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Ellen Nichols, left, and Adelia Lavigne share a laugh in the Falls Prevention Clinic’s exercise class, which helps those who have had multiple falls and are at risk of falling again. (Photo: UHN)
Ellen Nichols started dancing as soon as she could walk.
After moving to Canada at age 21, Nichols was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a complex neurological disease that can affect vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Thinking this was the end of her dancing days, Ellen gave up her passion.
"I started to lose my independence and that scared me," said Nichols, now 68. "I knew that I had to make a change."
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This summer the Toronto Rehab Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Unit staff began using the University Centre rooftop garden as part of their patients' therapy.
The unit specializes in assessing and treating people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, who are experiencing challenging behavioural symptoms, referred to as 'responsive behaviours'.
The familiarity and sense of calm brought on by gardening has made it a good activity for tackling some of the responsive behaviours that accompany dementia.
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Ontario Boosts Rehab Services For Seniors
Building With The Mind And Creating With The Heart
In Canada, over half of practicing physicians are providing generalist care in family medicine and Dr. Robert Lam believes our health system could thrive by building on this strength and optimizing our existing resources.
"Almost all medical specialties are going to be doing geriatrics," Dr. Lam says. "The key is embracing geriatrics and learning to apply it to each specialty."
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Jo-Anne Howe (left) and Nancy Salbach (right) at a TIME fitness class at Toronto's Harbourfront Community Centre. (Photo: UHN).
George Hojbota is a fitness instructor at Toronto's Harbourfront Community Centre. Four times a week, he teaches a unique fitness class. It's designed for those who live with the effects of aging or neurological conditions such as stroke, acquired brain injury and multiple sclerosis.
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