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An Alzheimer's patient

by Julia Dima

It can start with forgetting where you parked your car at the shopping mall. Then it progresses to forgetting where you are, or what a shopping mall is. Dementia is an aggressive disease, and has no cure.

 

In 2012, 4,124 new cases were diagnosed in Saskatchewan, according to the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan. In 25 years, the number of new cases is expected to double. While the disease is on the rise globally, up 17 per cent from 2009, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International, Saskatchewan is seeing a significant rise because of a large senior population. In the 2011 Saskatchewan census, citizens 65 and older made up 15 per cent of the total population, a growth rate of 3 per cent since the 2006 census.

 

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Bill Horbach

by Kristen McEwen

Following the tragic fire that left 27 dead in a seniors’ care home in L’Isle Verte, the topic of care home safety is front and centre.

The 52 unit seniors’ residence was only partially equipped with fire sprinklers. The cause of the fire has yet to be discovered.

Regulations in Quebec do not require private care homes to be installed with sprinklers where some residents are mobile.

Administrators of similar sized care homes in Regina say they are prepared should fire break out.

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by Penny Smoke

Danita Wahpoosewyan remembers the day the Public Health Nurse came to her door. 

 

“Your name came up as being in contact with someone who has HIV/AIDS," Wahpoosewyan recalls the nurse telling her.

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Lauren Goloskyby Lauren Golosky

For those in Saskatchewan wanting to gain basic education, get in line.

In the past year, 9,474 students accessed 7,580 rotating spots in Adult Basic Education (ABE). But that was still not enough to meet demand.

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