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Caregiver benefits, only in N.S. Let’s face it, caregiving can be expensive. One of the most common questions we are asked at Caregivers Nova Scotia is whether there are any financial support programs for family and friends who provide care for their loved ones. Angus Campbell

Chronicle Herald More (January 30, 2018)

Let's discuss end-of-life issues – now. Many people have been faced with critical decisions for family and friends who are at the end of their lives. This can stress and burden family members trying to navigate the social and health care systems even as they face impending loss and grief. Sharon Kaasalainen and Tamara Sussman

Ottawa Citizen (January 23, 2018), Ottawa Life Magazine (January 26, 2018), The Province (January 30, 2018), Huffington Post (January 31, 2018), Medicine Hat News (February 5, 2018)

Cette année, faites un cadeau à vos proches. Le congé des Fêtes est un moment propice pour entamer une discussion sur vos volontés de fin de vie. Tamara Sussman et Sharon Kaasalainen

Le Droit (27 décembre 2017), Huffington Post Quebec (27 décembre 2017)

We need to listen to voices of older patients. Older adults must have a voice in policy and program priority setting if we are to implement systems that are responsive to their needs.  Katherine McGilton and John Muscedere

Toronto Star (January 3, 2018 online; December 27, 2017 print), Our Windsor (January 3, 2018), Ottawa Life Magazine (January 5, 2018), Troy Media (January 7, 2018), New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal (January 8, 2018), Vancouver Province (January 9, 2018), Whitehorse Daily Star (January 9, 2018), Brandon Sun (January 9, 2018), Fredericton Daily Gleaner (January 9, 2018), Hamilton Spectator (January 10, 2018), Guelph Mercury (January 10, 2018), Waterloo Region Record (January 10, 2018), New Hamburg Independent (January 10, 2018), Moncton Times and Transcript (January 10, 2018), Saskatoon Star Pheonix (January 11, 2018), Regina Leader Post (January 11, 2018), Huffington Post (January 25, 2018), Home and LongTerm Care News (February 2, 2018)

Nous devons écouter la voix des personnes fragilisée. Les personnes fragilisées sont plus à risque d’avoir des problèmes de santé et de décéder plus rapidement que ce à quoi on devrait s’attendre. Katherine McGilton et John Muscedere

Huffington Post Quebec (26 janvier 2018)

Finding practical gifts for caregivers. Caregivers need to allow their families, friends, and neighbours to help. Almost everyone understands (or should) that caregivers face daily challenges — people want to help, but they often don’t know how. Angus Campbell

Halifax Herald More (November 29, 2017)

National senior strategy needed to improve access to healthcare for all Canadians. While we celebrate living longer than ever, we must also recognize that our system is not well equipped to manage our aging population with its more complex and chronic diseases.  How should our system operate to offer more efficiency, effectiveness and social equity? The CFN/CFHI/Mt. Sinai Health Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Collaborative is cited as an example. -- Laurent Marcoux, President, Canadian Medical Association

Home and Long Term Care (October 27, 2017)     

Look out for malnutrition, frailty -- particularly in seniors. Estimates suggest 30-45% of patients at an average age of 65 years are malnourished at admission to hospital, costing our hospital system approximately $2 billion a year. -- Heather Keller & Leah Gramlich

Winnipeg Free Press (October 12, 2017), Medicine Hat News (October 14, 2017), Ottawa Life (October 16, 2017), The Province (October 22, 2017), Windsor Star (October 23, 2017), Huffington Post (December 14, 2017)

En français: Politiques Options (2017 octobre), Huffington Post Québec (2017 octobre 29)

How healthy is the Canadian health-care system? Canada’s health-care system is a point of Canadian pride. While highly regarded, it is expensive and faces several challenges, exacerbated by the changing health landscape in an aging society. What is needed for a sustainable health future? -- Chris Simpson, David Walker, Don Drummond, Duncan Sinclair and Ruth Wilson.

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. -- September 24, 2017. It also ran in The National Post (September 25, 2017).

