Health Care Links

These Healthcare links were carefully selected by our health care staff at AgeComfort.org

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Alzheimer's & DementiaClick to expand this section

Alzheimer Society of Ontario | Since 1983, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for Ontarians living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and advancing the search for the cause and cure.

Alzheimer's Association | The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Alzheimer's Foundation of Caregiving in Canada | Their mission is ”to provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families—through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life.”

Alzheimer's Society of Canada | The Alzheimer Society of Canada is the leading not-for-profit health organization working nationwide to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and advance the search for the cause and cure.

Ashby Memory Method | The Ashby Memory Method is an evidence based dementia intervention program that has been developed to target care professionals and provide support and services to people and their families living with dementia

In Case of Emergency e-fillable Sheet from Toronto EMS | This new e-fillable and downloadable sheet from Toronto EMS can help save lives. Always have it handy in case of emergency so a loved one or elder is not in danger when an accident happens.

US Governement Research on Alzheimer's | A large resource of information compiled by the US Goverment focused specifically on Alzhiemer’s

ArthritisClick to expand this section

Arthritis Foundation of America | The Arthritis Foundation’s mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

Arthritis Research Foundation | The Arthritis Research Foundation is one of the four foundations at University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, with offices at Toronto General Hospital.

Arthritis.com | Helpful information about Arthritis

Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance | Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance (CAPA) is a grass-root, patient-driven, independent, national advocacy organization with members across Canada and supporters both Canadian and International.

Inside RA – Education and Motivation for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis | insideRA is a national disease education program that offers Canadians with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) the opportunity to connect with the facts, the experts and other RA sufferers.

Joints in Motion | Fundraising and community involvement for Arthritis

The Arthritis Society of Canada | The Arthritis Society provides leadership and funding for research, advocacy and solutions to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by arthritis

The Canadian Arthritis Network | The Canadian Arthritis Network is a research network aimed to create, translate and transfer arthritis research to produce benefits to people with arthritis, their families and Canadian society.

Walk to Fight Arthritis | Offical page for the Walk to Fight Arthritis

Associations Focused on SeniorsClick to expand this section

Advocacy Centre for the Elderly | The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly is a community based legal clinic for low income senior citizens.

Alzheimer Society of Ontario | Since 1983, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for Ontarians living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and advancing the search for the cause and cure.

Canadian Pensioners Concerned | Canadian Pensioners Concerned founded in 1969 in Ontario, is a provincial and national membership-based, non-partisan, voluntary organization of mature Canadians committed to preserving and enhancing a human-centred vision of life.

Canadian Snowbird Association | The CSA is Canada’s official association dedicated to defending and improving the rights and privileges of all Canadian travellers.

CARP – A New Vision of Aging for Canada | CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to a ‘New Vision of Aging for Canada’ promoting social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination.

Concerned Friends of Ontario Citizens in Care Facilities | Founded in 1980, Concerned Friends of Ontario Citizens in Care Facilities is a non-profit corporation and registered charity dedicated to reform of the long-term care system and improvement of quality of life for residents.

Elder Abuse Awareness | Link to 3 steps to help combat Edlerly Abuse

Fédération des Aînés et des retraités Francophones de l'Ontario | La mission de la Fédération des aînés et des retraités francophones de l’Ontario (FAFO) est de promouvoir la qualité de vie des francophones et francophiles ontariens de plus de 50 ans dans leur quotidien et dans leurs relations avec les différents palier

OACAO – Older Adults Association of Ontario | The Voice of Older Adults in Ontario

OCSCO – Ontatio Society of Senior Citizen's Organizations | OCSCO is a provincial organization and a registered charity. Founded in 1986, our mission is to improve the quality of life for Ontario’s seniors through offering education programs, policy and research, information, referral, counseling, research materia

Older Women's Network | A Voice for Mid-Life and Older Women Learning and Working Together – The Older Women’s Network is a non-profit, non-governmental voluntary organization started by a group of women in 1986.

Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors | OANHSS is the provincial association representing not-for-profit providers of long term care, services and housing for seniors

Ontario Community Support Association | The Ontario Community Support Association represents the Home and Community Support sector in Ontario. OCSA Members are community-based, not-for-profit organizations that provide a wide variety of services to help people live at home.

Ontario Gerontology Association | The OGA is committed to working with all stakeholders to improve the quality of life for older adults by advancing the teaching, learning and practice of gerontology in the province.

