Commentaries, Aging Population & Its Potential Impact

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Don’t let seniors’ care in Canada become a private equity money maker Don’t let seniors’ care in Canada become a private equity money maker
By Margaret McGregor and Lisa Ronald

Late last year, a large trans-national insurance company, Anbang, announced its intention to purchase a majority interest in Retirement Concepts, a Canadian for-profit nursing home chain.

Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to improve prescription drug safety for seniors Le Canada a besoin d’une stratégie globale pour améliorer la sécurité des médicaments d’ordonnance prescrits aux aînés
By Nicole F. Bernier

Il y a quatre années, à l’âge de 84 ans, mon père a survécu à un accident vasculaire cérébral sévère. L’inconvénient, pour lui qui était autrement d’une forme exceptionnelle, est qu’il doit continuer à prendre, depuis ce moment-là, pas moins de neuf médicaments d’ordonnance par jour.

It's-time-to-change-the-way-we-view-exercise-for-frail-and-critically-ill-patients Exercise is not just for the fit, it helps the frail elderly and critically ill too
By Michelle Kho

Frail and critically ill patients can safely bike in the intensive care unit, even early in their ICU stay.

Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to improve prescription drug safety for seniors Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to improve prescription drug safety for seniors
By Nicole F. Bernier

Four years ago, at age 84, my dad survived a severe stroke. The downside is that during his hospital stay this otherwise fit person was put on a drug regimen and has been taking nine prescription drugs a day ever since.

Frailty-and-the-new-Ageism Frailty and the new ageism
By Kenneth Rockwood

Should medicine be ageist? A young trainee doctor recently proposed to me that it should. Healthcare is overstretched, she argued. “We can’t do everything for everyone, so why spend money on old people, who have little chance of benefit?”

Why frailty matters Why ‘frailty’ matters
By John Muscedere and Fred Horne

When a frail older patient has an acute health crisis in Canada, our health system usually delivers excellent service. That’s good news.

Time to re-think health care policy for the elderly Re-thinking care for Canada’s aging population
By Neena Chappell and Marcus Hollander

As the population ages, there is a growing belief that a tsunami of elderly patients will bankrupt the healthcare system, but evidence shows that this is a misconception.

Do we really need an expanded CPP Do we really need an expanded CPP?
By Robert Brown

The Fraser Institute has argued recently that the federal government has failed to make a convincing case for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) expansion.

New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model — and consider frailty instead
By John Muscedere and Samir Sinha

When the previous Health Accord expired in 2014, the Harper government unilaterally established a new funding model for federal health transfer payments to the provinces and territories based on an equal per capita basis.

The good, the bad and the unintended consequences of an expanded CPP The good, the bad and the unintended consequences of an expanded CPP
By Robert Brown

Amazingly, eight of ten provincial finance ministers and the federal government have agreed to a modest increase in the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).


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