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 […]

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

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

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

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.

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?”