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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.

Celebrate-a-New-Year-by-putting-end-of-life-wishes-at-the-top-of-your-to-do-list Celebrate a New Year by putting end-of-life wishes at the top of your to-do list
By John Muscedere

Kicking off the New Year is a good time to put the task of making your end-of-life wishes at the top of your to-do list.

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.

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.

muscedereposteroct11-16 New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model — and consider frailty instead
By John Muscedere

The Health Minister should craft a new federal arrangement for health funding based on age — but should go one step further and include the more precise and evidence-based concept of “frailty”.”

muscedereposter3oct11-16 New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model — and consider frailty instead
By John Muscedere

Our health system is scrambling to meet the needs of older individuals with multiple, simultaneous and often inter-related health and social issues that threaten their independence — the essence of frailty.

How can we change the health workforce to serve our aging population?

As the population ages, experts say that the current institutional model of care needs to change to better support aging patients.

muscedereposter2oct11-16 New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model — and consider frailty instead
By John Muscedere

Frailty is a better determinant of health outcomes and healthcare utilization than age alone

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.


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