Tag Archives: Baycrest

How Long is Too Long to Have to Wait for Subsidized Long Term Care?

20 Jun

According to Central Toronto CCAC, the nursing home my mother most wants to go to is still filling applications from 2003-04. Yes, that’s right. The wait time for Baycrest’s Apotex Centre Jewish Home for the Aged is TEN YEARS! Sad to say, but with all my mother’s ailments, she has a better chance of landing a spot in a cemetery than she does a bed in the place most-likely to meet her cultural and spiritual needs.

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Let’s Talk, Mental Illness

12 Feb

Today seems like a good day to talk about seniors and mental health. Bell is running a public awareness campaign  to help remove the stigma so often attached to mental illness. The conglomerate is even paying five cents every time anyone tweets with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk.  I think it’s is absolutely brilliant. Not only are people opening up about a subject that was once “hush-hush”, but every time someone tweets or talks about LetsTalk, the telecom behemoth comes off winning the corporate social responsibility crown. So on a day when so many Canadians are discussing mental health, let’s talk mental health and the elderly.

According to the Let’s Talk campaign, one in every five Canadians will suffer from a mental illness at some point in his or her life.  But the odds are even higher for those over 65.  According to Baycrest, one in four seniors residing in Canada is living with a mental health disorder. These numbers will only increase as the population ages.

To learn more about programs available through the mental health centre at Baycrest, visit http://www.baycrest.org/care-programs-61.php.

If you want to know more about Bell’s campaign, visit http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/.

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