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COVID-19

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Effective July 15, 2021, pregnant women should discuss their options for prenatal services with their family physician. For prenatal care, you can self-refer to Badlands Medical Clinic (587) 289-0600. As you and your baby will need a family physician after delivery, we encourage you to click on “Find a family doctor accepting new patients”. Please contact them prior to delivery to ensure that hospital records can be sent to your family doctor.     

World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. The goal is to help raise awareness and challenge the stigma that is associated with dementia.  Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms are progressive and eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. (1)

According to the Alzheimer’s Association of Canada (2):

  • Over 500,000 Canadians live with dementia.
  • There are 76,000 Canadians diagnosed with dementia each year.
  • 1/5 Canadians have cared for someone with dementia.

With these numbers being as high as they are, it is vital to raise awareness and start talking more openly about dementia.

Stigma is the use of negative labels to identify a person with a disability or illness. As a result of such negative labels, individuals with symptoms of Alzheimer’s may refrain from seeking medical treatment. This may lead to missing receiving an early diagnosis and interventions. The stigma associated with Alzheimer’s can also impact friendships, family relationships, and overall quality of life. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 5 tips to overcome this stigma.  These are:

  • be open and direct,
  • communicate the facts,
  • seek support and stay connected,
  • don’t be discouraged, and
  • become a part of the solution (3)

Working as a primary care nurse as part of a patient’s health home team, I have helped with educating patients and their loved ones, monitoring for warning signs of memory loss, and providing treatment and support options.

There are 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s that the Alzheimer’s Society lists:

  1. Memory loss that affects day to day abilities
  2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  3. Problems with language
  4. Disorientation in time and space
  5. Impaired judgment
  6. Problems with abstract thinking
  7. Misplacing things
  8. Changes in mood and behavior
  9. Changes in personality
  10. Loss of initiative (4)

Organizations like the Alzheimer Society of Canada can provide educational materials and information on support groups and services. It is equally important for a caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s to participate in a support group and share their personal experiences of coping strategies and services that in the community (5,6). We still have a long way to go to removing or decreasing the stigma linked to dementia.  46% of Canadians admit they would feel ashamed or embarrassed if they had dementia (1). Let’s start talking about dementia and ensuring support is readily available.

Sources

  1. https://alzheimer.ca/en/help-support/im-healthcare-provider/diagnosis-screening
  2. https://alzheimer.ca/en/about-dementia/what-dementia/dementia-numbers-canada
  3. https://www.alz.org/help-support/i-have-alz/overcoming-stigma
  4. https://alzheimer.ca/en/about-dementia/do-i-have-dementia/10-warning-signs-dementia
  5. https://www.alz.org/help-support/resources/care-education-resources
  6. https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia

PCN Careers

Current Palliser PCN career postings – employment with Palliser PCN.

Clinic Careers

Current clinic job postings – employment within clinics.

Seniors’ Centre Without Walls

A free phone-based seniors program for adults 55+.

Staying well during Covid

Current opportunities for patient health and wellness.

Patient resources

Resources your PCN provider may have directed you to access before/after a visit.

Health Homes (Clinics)

A list of Palliser PCN health homes (clinics), contact information, and PCN physicians and teams in those locations.