Educational Library

We’re growing a library on seniors’ health and aging for seniors and their families.

All content has been produced or selected by our experts. Check back often as we add new items.

Breast Cancer Surgical Options

The breast reconstruction program at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital offers patients two options for reconstructive surgery - immediate and delayed breast reconstruction.

Caring for the Care Giver

Today's care givers come from a variety of social contexts and situations - and care giver burnout is a real concern. 

Ease Your Worries about Getting Older

 It is important for everyone to do as much as they can to keep their brain healthy and their memory intact.

Working With Your Personal Soundtrack

Senior man listening to music dreamstime_s_47046886.jpgA unique soundtrack forms the musical backdrop to everyone’s life. Music therapists access this musical soundtrack to heal at a deeper level than traditional therapy that relies on words.

A Healthy Diet for Seniors

In this video registered dietitian and educator Liz da Silva discusses the components of a healthy diet for seniors and recommends resources for further information. Liz da Silva was a guest speaker at the September 10, 2014 session of the Dialogue on Aging Public Presentation Series in Vancouver, BC. Visit one of the following recommended sites for further information: www.healthlinkbc.ca; www.dietitians.ca; www.heartandstroke.com; www.arthritis.ca; www.diabetes.ca; www.cancer.ca; www.osteoporosis.ca.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements for Seniors

In this video Registered Dietitian and educator,  Liz da Silva,  discusses what seniors need to know about vitamin and mineral supplements:  what  supplements are recommended, and why?

An advocate for seniors in BC

Dr. Art Hister spoke with Isobel Mackenzie, BC’s new Seniors Advocate on October 1, 2014, International Day of Older Persons. Ms. Mackenzie shared her thoughts and insights since taking on the role of advocate in March 2014. Isobel is the first in Canada to assume this position, and was a featured speaker in our Dialogue on Aging fall Public Presentation Series. Read more about Isobel Mackenzie.

Top 10 Communication Strategies to Help People Living with Dementia

This information was distributed to Providence Health Care staff during the Untie the Spirit Workshop, funded through Tapestry Foundation for Health Care. Download the handout here. Copyright 2014 ‐ Eden Health Solutions.

Getting a Brain Boost

It’s never too late to start exercising. Researcher and physiotherapist Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose discusses the importance of exercise for a healthy brain, including preventing dementia. Learn about the types and amount of physical activities that help maintain brain health. 

Vision As We Age: The Art and Medicine of Seeing

Changing vision as we age has many of us sporting bifocals lenses. Dr. Katherine Paton, ophthalmologist and ocular oncologist, discusses the "noblest of the senses," and ways to recognize normal vision changes from eye disease.

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Vision As We Age: Predictable Changes and Eye Disease

Changing vision as we age has many of us sporting bifocals lenses. Dr. Katherine Paton, ophthalmologist and ocular oncologist, discusses the "noblest of the senses", and ways to recognize normal vision changes from eye disease.

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Vision As We Age: Warning Signs & Tips for Vision Health

Changing vision as we age has many of us sporting bifocals lenses. Dr. Katherine Paton, ophthalmologist and ocular oncologist, discusses the "noblest of the senses", and ways to recognize normal vision changes from eye disease.

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12 Tips for Healthier Eyes and Better Vision

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We can all expect our eyesight to change as we get older. Maintain the health of our eyes is as important as maintaining the overall health of our bodies. Here are a few important eye health tips to consider. Maintaining optimal eye health is as important as maintaining the health of our bodies. 

 

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Margaret's Story

Dr. Tony Warren shares the personal story of his wife Margaret's journey with Alzheimer's disease. Margaret Warren is a resident at the Parkview Tertiary Mental Health Unit, at Youville Residence in Vancouver, BC.

This video was produced for Tapestry Foundation for Health Care courtesy of WorkSafe BC.

Delirium Doesn't Mean Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia affect many elderly people; seniors themselves and the people who love and care for them watch warily for signs. It can be just as important, however, to watch for signs of delirium—quite a different condition, yet not as commonly recognized. A wide range of adults may develop delirium. The older people get, the more vulnerable they become to delirium under certain circumstances.

Exercise Boosts Brain Power

Senior couple running“Even seniors who have been relatively sedentary all their lives can benefit from an exercise program,” says Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, “it’s never too late to reap the benefits of activity.”Exercise means different things to different people, and to each person at different times in their life.

Traveling Safe for Seniors

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Retirement is no longer synonymous with old age, however retirees who travel should take precautions that may not have seemed so important when they were younger. Travel health insurance is essential common sense; knowing the specific health issues that may be encountered can make the difference between a happy holiday and one spoiled by preventable illness.

Don’t Fall, Live Longer

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One of the best ways for seniors to remain healthy is to avoid falling. “Falls change lives,” says Yee Ping Tse, Physiotherapy Practice Coordinator at Vancouver Coastal Health, “and they are preventable.” Yee Ping conducts seminars on fall prevention, offering advice for seniors, who are most at risk for falls.

Physical Activity and Seniors

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Why Be Active?

Physical activity plays an important role in the health, well-being and quality of life of Canadians. Health Canada encourages all Canadians to find ways to integrate physical activity into their everyday life. People who are physically active live longer, healthier lives, are more productive, and are less likely to become ill or injured.

Aging Well Includes Eating Well

woman and man having breakfastHealth is not just the absence of disease but a positive resource for everyday living. Canadian seniors aged 65 and over are living longer than ever before. They continue to participate in their communities and enjoy satisfying well-rounded lives.

