seniors

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After an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, these sisters became Tiktok stars

Two women in B.C. show that you can own your dementia—one irreverent TikTok at a time
Even as Bill (with Cathrin, right) grew older, he held on to his optimism; or it held on to him (Photograph by Mary Barber)

My 94-year-old father’s relentless optimism in the face of darkness

Cathrin Bradbury comes to terms with her dad’s optimism forged by an early encounter with darkness in her new book documenting their final months together. Read an excerpt here.
Funeral home workers remove a body from the Centre d'hébergement de Sainte-Dorothée in Laval, Que., in April 2020 (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

The year of the pandemic has busted the myth that Canada values its seniors

Decades of promises to improve the quality of life of elderly Canadians have gone unfulfilled. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the ugly truth.
Ivy Metz, 86, smiles at her son Nick Metz as they visit separated by a plexiglass barrier at Lynn Valley Care Centre, in North Vancouver, on Friday, July 17, 2020. Visitors, who are screened on arrival, can now schedule to meet in a designated area with a physical barrier, however they aren't allowed to touch, hug or kiss. The seniors care home, which is now COVID-19 free, recorded Canada's first death from the virus on March 8. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Seniors deserve a life worth living during the COVID-19 pandemic

Our editorial: While physical isolation is key to the current approach to fighting COVID-19, it is also a significant causal factor in mental and physical problems among the elderly
Spalding in the hospital in June, his daughter’s reflection in the window as she takes a photo (Courtesy of Frances Spalding)

Strict COVID-19 protocols are leaving seniors lonely, depressed and wondering: Is it worth it?

The elderly and their families are being forced to choose between two extremes: complete protection from COVID or enjoying their time with people they love
A health-care worker opens a window to a room at a long-term care home as family members of the resident look on in Montreal, on Apr. 25, 2020 (Graham Hughes/CP)

Quebec’s coronavirus outbreak in long-term care homes could have been prevented

Tom Mulcair: For over a month, the Quebec government had been aware that long-term care workers were working between different residences. There is no excuse for inaction.
Resident Adeline Thrush, age 84, touches her window to acknowlege family and local residents showing up outside each afternoon to show caring and support for residents in isolation at a long term care centre in Calgary, Alberta on Apr. 2, 2020. (Larry MacDougal/CP)

Coronavirus: Where to donate and how to help Canada’s most vulnerable

From donating vital protective gear to frontline workers to offering emotional support for local seniors, there are many ways you can give and get involved
Elderly Woman Sitting On A Bed

Canada’s loneliest people

25 per cent of Canadian seniors live alone, but there lies a little-documented population within that demographic that live in acute isolation
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Editorial: The trouble with Trudeau’s promise to seniors

We’re happy with a new government that promises more of everything, even when more doesn’t make sense
Eight Men Due In Court Over Hatton Garden Jewellery Heist

The outlier to declining crime stats? The elderly.

Crime may be down among the young. But charges laid against Canadians in the 55-to-64 and 65-to-89 age groups is rising.