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Jennifer J. Patient Expert

San Francisco, California
I am a retired teacher and author of Living and Dying With Dignity: A daughter's journey through long-term care.  I helped my mother, who died of cancer in her home. My father, who succumbed to a brain tumour, passed away in Long-Term Care.  I have a B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed. in... Full Bio
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PART XXXIV: PSA Test & Colonoscopy results by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health I heard on CBC of a study that 1 in 7 healthcare visits are wasted when test results do not arrive. So far, we've not had that problem in 33 visits. It happened this ti ... Read on »
Food intake at end-of-life by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Love, Death and Spaghetti Why it’s so hard to accept that the dying no longer need to eat? OPINIONATOR.BLOGS.NYTIMES.COM This is an excellent ... Read on »
Time to move into the new millennium with Medical Marijuana by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health We really do. There are many ways it can help those with chronic pain. Doctors are reluctant. It's a shame. If it helps, it should be available to be used wisely. ... Read on »
Free webinars for caregivers by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health FREE Webinars for Family and Friend Caregivers -REGISTER NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!   Spring 2015   Guilt and Frustration: How Changing Your Expectations Leads to Emot ... Read on »
Seniors stuck in hospital 'wastes' $170 million a year by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Does this ever make me angry. Seniors 'wasting money,' as if they don't deserve the best care we can give them. If they cannot go home, they should be looked after properly ... Read on »
Paying a working wage and Ontario Disability Support Program by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Whether we are talking about Personal Support Workers, or the developmentally disabl Read more ed, we need to be paying a working wage. In Ontario, ... Read on »
Videos for caregivers at end-of-life by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Part 1: Introduction Part 2: The Importance of Sitting Part 3: Creating a Positive Environment Part 4: Simplifying Life Part 5: Listen More, Talk Less ... Read on »
Medical Equipment to Loan for free at Perth Civitan Club by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Ongoing projects There are lots of places where you can rent equipment, but also places where you can borrow them! Perth Civitan Club has m ... Read on »
Ottawa Hospital is monitoring noise levels by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Decibel-reading 'ears' to fight noise installed at Ottawa Hospital Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:57:18 EDT ... Read on »
Scotland: Elderly care standards 'not being met' by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Even the Scots are having trouble with senior care. BBC News Royal College of Nursing says Scottish elderly care standards 'not being met' ... Read on »
Retirement homes vs. long-term care: luxury retirement or nursing care? by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health "Vibrant Seniors Living" Rockcliffe Retirement This story shocked me. There are disparities across the various healthcare systems in our province, let alone across Canada ... Read on »
Ontario's Home Care System –what is really wrong with it? by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Yet another report. My experiences, volunteering in two different LHINs, in two different CCAC regions, with over two dozen clients, as well as family members, have g ... Read on »
How many languages do you speak? by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health I have a new respite client. He is prone to falls and for the peace of mind of his wife, I sit with him while she goes out. He is deaf, from birth, and uses sign ... Read on »
Queensway Carleton Hospital receives $1M gift for elder care by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health What an amazing gift! “This unit is designed to take our frail, elderly patients, and treat them in a very holistic manner with the intention of getting them recovered … ... Read on »
Breakthrough in understanding how cancer cells metastasize by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health This study is based on mice. It might be a breakthrough. Date: February 27, 2015 Summary A protein commonly found in human cells could be an important switch ... Read on »
Pink washing; the language of cancer by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health As I lay dying I" am dying, literally, at my home in Hollywood, of metastatic breast cancer, the only kind of breast cancer that kills. For six years I've known I ... Read on »
Measles in North America by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health CTV News There are dozens of  ‪#‎measles‬  cases in Canada, and far more in the United States. We've mapped them out: http://www.c ... Read on »
PART XXXIII: Colonoscopy by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Hubby's prostate cancer is on hold. It's not getting any worse. We are checking to see that it isn't metastasized. It will, but for now, we are leveling off with Naturopath ... Read on »
Supreme Court of Canada ruled this morning in favour of allowing physician-assisted death by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Special Notice from Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Friday, February 6, 2015 The Supreme Cou ... Read on »