Ontario Long-Term Care Association | Ontario Long-Term Care Association

Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse | The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA) is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness about the abuse and neglect of older adults

Ontario Retirement Communities Association | Established in 1977, the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) is a non-profit, voluntary professional association that represents more than 420 retirement residences province-wide. ORCA represents approximately 80% of Ontario’s 43,380 retirem

Quarter Century Club | The QCC is a not-for-profit corporation, which serves over 80,000 long-term employees and retirees of Ontario’s public service sector

Seniors Association of Kington, Ont | The Seniors Association was created over 35 years ago to enhance the quality of life for seniors throughout our community. Our 5000 plus members participate in numerous programs at The Centre, the former Portsmouth School. Also, various services are provi

What Every Older Canadian Should Know About: | Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum

CancerClick to expand this section

Bladder Cancer Canada | Bladder Cancer Canada is a national charity organized to help bladder cancer patients and their support teams address day-to-day issues of this disease, increase awareness of bladder cancer among the general public and medical community and fund research,

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation | The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is Canada’s leading community-driven breast cancer charity dedicated to funding relevant and innovative research and supporting and advocating for the breast cancer community

Canadian Cancer Society | The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.

Canadian Cancer Statistics 2012 | Official Stats from the Public Health Agency of Canada

Canadian Partnership Against Canacer | The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is an independent organization funded by the federal government to accelerate action on cancer control for all Canadians. The Partnership works with cancer experts, charitable organizations, governments, cancer agen

Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation | The Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation is dedicated to the elimination of skin cancers through education, awareness, advocacy and research.

Cancer Trials Canada | Website designed to help you find Cancer trials in Canada

Cancer View Canada | Connecting Canadians to Quality Cancer Resources

Colon Cancer Canada | Colon Cancer Canada is a national organization dedicated to saving lives through increasing public awareness of colorectal cancer and access to screening, funding research initiatives, and providing colorectal cancer patient support.

Kidney Cancer Canada | Kidney Cancer Canada was founded by patients… for patients, and we are the first and only Canadian charitable, patient-led, support and advocacy organization for kidney cancer.

Lung Cancer Canada | Lung Cancer Canada is a national charitable organization, which aims to increase awareness for lung cancer, support patients and the individuals who care for them, and provide educational resources to patients, family members, healthcare professionals and

Mesothelioma Life Expectancy Guide | Mesothelioma Guide was founded with over a decade of experience serving the mesothelioma community and a commitment to creating a better environment for patients and family members.

Movember Canada | Official website for Movember in Canada

Ovarian Cancer Canada | Ovarian Cancer Canada is a registered Canadian charitable organization whose mission is to overcome ovarian cancer

Pancreatic Cancer Canada | Pancreatic Cancer Canada is committed to improving pancreatic cancer survival and creating hope through awareness, education, patient support and research.

Pleural Mesothelioma Center | Pleural mesothelioma is the most common of four types of malignant mesothelioma accounting for about 75 percent of all cases of the disease. All four types share one similar trait: they are rare and aggressive forms of cancer.

Prostate Cancer Canada | Prostate Cancer Canada is the only national foundation dedicated to the elimination of the disease through research, education, and support.

Relay for Life | Relay For Life is an inspirational, non-competitive, 12-hour overnight fundraising event that brings you and your community together to celebrate life and fight cancer. Relay has a festival-like atmosphere that your family, friends and co-workers can enjo

Testicular Cancer Canada | We’re committed to raising awareness about testicular cancer while supporting those affected by the disease. We equip men with the tools they need to identify testicular cancer early so they can avoid painful, lengthy treatment and life-altering complicat

Thyroid Cancer Canada | Official website for Thyroid Cancer in Canada

Young Adult Cancer Canada | To build a community of young adults diagnosed with cancer that provides information, support, skills and opportunity.

Cardiovascular DiseaseClick to expand this section

A Guide to a Healthy Heart | The heart is one of the most critical, and hardest working, parts of the human body. It is a muscle that is part of the cardiovascular system and it is the size of a fist. While it has been romanticized by poets, writers, and lovers, the heart has a basic

Canadian Adult Congenital Heart Network | The CACH Network was created to pool the knowledge and experience of congenital heart disease professionals in Canada to help strengthen their skills and knowledge of the discipline, and to create a community of individuals committed to caring for adults

Canadian Cardiovascular Society | The CCS is the national voice for cardiovascular physicians and scientists.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada | The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact

In Case of Emergency e-fillable Sheet from Toronto EMS | This new e-fillable and downloadable sheet from Toronto EMS can help save lives. Always have it handy in case of emergency so a loved one or elder is not in danger when an accident happens.

