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Casting my vote

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Casting my vote on the tentative OMA agreement
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I have just come back from a vacation in Florida, just in time to vote on the tentative OMA agreement with the government. While on vacation I had several long walks on the beach with a famous market researcher who had just completed some research on primary care physicians in the United States...

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Gauging the Availability of Home Care Services

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Gauging the Availability of Home Care Services
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For much of the summer, medicine was the farthest thing from my mind. I was visiting my daughter and her family on the west coast, and playing with my twin grandchildren was at the top of my mind. My wife and I did take a few days to travel in southern British Columbia and visited Whistler and the Sunshine coast. The proprietor of the Bed and Breakfast we stayed in on the Sunshine coast had a mother-in-law in Vancouver who was not in great health. She complained about the difficulty in accessing home care in BC, and the limited hours available. It sounded just like Ontario.
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For much of the summer, medicine was the farthest thing from my mind. I was visiting my daughter and her family on the west coast, and playing with my twin grandchildren was at the top of my mind. My wife and I did take a few days to travel in southern British Columbia and visited Whistler and the Sunshine coast. The proprietor of the Bed and Breakfast we stayed in on the Sunshine coast had a mother-in-law in Vancouver who was not in great health. She complained about the difficulty in accessing home care in BC, and the limited hours available. It sounded just like Ontario.

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Plants are Good for the Soul Including for those Living with Dementia

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Often in a geriatric medicine practice one of the salient complaints by families is how often their loved one tells them the same thing over and over again.
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To tend to a plant, watch it grow and produce its leaves, flowers or vegetables affirms for many that there is a meaning to life, and anything that gives life meaning is a worthwhile endeavor.

Dr. Michael Gordon is currently medical program director of Palliative Care at Baycrest, co-director of their ethics program and a professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a prolific writer with his latest book Late-Stage Dementia: Promoting Comfort, Compassion, and Care and previous two books being Moments that Matter: Cases in Ethical Eldercare followed shortly on his memoir: Brooklyn Beginnings-A Geriatrician’s Odyssey. For more information log on to www.drmichaelgordon.com

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The Art of Listening Again and Again

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Often in a geriatric medicine practice one of the salient complaints by families is how often their loved one tells them the same thing over and over again.
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Often in a geriatric medicine practice one of the salient complaints by families is how often their loved one tells them the same thing over and over again.

Dr. Michael Gordon is currently medical program director of Palliative Care at Baycrest, co-director of their ethics program and a professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a prolific writer with his latest book Late-Stage Dementia: Promoting Comfort, Compassion, and Care and previous two books being Moments that Matter: Cases in Ethical Eldercare followed shortly on his memoir: Brooklyn Beginnings-A Geriatrician’s Odyssey. For more information log on to www.drmichaelgordon.com

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Three Highly Distinguished Physicians Join the Dementia Educational Resource Advisory Board

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Health Plexus.net, the leading Canadian Network of Health Education resources is pleased to announce the addition of three highly distinguished physicians to its Dementia Educational Resource advisory board.

Dr. Howard Bergman was recently appointed the position of Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, at the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Bergman was also the first Dr. Joseph Kaufmann Professor of Geriatric Medicine and is Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at McGill University. He is also Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine of the Jewish General Hospital and an investigator at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Community Studies and at the Bloomfield Centre for Research in Aging of the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Administration at the Université de Montréal and Invited Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland and the Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

In the area of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Bergman’s research interests focus on early diagnosis. He is the founder and co-director of the Jewish General Hospital/McGill University Memory Clinic and is a Past President of the Consortium of Canadian Centres for Clinical Cognitive Research (C5R). In November 2007, Dr. Bergman was asked by the Quebec government to set up and chair a task force with the mandate to propose an action plan on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders: from prevention to end of life care, including the research agenda.

Dr. Fadi Massoud is an internist-geriatrician who received his medical degree from the University of Montreal in 1992, and completed his internal medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship at the Universities of Montreal and McGill in 1997. He then did a research fellowship in cognitive impairment at the Sergievsky Center at Columbia University in New York under the supervision of Dr Richard Mayeux.

Since his return to Montreal in 2000, Dr Massoud works as staff geriatrician at the University of Montreal Health Center (CHUM) and the Montreal Institute of Geriatrics. He is associate professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Montreal. His main topics of interest are cognitive ageing and dementia. He is scientific director of the memory disorders clinic at the CHUM. He is member of the Quebec Consortium for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders, and primary investigator of the CHUM at the Consortium of Canadian Centers for Clinical Cognitive Research (C5R). He participated in the Second Canadian Conference on Antidementia Guidelines in 2004 and in the Canadian Consensus on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia in 2006.

Dr. Noel Rosen is a family physician in active practice in Toronto. Lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is also the Medical Director of the Valleyview Long Term Care facility in Toronto, as well as attending physician, Seniors' Health Centre, North York General Hospital, and active staff, and member of Department of Family and Community medicine Executive Board, North York General hospital, Toronto. In addition he is a Member, Continuing Medical Education Committee, North York General Hospital in Toronto.

About Health Plexus:
Comprised of 1000s of clinical reviews, CMEs, bio-medical illustrations and animations and other resources, all organized in the 34 condition zones, our vision is to provide physicians and allied healthcare professionals with access to credible, timely and multi-disciplinary continuing medical education from anywhere and on any media consumption device. The Dementia Educational Resource is the compilation of high quality clinical reviews, online CME programs, library of original visual aids, interviews, roundtable discussions and related conference reports.

Health Plexus.net, the leading Canadian Network of Health Education resources is pleased to announce the addition of three highly distinguished physicians to its Dementia Educational Resource advisory board.

