St. Albert & Sturgeon Primary Care Network

Links

The following links may be of interest:

Arthritis

  • Arthritis Research Campaign:

    Founded in 1936 and raises funds to promote medical research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritic conditions; to educate medical students, doctors and allied healthcare professionals about arthritis; and provide information to the general public.
  • Canadian Arthritis Network:

    Not-for-profit organization that supports integrated, trans-disciplinary research and development. Is the single point of contact that links 155 leading Canadian arthritis researchers and clinicians, 43 Canadian academic institutions, the Arthritis Society, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and government.
  • JointHealth:

    Provides links to sites that have been found useful in arthritis education and self advocacy.
  • Public Health Agency of Canada:

    Arthritis information sheets for seniors.
  • The Arthritis Society:

    Non-profit organization whose mission is to search for the underlying causes and subsequent cures for arthritis, and to promote the best possible care and treatment for people with arthritis.
  • UpToDate for Patients:

    An evidence based, peer reviewed information resource. test

Asthma

  • Alberta Asthma Centre:

    Committed to developing, testing and implementing outstanding asthma and allergy education programs for patients and their families.
  • Allergy/Asthma Information Association:

    A Canadian patient association whose services focus on education and prevention. Publishes a quarterly newsletter for members and offer a variety of free brochures on allergies and asthma.
  • Asthma Society of Canada:

    A nationally registered health care charity. Over its 30 year history, it has earned a reputation of providing good quality, credible asthma information and education to Canadians.
  • CANA:

    Developing and implementing a comprehensive, provincial strategy which promotes and supports excellence in the prevention, promotion, and management of asthma in Alberta.
  • Global Initiative for Asthma:

    Works with health care professionals and public health officials around the world to reduce asthma prevalence, morbidity, and mortality.
  • Lung Association:

    A Canadian organization that works at the national, provincial and community levels to improve and promote lung health.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • Asthma Society:

    A national registered healthcare charity. Over its 30-year history, it has earned a reputation of providing good quality, credible COPD information and education to Canadians with asthma.
  • CANA:

    Developing and implementing a comprehensive, provincial strategy which promotes and supports excellence in the prevention, promotion, and management of asthma in Alberta.
  • Capital Health:

    COPD rehabilitation program offered in Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc and Stony Plain
  • Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control:

    Provides strategic leadership in the development and implementation of integrated chronic disease prevention and control strategies and works with relevant stakeholders at both a national and international levels to ensure an integrated approach.
  • COPD Canada:

    COPD Canada Patient Network offers hope, understanding, information and support; to the newly diagnosed as well as the veterans of this disease, their families and support people.
  • Environment Canada:

    Information on COPD and "Go Smoke Free!"
  • Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease:

    Works with health care professionals and officials around the world to raise awareness of COPD and to improve prevention and treatment of this lung disease.
  • Lung Association:

    An organization that works at the national, provincial and community levels to improve and promote lung health.

Diabetes

General

  • AADAC:

    An agency funded by the Government of Alberta to assist Albertans in achieving freedom from the harmful effects of alcohol, other drugs and gambling.
  • Alberta Health and Wellness:

    Alberta Government sponsored health information
  • Canada's Physical Activity Guide:

    A guide to help you make wise choices about physical activity. Choices that will improve your health, help prevent disease, and allow you to get the most out of life.
  • Capital Health:

    Health information organized by topic.
  • Capital Health Link:

    You can learn more about the programs and services in the Capital Health region by calling 408-LINK (5465) or Toll-free at (866) 408-LINK (5465).
  • Do Bugs Need Drugs:

    A community education program to address the problem of antibiotic resistance.

Heart Health

  • Alberta Hearth and Stroke Foundation:

    A volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its applications, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy.
  • American Heart Association:

    Builds healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Hypertension

  • Blood Pressure Canada:

    A volunteer, non-profit, charitable organization that is dedicated to the prevention and control of hypertension in Canada.
  • Canadian Hypertension Society:

    Formally established in 1979 by a group of Canadian health professionals interested in improving hypertension research, education and patient care.
  • Capital Health:

    Information on high blood pressure.
  • National Campaign to Control Hypertension:

    Health information provided by Professional Postgraduate Services and an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
  • WebMD:

    Health information and tools for managing your health.

