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Industry Updates

The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

January 5, 2012

Did you know that January is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month? Click here to read Canada's Minister of Health, Leona Aglukkaq's message.

Province adds beds, services for seniors and disabled

December 21, 2011
Edmonton Journal

Edmonton is among six Alberta cities and towns that will receive more than 500 additional supportive living and long-term care spaces by July 2014, the provincial government announced on Monday.

A total of 511 supportive living spaces and 30 long-term care beds will be set up in Edmonton, Calgary, Villeneuve, Strathmore, Olds and Okotoks, said Alberta Seniors Minister George Vander-Burg.

Click here to read the full article.

AHS News Release - AHS Releases Second Quarter Financial Results

December 9, 2011
Alberta Health Services - News Release

EDMONTON – Today, Alberta Health Services (AHS) released its second quarter financial results for the 2011-12 fiscal year, reflecting AHS’ commitment to transparency and accountability.

Second quarter results indicate AHS is well positioned to meet its annual budget targets.

In June, AHS approved an $11.994 billion expense budget that included priority spending in key areas, including emergency department wait times, radiation therapy wait times, growth in continuing care beds and services, and timely access to a range of surgical procedures, including cataracts, hip and knee replacements and cardiac surgery.

Click here to read the full news release, or go to http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/ to learn more.

Hospital Induced Delirium

December 07, 2011
by Roger Collier, Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)

Hospital-acquired delirium is a common and dangerous condition that often goes unnoticed and untreated, an oversight that experts in geriatric medicine say is costing the health care system untold millions of dollars.

"Delirium is often under-recognized and underdiagnosed," says Dr. Roger Wong, president of the Canadian Geriatrics Society. "Many patients, when they come to a hospital, they enter through the emergency department. That is their portal of entry. That is their first stop. The emergency room is a very busy place with a high turnover. It's not an ideal place for recognizing, let alone treating, delirium."

Please visit http://www.cmaj.ca/ for more information or click here to read the article.