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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)

​​​​​​​​​HOW ELLEN GOT HER GROOVE BACK AT AGE 68

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." Read more » ​


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GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY PATIENTS’ GET ‘GARDEN’ THERAPY

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​The vegetables grown in the garden were used in other programs for patients in the unit, such as a tea social and Canada Day celebration. (Photo: Geriatric Psychiatry Unit)

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. Read more » ​

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AGING IN CANADA: ALL DOCS WILL BECOME SPECIALISTS IN GERIATRICS

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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." Read more » ​

EXERCISE KEEPS STROKE, ABI, MS PATIENTS MOVING

o-Anne Howe and Nancy Salbach

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. Read more » ​


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