Dependent seniors need better oral health care. Continued oral health care in later years is crucial for seniors, but can be difficult to maintain. -- Mary McNally

Winnipeg Free Press (July 17, 2017), Medicine Hat News (July 26, 2017), Moncton Times & Transcript (July 26, 2017), Huffington Post (July 27, 2017), Halifax News 95.7 Interview on the Sheldon McLeod Show (July 27, 2017), Trail Daily Times (July 27, 2017), Saint John Telegraph-Journal (July 29, 2017), Waterloo Region Record (July 29, 2017)

The many obstacles to health-care improvements. A series of daunting factors have led to the public’s passive acceptance of paying high costs for a narrow range of services of mediocre quality. -- Don Drummond, Duncan Sinclair, Chris Simpson, David Walker.

Toronto Star (Apr. 26, 2017)

Cycling in ICU optimizes recovery for critically ill. Frail and critically ill patients can safely bike in the intensive care unit, even early in their ICU stay. -- Michelle Kho

Winnipeg Free Press (Feb. 1, 2017), Vancouver Province (Feb.6, 2017), Huffington Post (Feb. 7, 2017), Troy Media (Feb. 3, 2017), Battlefords News-Optimist (Feb. 9, 2017)

Also featured in the popular blog The Caregivers Living Room, and subsequently tweeted by André Picard and retweeted by the New York Times Well Blog and Kaiser Health News, among others.

Click here to learn more about this CFN-funded research (CAT2014-06). 

Celebrate new year by putting end-of-life wishes at top of to-do list. Tell family and friends your health-care preferences in case someday you can't speak for yourself. -- John Muscedere

CBC News online (Jan. 14, 2017), Huffington Post (Jan. 19, 2017)

Also published in: The Daily Times (Jan. 27, 2017), Vancouver Province (Jan. 21, 2017)

Frailty and the new ageism. Not everyone of the same age has the same number of health problems. Those with the most health problems are frail. And when they are frail, they do worse. Often, those with frailty do worse because health care remains focused on single-system illness. Our success with a single-illness approach has biased us to think this is the approach we should always take. What we do in our health system now fails older people who might benefit if we provided better care. In that way, it fails us all. Attitudes must change. -- Kenneth Rockwood

Hill Times (Jan. 9, 2017)

Also published in: Hospital News (March), Huffington Post (Feb. 7, 2017), Options Politiques (Feb. 7, 2017), Winnipeg Free Press (Feb. 3, 2017), The Tribune (Jan. 20, 2017), Moncton Times & Transcript (Jan. 18, 2017), Olds Albertan (Jan. 17, 2017), Waterloo Region Record (Jan. 16, 2017), Brandon Sun (Jan. 16, 2017), Medicine Hat News (Jan. 14, 2017)

Also retweeted by André Picard, Globe & Mail columnist (Jan. 14, 2017) and David Oliver (Jan. 14, 2017), among others.

Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital sets example for caring for elderly patients

Globe and Mail (Dec. 22, 2016)

Getting the flu shot this year? Here's why you should: And in case you heard the rumour — no, influenza vaccines do not cause the flu. -- John Muscedere

CBC News online (Dec. 9, 2016)

Also published in: Huffington Post (Dec. 14, 2016), Victoria Times Columnist, The Province (Dec. 17, 2016), Battlefords News-Optimist (Dec. 19, 2016), Le Droit (Jan. 3, 2017), Le Huffington Post (Jan. 10, 2017),

Russell Williams Studentship in Medical Ethics: Innovative Medicines Canada and Queen’s University announced the creation of the Russell Williams Studentship in Medical Ethics to allow medical students at Queen's to pursue individual studies in the ethical and moral aspects of the medical care.  -- Russell Williams

Media Release (Nov. 21, 2016)

Palliative care is the orphan of the Canadian health system: With good palliative care, we can live out our days relatively free of pain and suffering, confident that our physical, spiritual, and emotional needs are being met. -- Fred Horne

Hill Times (Nov. 9, 2016)

University of Victoria Alumni magazine, The Torch profile on CFN Network Investigator and Citizen Engagement Committee Member Kelli Stajduhar: “Palliative care should be as essential for dying Canadians as prenatal and obstetric care are for newborns."