Public Health Agency info from Health Canada | Information from Health Canada on Cardiovascular Disease

WHO – Cardiovascular Disease info | Information from the World Health Organization about Cardiovascular Disease

Caregiver LinksClick to expand this section

Alzheimer's Foundation of Caregiving in Canada | Their mission is ”to provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families—through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life.”

Canadian Caregivers | Canadian Caregivers is a full-service family placement agency for domestic and foreign nannies and caregivers.

Caregiving Matters | Education and support for family caregivers dealing with the poor health and / or death of a parent or family member.

Finding Caregivers | Caregivers.ca is an employment agency that uses cutting edge video resume system to connect employers with hardworking and reliable workers

GL Care | At GL homecare we specialize in elderly care. We provide premier senior care to Zoomers and Baby Boomers that choose to stay at home instead of moving.

Goverment Assistance for Caregivers | As a caregiver, you may be eligible for various forms of assistance from the Government of Canada. Service Canada offers the following information to help you prepare for this role.

Hair Cuts on Wheels | Hair Cuts on Wheels is a Mobile Haircutting Service speically for Seniors

Immigration info for Caregivers | Immigration information for live in Caregivers

In Case of Emergency e-fillable Sheet from Toronto EMS | This new e-fillable and downloadable sheet from Toronto EMS can help save lives. Always have it handy in case of emergency so a loved one or elder is not in danger when an accident happens.

Ontario Long-Term Care Association | Ontario Long-Term Care Association

Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse | The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA) is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness about the abuse and neglect of older adults

Permanent Residence for Caregivers | In-Canada Application for Permanent Residence (Live-in Caregivers)

Premier Home Care | Premier Homecare Services was founded in November 2003. With a strong commitment to community based resources and education, and most especially a commitment to PREMIER customer service, Premier Homecare Services quickly became known as a professional and

The Canadian Caregiving Coalition | The Canadian Caregiver Coalition is the national voice for the needs and interests of family caregivers

The Care Guide | The Care Guide is a print magazine and an on-line site that helps caregivers stay connected through useful resources.

What Every Older Canadian Should Know About: | Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum

What to do following a death | If a loved one dies, these steps provided by Service Canada are extremley important

DepressionClick to expand this section

Baycrest – Depression and the Elderly | A formal document from Baycrest Health

Canadian Physcological Association on Depression | (PDF DOCUMENT) – “Psychology Works” Fact Sheet: Depression Among Seniors

CCSMH National Guidlines | (PDF Document) Very Informative Case Based Study on Depression and the Elderly

Depression Checklist | Informative checklist from DepressionHurts.ca

Depression in Seniors | From NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Depression in the Elderly | From HelpGuide.org, in collaboration with Harvard Medical School. A wealth of inforamtion on Depression in the Elderly

FAQ's about Seniors and Depression | From Mood Disorders of Ontario

Tools for Caregivers when dealing with Depression | From the Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health

DiabetesClick to expand this section

Banting and Best Disease Centre | As Canada’s leading centre of excellence for innovation in diabetes research, education, and clinical care, we will tangibly impact diabetes prevention and outcomes in Canada and globally.

Canadian Diabetes Association | The Canadian Diabetes Association

Canadian Task Force on Preventitve Health | Info on Type 2 Diabetes Screening

Diabetes and Kidney Disease | The Kidney Foundation of Canada is people working together for a common cause. We are volunteers, individuals living with kidney disease, donors, and staff members — from all walks of life, all across Canada.

Diabetes info from Province of Ontario | Public Information on Diabetes from Province of Ontario

Diabetes Quebec | Complete inforamtion on Diabetes from the Province of Quebec

Eating Right – Diabetes Prevention | Information on meal planning from Eat Right Ontario

In Case of Emergency e-fillable Sheet from Toronto EMS | This new e-fillable and downloadable sheet from Toronto EMS can help save lives. Always have it handy in case of emergency so a loved one or elder is not in danger when an accident happens.

JDFR – Curing Type 1 Diabetes | For over 40 years, JDRF has been a global leader in the search for an end to type 1 diabetes (T1D), through both research funding and advocacy. During that time, we have always talked about a cure as a singular destination: a return to normal physiology.