Lipids

  • MERCK:

    Health information sponsored by MERCK & Co., Inc.

Mental Health

  • Alberta Health Services - Mental Health:

    Offering a wide range of community-based programs designed to help adults, seniors and children regain their mental health or cope with diseases such as schizophrenia and depression.
  • b-free.ca: Stand Up and B-Free From Bullying!:

    Whether you're a target of bullying or a concerned friend, we can help. Here, you'll find first-hand accounts from people who have been bullied and have overcome it, along with tips and resources to help make bullying stop in your life.
  • Healthy Habits:

    Finding a working balance: creating healthy habits on the job.
  • Schizophrenia Society of Alberta (Edmonton & Area Chapter):

    Support and information for people affected by schizophrenia and related illnesses.
  • The Family Centre:

    Helping Alberta families, communities, institutions and workplaces make positive choices that lead to successful outcomes.
  • The Support Network:

    The Support Network is a safe place to call when life hurts. We help you connect with the heart of the community so you can help yourself, a friend or a family member. Help the way you want it... by phone, in person, online, in the community.

Nutrition

  • Canada's Food Guide:

    Helping you and your family know how much food you need, what types of foods are better for you, and the importance of physical activity in your day.
  • Create A Movement:

    It's time to wake up. Get off our couches, eat our vegetables and give our health the respect it deserves. A healthy future is an individual choice.
  • Dietitians of Canada:

    Promotes health and well being through expertise in food and nutrition.
  • Eat Well, Live Well - Make Nutrition Come Alive:

    Enjoy great tastes, fun times and a lifetime of good health through daily healthy eating choices where you live, work, learn, and play.
  • Healthy Eating is in Store for You:

    An exciting project that will help consumers make healthy food choices through better use of the nutrition information on the label of packaged foods.
  • Healthy U:

    A public information and education campaign to support and encourage Albertans to lead healthier lifestyles by providing them with access to information on healthy eating and active living.
  • Mission Nutrition:

    Fun, interactive learning activities to use in the classroom and at home to get children excited about healthy living!
  • Walk across Canada:

    Simply record the distance you walk every to school, to the grocery store, to work, at work, at and track your progress along the Trail.
  • Weight Wise - In it for the Long Haul:

    Free online weight management tool.

Seniors

  • Alberta Seniors Website:

    This website provides a list and information about such Seniors Programs and Services as Seniors Supports and Disability Supports, Alberta Seniors Benefit, Education Property Tax and Special Needs
  • Alzheimer's Society - Cognitive Decline:

    The Alzheimer Society offers education and support to caregivers and family members who have received a diagnosis of some type of dementia.
  • Capital Health - General Seniors Information:

    A range of topics are discussed on this website from Alzheimer's disease and Dementia to Falling and Incontinence, to Stroke.
  • Falls and Decreased Mobility:

    A staff of practitioners with advanced certification in numerous treatment techniques provides patients with several options for rehabilitation and pain management.
  • Seniors and Driving:

    Losing independence through unsafe driving is addressed in this website which offers sound advice on sustaining independence and mobility for aging drivers. Drivers can also evaluate their driving skills through the DriveABLE program.
  • Seniors and Personal Directives:

    This website contains information regarding Personal Directives and discusses how it differs from an Enduring Power of Attorney and decisions to be made when a person has capacity versus no capacity and decisions are made in the courts.
  • Seniors Housing Information:

    A summary of seniors facilities in the St. Albert area that offer independent living units to long term care.
  • St. Albert Strategy and Mobilization Committee (SAM):

    An inventory of services, membership information, a plan for St. Albert seniors, and information about the St. Albert Family Working Group and Community Support Groups.
  • Support for Caregivers of Older Adults:

    Alberta Caregiver College® is a virtual college that teaches caregivers how to meet the needs of a loved one with an injury, illness or disability. Caregivers can be parents, spouses, other family members or friends.
  • The Alberta Caregiver Association:

    Offering a wealth of resources and support for family caregivers, including workshops specifically for those experiencing caregiver burnout.

Smoking Cessation

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