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Special Mentors in My Life: the Path to Geriatrics and Dementia Care

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I am reading the biography of a well-known author. Like other biographies, one of the wonderful aspects of such writing is appreciating those people who have had a profound influence on the life of the person whose biography is being read...

Dr. Michael Gordon is currently medical program director of Palliative Care at Baycrest, co-director of their ethics program and a professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a prolific writer with his latest book Late-Stage Dementia: Promoting Comfort, Compassion, and Care and previous two books being Moments that Matter: Cases in Ethical Eldercare followed shortly on his memoir: Brooklyn Beginnings-A Geriatrician’s Odyssey. For more information log on to www.drmichaelgordon.com

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Being Rich, Famous or Smart: No Immunity from Dementia

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I recently saw the movie, The Iron Lady that looks at the developmental and political life of...

Dr. Michael Gordon is currently medical program director of Palliative Care at Baycrest, co-director of their ethics program and a professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a prolific writer with his latest book Late-Stage Dementia: Promoting Comfort, Compassion, and Care and previous two books being Moments that Matter: Cases in Ethical Eldercare followed shortly on his memoir: Brooklyn Beginnings-A Geriatrician’s Odyssey. For more information log on to www.drmichaelgordon.com

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Reflections on 2011

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Most year end reviews come at the end of December. At that time I was...
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Most year end reviews come at the end of December. At that time I was working full speed as an attending physician on our hospital’s general medical service and never saw the light of day. Immediately afterwards, I took over an extremely busy geriatric consult service. However, I am now back from two weeks of rest and recuperation in the sun and once again capable of stringing words together.

Most year end reviews come at the end of December. At that time I was working full speed as an attending physician on our hospital’s general medical service and never saw the light of day. Immediately afterwards, I took over an extremely busy geriatric consult service. However, I am now back from two weeks of rest and recuperation in the sun and once again capable of stringing words together.

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Dementia and the Holocaust: What to do with those memories?

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Dementia poses many difficult challenges and choices to those living with the condition...
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Dementia poses many difficult challenges and choices to those living with the condition...

Dr. Michael Gordon is currently medical program director of Palliative Care at Baycrest, co-director of their ethics program and a professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a prolific writer with his latest book Late-Stage Dementia: Promoting Comfort, Compassion, and Care and previous two books being Moments that Matter: Cases in Ethical Eldercare followed shortly on his memoir: Brooklyn Beginnings-A Geriatrician’s Odyssey. For more information log on to www.drmichaelgordon.com

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Announcing the Expansion of a Comprehensive Dementia CHE Resource

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HealthPlexus.net
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January 11th 2012


Celebrated specialist in geriatric care is to lead further expansion of the educational resource with a focus on Dementia.

HealthPlexus.net, the leading Canadian Network of Health Education resources is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Gordon as the Editor-in-Chief for the network’s Dementia Educational Resource.

As an author, ethicist, clinician and an educator, Dr. Michael Gordon is recognized as a Key Opinion Leader in the area of Geriatrics and Dementia specifically and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that he will channel towards the further development of the educational programs for our members based on the recently conducted Members’ Needs Assessments.

“Dementia is a very complex and progressive disease with health, psychosocial, economic and ethical implications for families, caregivers and the patient that we will try to cover from these various perspectives”

-Dr. Michael Gordon, the Editor-in-Chief of the Dementia Educational Resource.  Dr. Gordon is the Medical Program Director of Palliative Care at Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System

"It's clear to all that the heaviest burden rests on the shoulders of primary care and family physicians and our hope that we will be able to address their needs by offering relevant content and programs that match their interests."

-Dr. D’Arcy Little, the editorial director of HealthPlexus.net and its sister publication, the Journal of Current Clinical Care. Dr. Little is a family physician, diagnostic radiologist and medical writer. He completed fellowships in Care of the Elderly and Academic Medicine

"The rapid, almost epidemic, increase in dementia cases, resulting from our aging population, will be the major medical challenge of the 21st century, impacting our society. We aim to make the HP's Dementia educational resource a trusted source for timely and practical Continuing Medical Education and development."

- Dr. Barry J. Goldlist, senior member of the advisory board for HealthPlexus.net [Geriatrics and Dementia] and the Journal of Current Clinical Care. Dr. Goldlist is a nationally recognized geriatrician with a long standing interest in medical education and medical journalism. His geriatric practice has a focus on dementia.

The aim of the resource is to provide primary care practitioners and specialists alike with timely and practical, easy-to-access and on-demand tools in dealing with the growing number of patients who have Alzheimer’s disease and other Dementias. 

Dr. Gordon will be assembling together a working group of professionals interested in knowledge transfer. If you feel you are able to contribute intellectually to this initiative we would like to hear from you.
Please click on the following link and fill out the form to let us know your interests and the capacity in which you will be able to contribute:
Contribution to Dementia Resource


About Health Plexus:

Comprised of 1000s of clinical reviews, CMEs, bio-medical illustrations and animations and other resources, all organized in the 34 condition zones, our vision is to provide physicians and allied healthcare professionals with access to credible, timely and multi-disciplinary continuing medical education from anywhere and on any media consumption device. The Dementia Educational Resource is the compilation of high quality clinical reviews, online CME programs, library of original visual aids, interviews, roundtable discussions and related conference reports.

For more information, please email: contactus@healthplexus.net

HealthPlexus.net
For immediate release:
January 11th 2012


Celebrated specialist in geriatric care is to lead further expansion of the educational resource with a focus on Dementia.

HealthPlexus.net, the leading Canadian Network of Health Education resources is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Gordon as the Editor-in-Chief for the network’s Dementia Educational Resource.

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