National Aboriginals Association of Diabetes | NADA is a not-for-profit members-led organization established in 1995 as a result of the rising rates of diabetes in Aboriginal communities.

Public Health Agency of Canada on Diabetes | Information from the Public Health Angency of Canada on Diabetes

Falls and InjuriesClick to expand this section

Canadian Red Cross | The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

Fall Prevention from BC Ministry of Health | Partners and Initiatives: Seniors’ Fall Prevention

Falls and Realted Injuries among Older Canadians | (PDF DOCUMENT) – Practices on Fall Prevention

In Case of Emergency e-fillable Sheet from Toronto EMS | This new e-fillable and downloadable sheet from Toronto EMS can help save lives. Always have it handy in case of emergency so a loved one or elder is not in danger when an accident happens.

Manitoba Fall Prevention Information | Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury hospitalization for all Canadians and the leading cause of injury hospitalization for Manitobans (including intentional injuries).

Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre | The Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre (OIPRC), operated by Parachute, is a resource centre of Public Health Ontario in the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Department.

The Facts: Seniors and Injury in Canada | Information on Falls & Injuries from Public Health Agency of Canada

GovernmentClick to expand this section

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) | Provides information for Canadian Seniors on income programs, income tax and financial credits.

Immigration info for Caregivers | Immigration information for live in Caregivers

In Case of Emergency e-fillable Sheet from Toronto EMS | This new e-fillable and downloadable sheet from Toronto EMS can help save lives. Always have it handy in case of emergency so a loved one or elder is not in danger when an accident happens.

Permanent Residence for Caregivers | In-Canada Application for Permanent Residence (Live-in Caregivers)

Public Health Agency of Canada: Aging & Seniors | Provides information on issues related to seniors and aging in Canada.

Quarter Century Club | The QCC is a not-for-profit corporation, which serves over 80,000 long-term employees and retirees of Ontario’s public service sector

Government Funding for SeniorsClick to expand this section

Canada Pension Plan Retirement Pension | The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Retirement Pension provides a monthly taxable benefit to retired contributors.

Canadian Government Annuities | The Canadian Government Annuities Branch administers contracts on behalf of individuals who have contributed towards the purchase of an annuity either on their own or through their employers as part of a pension plan.

Canadian Retirement Income Calculator | If you reside in Canada and have lived in Canada for 40 years after age 18, you can now calculate what happens if you choose to delay your OAS Pension

CPP/OAS Frequently Asked Questions for Pensioners Residing Abroad | CPP/OAS Frequently Asked Questions for Pensioners Residing Abroad provided by Fedral Governement of Canada

Elder Abuse Awareness Funding | Elder Abuse Awareness Funding provides contribution funding to help non-profit organizations develop national, provincial/territorial, or regional awareness activities for seniors, their families, and service providers in order to help prevent the abuse o

Funding: New Horizons for Seniors | Organizations that want to help seniors make a difference in the lives of others, and in their communities, are eligible to receive federal grants and contributions funding.

Guaranteed Income Supplement | The Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) provides a monthly non-taxable benefit to low-income Old Age Security (OAS) recipients living in Canada.

Income Assistance – For Seniors | Several links to general Income Assistance for Seniors

Old Age Security and the Canada Pension Plan Document | (PDF DOCUMENT) Excellent document to CPP and overall information on old age security

Old Age Security Pension | The Old Age Security (OAS) Pension is a monthly benefit available to most Canadians 65 years of age who meet the Canadian legal status and residence requirements. You must apply to receive benefits.

Receiving a reduced CPP retirement pension before age 65 | Details on receiving a reduced CPP retirement pension before age 65

Retirement Planning Checklist | Retirement Planning Checklist provided by Fedral Governement of Canada

Senior Housing and Support – British Columbia | Launched in 2004, the Seniors’ Housing and Support Initiative (SHSI) was created through a one-time $2 million grant from the (now) Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development to assist local governments to prepare for an aging population.

