Category: Digest News

The Invictus Games is just one of the many events happening in 2017 across the province in honour and celebration of the province’s 150th anniversary.

Celebrating 150 years

The province will be celebrating a huge milestone next year. Ontario150 will mark next year’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Ontario150 is a year-long celebration that will honour the past and help chart a course...

Report finds people going to the emergency department are sicker and getting older

ER wait times down, but visits up

By Graeme McNaughton/Active Senior’s Digest It’s good news and bad news for hospitals. According to a new report from Health Quality Ontario (HQO), the average wait times in the emergency room have gone down,...

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Detecting Alzheimer’s through speech

By Joel Wittnebel/Active Senior’s Digest The way someone talks can tell you a lot about them. One company believes it could even tell you whether they have Alzheimer’s disease. New technology, developed by Toronto-based...

Dipika Damerla, minister responsible for Seniors Affairs, and Kathryn McGarry, MPP (Cambridge), meet with local seniors during an art workshop.

Seniors: New programs available

Seniors can now stay active and more engaged with the community thanks to some new programming. The province of Ontario has invested in 380 provincial projects through a Community Grant program that will offer...

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Get active: Take the Summer Challenge

Ontarians are being urged to take the #SummerChallenge and get out and get active this summer. Engaging in a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to...

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Lower drug costs for low-income seniors

The Ontario Drug Benefit plan is getting some changes, which will see more than 170,000 seniors become newly eligible for the low-income seniors program. As a result, they will save, on average, about $130...

Dipika Damerla, associate minister of health and long-term care

Long-term care homes getting upgrades

More than 300 long-term care homes across the province are going to be greceiving some upgrades. The renovations will improve the quality of care and comfort of residents. Residents will benefit from enhancements including...

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Energy conservation checklist

Spring Spring is a good time to prepare your year-round plan to reduce your energy consumption. The key to a realistic energy savings program is to keep it simple to start: make a list...

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New head of health for province

He was acting as the head of health, but now it’s official. Dr. David Williams, who has been the acting chief medical officer of health for the province, was appointed to the position full-time...

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Improving Alzheimer’s support services

More money is going to be coming the Alzheimer Society’s way, thanks to the provincial government. The province will be pumping $761,500 to go toward the society’s Finding Your Way program, with the money...