Recent News Items of Interest 


(Disclaimer: Articles not written by ACCA are meant as informative pieces of news relevant to the industry and do not necessarily represent the opinions of ACCA or our members).

May 16 - "Atlantic premiers want more healthcare funding for seniors" - Jane Taber; The Globe & Mail

May 8 - Here is a link to a series of videos speaking with seniors from 10 different countries describing what it is like to be a senior in their nation: "Aging in their own words: a global newsroom collaboration"; Huffington Post

April 13 - "Collaborative partnership brings new solutions to home care" - Canadian Home Care Association via Newswire

March 30 - "Caregivers of people with dementia often face money troubles: survey" - Alejandra Cancino; The Associated Press via Global News

February 23 - "Continuing Care Centre bringing the generations together" - Barry Kerton; The Barrhead Leader

February 22 - "Anti-psychosis drugs prescribed at 'alarming' rates, UW professor says" - CBC News

February 1 - "Long-term health care workers at highest risk for injury on the job" - Kim Pemberton; Vancouver Sun

December 29 - "Opinion: Let's forge a pathway to better outcomes for Alberta seniors"; J. Lawrence Tymko; Edmonton Journal

December 14 - "Red tape wreaks havoc in seniors' facility refrigerators: advocate" - Vancouver News Talk 980 CKNW

October 29 - "NDP Budget falls short on seniors' housing, critics say" - Jason Van Rassel; Calgary Herald

October 28 - "Health quality council survey shows little progress in long-term care" - Eva Ferguson; Calgary Herald

October 23 - The Honourable Minister of Health and Minister of Seniors Sarah Hoffman announced changes to the Alberta Health Services Board of Directors. The bios are available here:

July 22 - "Health spending won't meet needs of aging Canadians, report warns" - Gloria Galloway; The Globe and Mail

June 20 - "Running over capacity sends bed decisions down the line: AMA" - Gillian Slade; Medicine Hat News

June 18 - "Blood test raises hope for possibility of early Alzheimer's detection" - Sarah Knapton; The Telegraph

June 16 -  Click here for a link to the Throne Speech. Excerpt: "We will invest in stable and predictable funding for our health system because universal, accessible, high quality health care must be there when Alberta families need it - and because the time has come to meet our society's growing need for community services like long term care and home care."

June 6 - "Let's take great care of our seniors" - Arlene Adamson; Calgary Herald

June 5 - Click here to listen to an interview with Hon. Minister of Health, Sarah Hoffman, M.L.A. - 630 CHED with Ryan Jesperson

June 1 - "Health Link gets 811 designation" - CBC News

April 22 - "Health care 'whistleblower' suspended from Saskatoon care home" - D.C. Fraser & Chris Morin, Leader-Post StarPhoenix.

March 16 - "Alberta needs 20,000 more nursing home beds, Liberals say" - CBC News

March 13 - "Lack of regulation makes preventing elder abuse a challenge at Calgary nursing homes, police say" - Bill Kaufmann, Calgary Sun. 

March 12 - "AHS unable to explain 311 seniors' beds" - Matt McClure, Calgary Herald.

March 11 - "311 new senior beds to open in Edmonton, Calgary" - CBC News

March 10 - "Tender reissued for Parsons Creek continuing care facility" - Amanda Richardson, Fort McMurray today.

March 5 - "Long-term care wait only worsened by issues elsewhere" - Gillian Slade, Medicine Hat News. Click here.

March 4 - "City ERs show signs of overcapacity crisis - NDP warns" - Matt McClure, Calgary Herald.

March 4 - "Healthcare cuts coming amid emergency ward crisis" - Don Braid, Calgary Herald.

February 20 - "Elementary school in long-term care home a first in Saskatchewan" - Wendy Winiewski, Global News.

February 18 - "Inquiry wants breakaway chains after woman strangled with emergency pendant" - Canadian Press; published in the Edmonton Journal.
February 10"Alberta short more than 3,300 hospital beds: Study" - Sheila Pratt of the Edmonton Journal. Here is the accompanying press release.

January 26"Women make up majority of Canadians with Alzheimer's; most caregivers also female" - Sheryl Ubelacker of the Canadian Press; published in the Edmonton Journal. 

January 21 - "Nursing home health care aides need more training, suffer "worrisome" burnout: study", published in the National Post by Tom Blackwell, as a result of a study published in the Canadian Journal on Aging. Click here.

January 9 - Alberta Cancer Centre celebrates success of locally developed program that helps patients overcome severe stress associated with their illness. Taken from Global News. Click here.


January 9 - "Alberta seniors hit hard by flu" - Keith Gerein, Edmonton Journal.

November 27 - Health Minister Stephen Mandel said the province is currently evaluating capital projects and determining where the priorities are. "Invest more in Misericordia Hospital", says NDP. Read more, published in the Edmonton Journal by Mariam Ibrahim.

November 18 - "Fort McMurray woman calls for AHS inquiry into continuing care centre" - CBC News. Click here.


October 28 - "Mandel wins easily but hard work lies ahead" - Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal.  Click here

October 27 - "Same old approach won't solve seniors-care crisis" - Opinion piece by Noel Somerville, appeared in the Edmonton Journal and can be read here.

October 8 - Posted by cbcnews, the attached shows a response by Minister Stephen Mandel to the Auditor General's Report mentioned below. Click here to view.


October 7 - "Latest Auditor General's Report shows PCs' lack of planning for Albertans' Future" - Brian Mason, Alberta NDP. Click here. To read the Report, please click here.


October 7 - "Medical professionals sounding the alarm over Alberta's crowded hospitals" - Stephanie Froese, 660News, Calgary. Click here


August 1 - The ACCA is finally settled into Our New Home!... pictures are hung, phone problems are solved and we are looking     forward to ACCA's organizational strategic transformation!

June 24 - AHS creates continuing care resolution team (Link)


June 17 - Alberta appoints new Health Advocate (Link)