Seniors Assistance for Nova Scotia | This program provides assistance to senior citizens (people at least 65 years of age) who wish to remain in their own homes but who cannot afford to carry out necessary repairs. Funding is provided jointly by the Government of Canada (50%) and the Provinc

Seniors Services & Assistance in British Columbia | Excellent links to important topics for funding and assistance in BC

Hearing ImpairmentClick to expand this section

Assisstive Listening Devices | Wide selection of Assistive devices such as Big Button Phones, Amplified phones, Sound amplifiers and more

Canadian Association of the Deaf | The CAD provides consultation and information on Deaf needs and interests to the public, business, media, educators, governments and others. We conduct research and collect data regarding Deaf issues; issue reports on these studies; and provide expertise

Canadian Hard of Hearing Assocition | The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is a consumer-based organization formed by and for hard of hearing Canadians. CHHA works cooperatively with professionals, service providers and government bodies, and provides information about hard of hear

Canadian Hearing Aid Subsidies | Comprehensive guide on obtaining financial assistance in Canada (PDF DOCUMENT)

Canadian Hearing Society | Founded in 1940, CHS is a not-for-profit agency and the leading provider of services, products, and information that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health, and promote equity for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and h

Consumer Guide to Hearing Loss | Consumer Guide to hearing loss from Canadian Hearing Instrument Practitioers Society in Canada (PDF DOCUMENT)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Society | Deaf and Hard of Hearing Society (DHHS) is a registered charity that supports the Deaf and hard of hearing communities in Alberta. We provide programs, classes, equipment and services to address the needs of children, adults and their families affected by

Hearing Awareness Project | Hearing Awareness Project from the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association

Hearing Loss & Seniors – Why it excelerates | From John Hopkins Medicine – Why the rapid inrease in Seniors?

Heart & StrokeClick to expand this section

A Guide to a Healthy Heart | The heart is one of the most critical, and hardest working, parts of the human body. It is a muscle that is part of the cardiovascular system and it is the size of a fist. While it has been romanticized by poets, writers, and lovers, the heart has a basic

Centre for Stroke Recovery Canada | The CSR is a unique, multi-site research institute dedicated solely to innovative research into ways to promote faster, more complete stroke recovery.

CPR Makes you undead | Information, training and more on CPR and how it saves lives

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada | The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact

In Case of Emergency e-fillable Sheet from Toronto EMS | This new e-fillable and downloadable sheet from Toronto EMS can help save lives. Always have it handy in case of emergency so a loved one or elder is not in danger when an accident happens.

The Heart Truth | Foundation focused on providing help and information primarlity to Women in the area of heart and store.

Parkinson's DiseaseClick to expand this section

Canadian Guidlines of Parkinsons | The Guidelines are intended for a broad range of health professionals including: family physicians, neurologists, nurses, movement disorders specialists, allied health professionals (e.g. occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech language patholog

In Case of Emergency e-fillable Sheet from Toronto EMS | This new e-fillable and downloadable sheet from Toronto EMS can help save lives. Always have it handy in case of emergency so a loved one or elder is not in danger when an accident happens.

Parkinson Society Canada | Parkinson Society Canada is the national voice of Canadians living with Parkinson’s, a neurodegenerative disease. Through 10 regional partners and 240 chapters and support groups, they provide education, support, and advocacy on behalf of over 100,000 Can

Parkinsons Disease Foundation | The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. They are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific

Parkinsons.org | Information about Parkinsons Disease

Visual ImpairmentClick to expand this section

Age Related Macular Degeneration | AMD Alliance International strives to bring knowledge, help and hope to individuals and families around the world affected by AMD.

Balance for Blind Adults | We are a lively non-profit agency with strong roots in the community and more than 20 years experience working with blind and vision-impaired adults. Our programs enable people with vision loss to live with dignity and inclusion, and to lead independent,

Disability Benefits in Canada for Blindness | After that a formal application the process to seek disability tax benefits starts. The Canadian Disabilities Corporation reaches out to treating doctors to seek a confirmation on the disability status

Disability Tax Credit Certificate | PDF Document Outlining the Disability Tax Credit

Disability Tax information | The Canadian National Institute for the Blind Submission to the Advisory Committee on Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities

Seniors and Aging from Government Canada | As people get older, it is normal for their vision to change. However, there are steps you can take to preserve your eyesight and improve your vision – an important part of staying safe and independent.

The Canadian Council for the Blind | The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) was founded in 1944 by blind war veterans and schools of the blind. All officers and directors are blind or visually impaired which gives a unique sensitivity to the needs of the blind community.

The Foundation for Fighting Blindness | The Foundation Fighting Blindness is a Canadian health charity dedicated to finding the causes, treatments and ultimately the cures for retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and related retinal diseases by supporting research and public awareness.

The National Coalition for Vision Health | NCVH is an organization of associations that share a common interest in eye care and vision research. The Coalition provides national leadership on Canada’s vision health issues and in the development of related public policy.