Federal funding is ending but frailty still matters

New Frontiers in Research Fund supported valuable, long-term work. The program replacing it leaves huge gaps

Federal funding is ending but frailty still mattersBy Russell Williams and John Muscedere The federal government has announced the end of funding for its Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. This is not good news for Canadians. The program has long been touted as the jewel of the federal government’s sciences research support – and programs around the world have been…

Let’s make Canadian hospitals more senior-friendly

Hospitals need to identify vulnerable patients with complex needs so they can quickly address and minimize complications

Let’s make Canadian hospitals more senior-friendlyBy George Heckman and Paul Hébert EvidenceNetwork.ca Canadians are living longer. Unfortunately, our hospitals aren’t ready for them. Canadians over 65 years old use more than 40 per cent of hospital services, a demand that continues to rise. But as they age, Canadians hope to stay at home as long as possible. If hospitalization is…

Common surgical knee procedure doesn’t provide much benefit

A growing body of research shows that most older adults will get the same long-term outcomes from less invasive treatment

Common surgical knee procedure doesn’t provide much benefitBy Eric Bohm and Ivan Wong EvidenceNetwork.ca Nearly half of Canadians aged 65 and over experience osteoarthritis in their knees. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of bones wears down over time leading to pain, stiffness and decreased mobility. It frequently occurs in the…

More medical tests, treatments not always the best

You can have too much of a good thing when it comes to medicine for older adults

More medical tests, treatments not always the bestPrevailing wisdom states that more is better – and it’s no different when it comes to our expectation of medical treatments. With the help of the Internet, patients and their families have come to expect intensive tests, treatments and therapies at every life stage. But sometimes, too much treatment can do more harm than good.…

We can help seniors struggling with depression

Aging carries with it increased risk of depression, often as the result of other conditions and even as a side-effect of medication

We can help seniors struggling with depressionDepression among senior citizens rarely gets get much public attention but it is a significant problem – and it can be addressed. In a culture that prizes youth and activity above most other things, the whole idea of aging is often considered depressing. So it is not uncommon for us to feel that loneliness, sadness and even…

Do intentional communities make retirement sense?

Picturing a idyllic rural setting with exercise, freedom, stimulation – and support as needed. All crafted to cater to seniors

Do intentional communities make retirement sense?My Mom is still teaching me life lessons in her 90s. Chief of these recently has been the creation of an intentional community in which to retire. After a year spent essentially nursing my father through his final days in a fashionable, for-profit Vancouver rest home, he died and she decided to move into an…

Prolonged journeys in space help inform research into frailty

Astronauts and seniors with frailty have much in common and innovative research may help solve problems for both

Prolonged journeys in space help inform research into frailtyFor decades, researchers have studied the effects of reduced physical activity on astronauts during prolonged journeys to space. But what's surprising is one of the uses of that research. It turns out that understanding the effects of space travel on the body may be important to understanding what happens to us on Earth as we…

Group effort brings music to Kindersley’s Heritage Manor

Volunteer musicians perform weekly – bringing pleasure to the residents and the band members

Group effort brings music to Kindersley’s Heritage ManorJoan Janzen of The Clarion Every week, the residents at Kindersley’s Heritage Manor look forward to a group of volunteer musicians coming to visit their facility to provide some old-time musical entertainment. “Some say it’s the highlight of their week,” says pianist Marilyn Stevenson. “It’s a wonderful way for seniors to keep mobile if they…

We must do more for seniors coming home from hospital

It's clear the status quo isn’t meeting the needs of our aging population. So what can be done?

We must do more for seniors coming home from hospitalBy Ruta Valaitis and Maureen Markle-Reid EvidenceNetwork.ca Despite having diabetes and arthritis, Verne was a thriving independent 72-year-old who lived at home with his wife when he had a stroke. He had excellent emergency care in the hospital and began his recovery there. But he didn’t adjust well after arriving home. He started to show…

Health foundation and friends support Heritage Manor upgrade

New furniture for the sun room purchased using funds from last year’s harvest by the Kindersley Antique Threshing Club and funds from Elsie Neil and family

Health foundation and friends support Heritage Manor upgrade  Kenneth Brown of The Clarion The residents of Heritage Manor have a new space to enjoy thanks to a contribution by the local health foundation made possible by its special donors. The Kindersley and District Health and Wellness Foundation (KDHWF) has purchased new furniture for the sun room at Heritage Manor using funds that…

Who’s caring for the nursing home carers?

Nursing home care aides are burning out but measures can be taken to improve their work conditions. And that will result in better care for their patients

Who’s caring for the nursing home carers?By Carole A. Estabrooks and Stephanie A. Chamberlain Contributors Many of us have moms and dads or older friends and relatives in nursing home facilities. We care very much about their well-being and the supports they receive. But who’s caring for the care aides who do the bulk of the front-line work in nursing homes?…

When disasters strike, seniors need priority attention

The majority of deaths and injuries resulting from natural disasters involve seniors

When disasters strike, seniors need priority attentionBy John Hirdes and Sandy van Solm EvidenceNetwork.ca The combination of an aging population with increases in natural disasters has had deadly consequences for seniors. Quebec health authorities estimate that as many 70 people died as a result of the recent heat wave with a humidex of over 40C. Most heat-related deaths in Montreal involved seniors with chronic conditions.…

Why the workforce gender gap matters to business

Reducing barriers to adding women to the workforce in Canada could add $150 billion to $420 billion in GDP over 10 years

Why the workforce gender gap matters to businessBy Denise Mullen and Kristine St.-Laurent Business Council of British Columbia In British Columbia and Canada more broadly, the proportion of females aged 15 and over who participate in the labour force remains nine percentage points below that of males. And it has stayed this way since the early 1990s. Why does this matter? Sometimes,…

Canada’s health system fails the elderly

Solving long hospital wait times requires a fundamental shift in the way we care for the elderly

Canada’s health system fails the elderlyBy David Wiercigroch and Caberry Weiyang Yu EvidenceNetwork.ca Hospital overcrowding is not a new issue. Limited bed spaces have plagued Ontario hospitals for years and are increasingly straining our system. Not only are long wait times a shameful expectation when patients arrive in the emergency department, providing care in a busy hospital hallway has become…

Getting to the heart of medical error and malpractice

Securing a meaningful and enduring reduction in medical error requires a cultural transformation

Getting to the heart of medical error and malpracticeIn a 2003 Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) survey, “about a quarter [of adults] said that an adverse event had occurred in their own care, or that of a family member.” Half claimed that the adverse event had produced “serious health consequences.” Three-quarters claimed that it had “led to a hospital visit or longer…
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