Tag Archives: aging

Backgrounder: The Concept of “Frailty” and How it Can Help Reform our Health System Backgrounder: The Concept of “Frailty” and How it Can Help Reform our Health System
By Lee Tunstall
Food is medicine where malnutrition and frailty are concerned
By Heather Keller and Leah Gramlich
Putting patients first can save our health system Putting patients first can save our health system
By Kapil Khimdas and Danyaal Raza

How improving healthcare for the frail elderly can also cut costs

How can we overcome an ageist healthcare system?

Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, a geriatrician in Halifax and Researcher with the Canadian FRAILTY NETWORK says that an ageist attitude is an underlying cause of unsuitable healthcare for older patients.

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
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
By John Muscedere and Fred Horne

Addressing the specific needs of Canada’s frail older adults would improve health outcomes and quality of life ― and reduce health costs

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.

People need less money to live as they get older? If only.
By Michael Wolfson

Last week the C.D. Howe Institute released a short study just in time for the finance ministers’ meeting — rolling out the tired, old argument that as people age, they do not need as much money to live as when they were younger. If only retirement were so easy.