Aging

We must do more for seniors coming home from hospital

We must do more for seniors coming home from hospital

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 signs of depression and was at […]

When disasters strike, seniors need top priority

When disasters strike, seniors need top priority

Majority of deaths and injuries resulting from natural disasters involve seniors   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 40 degrees.  Most […]

Our health system fails the elderly

Our health system fails the elderly

Solving long hospital wait times requires a fundamental shift in the way we care for the elderly 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 become a shameful expectation when patients arrive in the emergency […]

More not always better for prescriptions

More not always better for prescriptions

Canadians are living longer than ever, and we are also taking more medications than ever before. And this can make us sicker, not healthier. A report released last week by the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that one in four seniors in Canada are taking 10 or more medications. That’s a total of 1.6 […]

A national seniors strategy needs to account for complexity in the aging process

A national seniors strategy needs to account for complexity in the aging process

Canadians 65 years and older now outnumber children 14 years and under, which means our needs as a society are changing.  We are succeeding in shifting the aging curve through preventive interventions and better public health — that’s good news. But the changing demographic is causing strains in our health and social care supports. How […]

Listening to our Elders

Listening to our Elders

Older Canadians living with frailty tell us what they need to live better Within a decade, the number of frail, elderly Canadians will double.  What does getting old look like in Canada? We need to start listening to the people with lived experiences of frailty and aging in planning and providing care, say Dr. Kathy […]

Why you should start talking to your family and friends about your end-of-life wishes

Why you should start talking to your family and friends about your end-of-life wishes

Listen to those living with frailty

Listen to those living with frailty

The Concept of “Frailty” and How it Can Help Reform our Health System

The Concept of “Frailty” and How it Can Help Reform our Health System

Food is medicine where malnutrition and frailty are concerned

Food is medicine where malnutrition and frailty are concerned
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