that the Home does not comply with provincial legislation that sets standards for LTC Homes. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has re-designed its inspection program to ensure that LTC Homes meet these standards.
 

About Seniors' Health Issues - Public Health Agency Canada    

Information on federal and provincial programs and services available to seniors.
 

Alzheimer Information - Alzheimer Society Canada    

Alzheimer Societies offer support, information and education in over 150 communities across Canada.
 

Canadian Alliance of Long-Term Care    

CALTC is a national organization comprised of provincial associations and long term care providers that deliver publicly-funded health care services for seniors across Canada.  CALTC members also represent care providers delivering home support services and care for younger disabled adults.
 

Canadian Home Care Association    

The CHCA defines home care as an array of services, provided in the home and community setting, that encompasses health promotion and teaching, curative intervention, end-of-life care, rehabilitation, support and maintenance, social adaptation and integration and support for the family caregiver.
 

First Nations & Inuit Health Home & Community Care - Health Canada    

Health Canada works with First Nations and Inuit communities in developing comprehensive home and community care services that respect traditional, holistic and contemporary approaches to healing and wellness.
 

Innovations in Best-Practice Models of Continuing Care for Seniors - Health Canada    

This is the final report of a three-part project to identify innovative best-practice models of continuing care for seniors. It should be of assistance to planners, practitioners, researchers and policy makers in designing programs and services that will aid seniors in achieving increased independence and a better quality of life.
 

Ontario’s Drug Plans: How much do I pay? - Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care    

Under the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Program, ODB eligible recipients may be asked to pay some portion of their eligible prescription drug product cost. Fees for people in the Trillium Drug Program (TDP) are calculated differently than the fees for other people in the ODB program.
 

Canada's Health Care System (Medicare) - Health Canada    

Canada's national health insurance program, often referred to as "Medicare", is designed to ensure that all residents have reasonable access to medically necessary hospital and physician services, on a prepaid basis. Instead of having a single national plan, we have a national program that is composed of 13 interlocking provincial and territorial health insurance plans, all of which share certain common features and basic standards of coverage. Framed by the Canada Health Act, the principles governing our health care system are symbols of the underlying Canadian values of equity and solidarity.
 

Hearing Awareness Project - Canadian Hard of Hearing Association of Canada    

CHHA is the national voice of all hard of hearing Canadians. It is a non-profit, self-help, bilingual consumer organization run by and for persons who are hard of hearing. This link contains information specific to seniors from the CHHA.
 

Ontario Community Support Association    

The Mission of the Ontario Community Support Association is to strengthen and promote home and community support as the foundation of a sustainable health care system.
 

Division of Aging and Seniors - Public Health Agency Canada    

The Division of Aging and Seniors (DAS) provides federal leadership on seniors' public health issues in order to optimize healthy aging. As such, DAS is the focal point for information and centre of expertise in the area. The Division strives to influence policy development, to expand and transfer the knowledge base, and to engage stakeholders on matters concerning healthy aging, including the prevention and control of disease and injury in older adult life.
 

Homecare Services - Canadian Red Cross    

Home support - such as meals and general assistance for seniors, medical equipment rentals and transportation - is offered, depending on the needs of a particular community, by many Red Cross branches and regions across Canada. Red Cross medical equipment loans, for example, are available through most of Canada. 
 

Victorian Order of Nurses    

VON offers more than 75 different home care, personal support, and community services to enhance each client’s quality of life by providing them with the personal assistance and support needed to make them comfortable in their own home. 
 Safe Meds for Seniors - Ontario Pharmicists' Association    

The Seniors Safe Medication Use Program has been running for three years with overwhelming success. The seminars are available in communities across Ontario and are delivered by a community pharmacist. Each seminar covers a variety of important topics for seniors relating to medication use including dangerous drug/food interactions, non-compliance with drug therapy, storage of medications, over the counter medicines, and much more.
 

Benefits and Risks of Hormone Replacement Therapy - Health Canada    

This Web page discusses the benefits and risks of combined hormone replacement therapy, and offers advice to reduce the risks.
 

C-Health - Canoe.ca    

Health magazine and information/links for seniors.
 

What is prostate cancer? - Canadian Cancer Society    

Information and resources about prostate cancer.
 

Aging and Mental Health - Canadian Mental Health Association    

Information about mental health for seniors from the CMHA.
 

Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health    

Working with partners across the country, the CCSMH is busy facilitating initiatives to enhance and promote seniors' mental health.
 

Caregiving Strategies for Older Adults with Delirium, Dementia and Depression - Registered Nurses Association of Ontario    

This guideline focuses on assisting nurses who provide care to clients with delirium, dementia and depression in the acute, long-term and community care settings. This guideline incorporates best practices related to caregiving strategies of older adult aged 65 years and older with delirium, dementia and depression.
 

Screening for Delirium, Dementia and Depression in the Older Adult - Registered Nurses Association of Ontario    

This guideline focuses on: (1) Practice recommendations: directed at the nurse to guide practice regarding assessment and screening for delirium, dementia and depression in older adults; (2) Education recommendations: directed at educational institutions and organizations in which nurses work to support its implementation; (3) Organization and policy recommendations: directed at practice settings and the environment to facilitate nurses? practice; (4) Evaluation and monitoring indicators.
 

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association    

The CHPCA is the national voice for Hospice Palliative Care in Canada. Advancing and advocating for quality end-of-life/hospice palliative care in Canada, its work includes public policy, public education and awareness. Established in 1991, its volunteer Board of Directors is composed of hospice palliative care workers and volunteers from Canadian provinces and territories as well as members-at-large.
 

Palliative Care Information - Health Canada    

Information on palliative and end-of-life care in Canada, including information on service delivery and the involvement of the federal government. You will also find links to publications that contain information on palliative and end-of-life care in Canada as well as other related resources.
 

Application Forms for Long-Term Care in Ontario - Service Ontario    

Application forms for Long-Term Care in Ontario.
 

Injury Prevention - Public Health Canada    

Various resources and links for preventing injuries and maintaining a safe living environment.
 

Adverse Reaction Database - Health Canada    

Canada's Adverse Drug Reaction Database uses date collected from 1965 to Sept. 30, 2003, and contains information from all adverse drug reaction (ADR) reports currently held in Health Canada's CADRIS database.

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