Industry Updates

The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

Older adults, seniors taking opioids at higher risk of toxicity or death: report

August 31, 2018
The Canadian Press - Sheryl Ubelacker

TORONTO -- When most people think about opioid overdoses, it's typically a younger person that comes to mind. But it's often older Canadians who bear the brunt of detrimental effects related to the powerful narcotics.

In fact, about 30 per cent of all opioid-related deaths in Canada in 2017 occurred among those aged 50 and older, while adults 65-plus had the highest rates of hospitalization due to toxicity from the painkillers, says a report by the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE), released Wednesday in Ottawa.

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Fact sheets and tools from CCOHS: cannabis, impairment, and the workplace

August 27, 2018
Canadian Centre of Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS)

There are many sources of impairment such as fatigue, life stresses, use of drugs, and the consumption of alcohol. Impairment can affect behaviour and the ability to perform job tasks safely. To reduce this impact, workplaces should have appropriate mechanisms in place, provide clear guidance to all parties, and apply policies and programs fairly and consistently.

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Robots: The next frontier in seniors’ independence

August 21, 2018
Home and LongTerm Care News - Annie Atkinson

Within a few years, older Canadians could have their own affordable, mobile, intelligent robots specifically designed to help them stay healthy, independent and living at home.

Dr. Goldie Nejat, director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Toronto, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society, and Dr. François Michaud, founding director of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation (3IT) at Université de Sherbrooke, are leading a project to create assistive robots that can be used at home, as well as in hospitals, seniors’ residences and long-term care. The project is funded by AGE-WELL, Canada’s Technology and Aging Network.

The robots will help with daily tasks by prompting seniors with cognitive impairment to do everything from brushing their teeth and getting dressed, to preparing and eating meals, doing exercises and remembering to take their medications.

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Breaking the Silence 5K Walk and Run

August 14, 2018

September 15, 2018 is the fourth annual Breaking the Silence Walk and Run to raise awareness of mental health in our communities.

This 5km family-friendly walk and run event supports the work of CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health.  With liveentertainment, interpretive educational stations, activities for kids, breakfast and lunch for all participants, each year hundreds of participants walk, run and enjoy time together. 

Learn more and register on the website: www.breakingthesilenceyeg.ca/