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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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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 »
Fluwatch: influenza 2015 STATS, admissions and deaths by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health There is still discussions around the flu shots. The issue is that the flu strains changed and mutated, and yet, it is still a good idea to get a shot at the beginn ... Read on »
PART XXXII: Follow-up with the Naturopath by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Our delightful naturopath, Dr. Jenn, was very pleased with the results of the PSA test. It's gone from a too high post-op result with a slow increase. Dr. Jen has put us on ... Read on »
PART XXXI: regular Urologist follow-up by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health At this point, we are checking in with the urologist every three months. Where has the time gone? Here is is the last week of January. Between these appointments, hubby h ... Read on »
Cancer screening for asymptomatic adults does not save lives by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health Cancer screening not all it's cracked up to be By Dr. Brian Goldman  Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine looked at the evidence o n ... Read on »
Keeping track of medications/supplements and caregiver schedules by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health There are a variety of ways to track one's meds. Either a sheet, upon which one can mark off meds, or place your records sheets in a plastic sleeve. This is what hubby wante ... Read on »
Book Review: Diagnose Yourself by Jennifer J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Aging & Senior Health At my age and stage of life, I've a few friends with chronic illnesses, as well as my hospice clients. In most cases, however, our Canadian system wo ... Read on »