Trudy Lieberman, Adjunct Associate Professor, the CUNY School of Public Health
Pamela Cowan, Regina Leader-Post
Recently, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) celebrated the fact that the average lifespan of Canadians has increased by more than 30 years since the early 1900s. That’s something we can all celebrate.
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.
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”.”
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.
As the population ages, experts say that the current institutional model of care needs to change to better support aging patients.
We know the further north you are in Ontario, the sparser is the health care, and the further you have to go and the less likely you are to have access.
Frailty is a better determinant of health outcomes and healthcare utilization than age alone