DR. HISTER’S SIMPLE GUIDE TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR SENIORS

Dr. Hister brings his knowledge of the latest healthy lifestyle research to life with humour and application to daily life, such as how you can work on improving your balance while brushing your teeth!

GRIEF, LOSS AND DEMENTIA

Grief experienced by family caregivers has a significant impact on the unique emotional and psychological challenges faced on the dementia journey. This presentation features the makers of an award-winning educational DVD to support caregivers.

AS TIME GOES BY

Some of us may continue to enjoy good health and mental faculties until moments before we die; however, many of us will have medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease (1 of 11 Canadians aged 65 and over), or complications from a stroke, or a severe accident.  In these circumstances, who speaks on our behalf? Why should we take time to think about this now? With whom should we communicate our thoughts, questions, and values?  What legal documents can we complete now that will later guide our physician and health care team?

Successful Aging

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The Fountain of Youth may be a myth, but modern research shows that successful aging is a distinct possibility. “Some people are young at 90; others are old at 65,” says geriatrician Dr. Larry Dian, “attitude can make quite a difference.”

We’re growing a resource library for professionals working in elder care and geriatric medicine.

This is a living, growing library, as we keep adding new items and topics. It includes content from previous geriatric services conferences and workshops, as well as multi-media items selected by our experts.

Breast Cancer Surgical Options

The breast reconstruction program at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital offers patients two options for reconstructive surgery - immediate and delayed breast reconstruction.

2016 Geriatric Services Conference - Video Highlights

Browse through videos of presentations from our 13th Annual Geriatric Services Conference on April 29, 2016, Shaping the Future

2015 Geriatric Services Conference - Video Highlights

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Browse through videos of presentations from our 12th Annual Geriatric Services Conference on April 17, 2015, Beacons of Hope: Past, Present and Future

Working With Your Personal Soundtrack

Senior man listening to music dreamstime_s_47046886.jpgA unique soundtrack forms the musical backdrop to everyone’s life. Music therapists access this musical soundtrack to heal at a deeper level than traditional therapy that relies on words.

Cognitive Research Update 2014

Much progress has been made in the early detection of risks towards cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease using biomarkers. Clinical trials are now under way to modify those risks. Dr. Serge Gauthier, Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Unit, McGill Centre for Studies in  Aging, explores how knowledge about such risks raises clinical and ethical issues. 

Reflections on Substitute Decision-making for End of Life Care

The following three videos are from a panel discussion on substitute  decision-making for end of life care. They include Dr. Nuala Kenny, ethical perspective; Dr. Romayne Gallagher, clinical perspective; and Gerrit Clements, legal perspective. The discussion was moderated by journalist Peter McKnight.
 

Respect Your Elders: Ethical Imperatives and Practical Challenges

The aging of Canadian society presents unique challenges and opportunities in meeting the physical, emotional, spiritual, social and psychological needs of the elderly.  The challenges are heightened in times of competition for common resources.  Dr. Nuala Kenny,  medical ethicist,   explores ethical issues  in the  following two videos , from the opening address of the 2014 Geriatric services conference.

Exercise: A Promising Strategy for Maintaining Brain Health

Dr.  Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Canada Research Chair, Dept. of Physical Therapy , UBC,   discusses  the current understanding of the relationship between physical activity and brain health and  why  exercise may be the best strategy for dementia prevention. This video is from a plenary address at the 2014 Geriatric Services Conference. 

This video was produced for Tapestry Foundation for Health Care courtesy of WorkSafe BC.

Improving BC's Care for Persons with Dementia in Emergency Departments and Acute Care Hospitals

In the following two videos, Dr. Martha Donnelly's highlights the report she co-authored,  Improving BC's Care for Persons with Dementia in Emergency Departments and Acute Care Hospitals.  She summarizes suggestions from the literature, caregivers and health care professionals. The full report is available here.

 

Person-Centered Care: A Team Approach

Geriatric psychiatrist, Dr. Elisabeth Drance shares her perspective on important relationships between staff, family and individuals with dementia. This video highlights the team approach at the Parksview Tertiary Mental Health Unit at Youville Residence in Vancouver, BC. 

This video was produced for Tapestry Foundation for Health Care courtesy of WorkSafe BC.

The Keys to Successful Aging

Dr. Larry Dian, Department of Geriatric Medicine at UBC, summarizes the latest research and offers insight into the process of aging. The video includes highights from the 2013 Geriatric Services Conference. 

This video was produced for Tapestry Foundation for Health Care courtesy of WorkSafe BC.

Sunshiners: Towards a Gentler Care of Frailty

Dr. John Sloan, Department of Family Practice at UBC,  talks about "sunshiners" and explains his philosophy of care for frail seniors living at home. The video includes highlights from the 2013 Geriatrics Services Conference.

This video was produced for Tapestry Foundation for Health Care courtesy of WorkSafe BC.

Geriatric Psychiatry Manual

Copies of the third edition of this manual are available through for purchase through Tapestry Foundation.  Geriatric Psychiatry Order Form

SPIRITUALITY AND DEMENTIA

If after watching this video, you are interested in learning more, please see Bibliography Spirituality and Dementia Amdam April 2012.pdf for a list of suggested books and journal articles which may be helpful.

DEMENTIA AND PALLIATIVE CARE

Older adults with dementia have special needs at the end-of- life. How do we as health care professionals approach palliative care for this unique population and their families? Dr. Romayne Gallagher, a leader in palliative medicine from Providence Health Care, shares her insights in these video excerpts from a recent keynote speech.