When disasters strike, seniors need priority attention

When disasters strike, seniors need priority attention

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 […]

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 […]

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

Putting patients first can save our health system

Putting patients first can save our health system

How improving healthcare for the frail elderly can also cut costs

How improving healthcare for the frail elderly can also cut costs

How can we overcome an ageist healthcare system?

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.

Exercise is not just for the fit, it helps the frail elderly and critically ill too

Exercise is not just for the fit, it helps the frail elderly and critically ill too

Frailty and the new ageism

Frailty and the new ageism

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?”