The Torch (Fall 2016)

Healthcare is 24/7: lllnesses and injuries occur independently of the clock and calendar. They have to be dealt with 24/7, 365 days a year. Sadly, that fact seems to have been overtaken by nine to five-ism in too many parts of our so-called healthcare system. -- Duncan Sinclair

Longwoods (Nov. 3, 2016)

Council of Canadian Academies profile on Dr. Jean Gray: Dr. Jean Gray, developed tools to better evaluate residents in training and championed mentoring programs for female medical students. Her determined leadership has benefited numerous organizations, including the Canadian Association for Medical Education, the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health. She is one of Canada’s exceptional medical educators and was recognized in 2005 with an Order of Canada.

Why ‘frailty’ matters: Addressing the specific needs of Canada’s frail older adults would improve health outcomes and quality of life - and reduce health costs. -- John Muscedere & Fred Horne

CBC News online (Oct. 15, 2016)

Also published in: Huffington Post (Oct. 24, 2016), Ottawa Life (Oct. 2016), Canadian Healthcare Manager (paywall), Troy Media (Oct. 28, 2016), Waterloo Record (Nov. 2, 2016), Battleford News Optimist (Nov. 5, 2016), Slave Lake Lakeside Leader (Nov. 9, 2016),

Tweeted by: @picardonhealth (Oct. 23, 2016), among others

Canadian Frailty Network Brief to the federal Finance Committee 2017 pre-budget consultations. Click here to read our submission -- Ensuring a more equitable healthcare system: addressing the needs of Canada’s frail elderly.

We believe that frailty should be incorporated into federal healthcare funding models, and that by implementing frailty assessment in the healthcare system and producing evidence-based interventions and practices, true socioeconomic benefit to Canadians will result including improved quality of life and more efficient healthcare resource utilization.

New Health Accord Should Consider a Model Based on Frailty: Discusses how it is necessary for the new Health Accord promised within the coming year by Health Minister Jane Philpott to include a better understanding of frailty -- John Muscedere & Samir Sinha

Huffington Post (July 26, 2016)

Also published in: Ottawa Life, Waterloo Region Record, Times & Transcript (Moncton), Times Colonist (Victoria), The Province (Vancouver),, NetNewsLedger (Thunder Bay)

Canadians Need To Be Having End-Of-Life Conversations:  Emphasizes the importance of Advanced Care Planning, and how it is important to do so immediately, before it is too late an individual is unable to make medical decisions for him or herself. -- Michelle Howard

Huffington Post (Jan. 5, 2016)

Also published in: Halifax Daily Chronicle, Fredericton Daily Gleaner, Winnipeg Free Press, Welland Tribune, Niagara Falls Review, Simcoe Reformer, St. Catharines Standard, Stratford Beacon-Herald, Woodstock Sentinel-Review, Chatham Daily News, Victoria Times Colonist, Waterloo Region Record

Mandate to obtain consent for withholding nonbeneficial cardiopulmonary resuscitation is misguided: A newly revised policy from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario requires consent for physicians to withhold cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), regardless of the clinical situation. This new requirement would prevent physicians from using their clinical judgment as they would for other medical treatments. -- James Downar      

Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) (Jan. 4, 2016)

Technology in Rehabilitation: In-Bed Cycling as a Tool for Early Rehabilitation in the Intensive Care Unit -- feature story on Michelle Kho's research.  Technology can be a helpful rehabilitation tool in the ICU, and therapists should understand the benefits of using technology that can fit the specific needs of a critically ill patient.

Physiotherapy Practice. 2016: 6(1): 6.

Why patients at the end of life may not be receiving the best care: Instituting a medical approach that puts the comfort of patients first would help address the real needs of patients nearing the end of life. -- James Downar & John Muscedere

Policy Options Politiques magazine (Jan. 4, 2016)

Also published in: Troy MediaHuffington PostVictoria Times ColonistWaterloo Region Record, Fredericton Daily Gleaner, Moncton Times & Transcript, Stratford Beacon-Herald

Spreading a better model of hospital care for older Canadians: By spreading best practices across provincial and territorial boundaries, we can ensure that older adults receive the care they need while also controlling costs, directing resources to the right places, and providing for the long-term sustainability of our publicly funded health-care systems. -- Samir Sinha

Ottawa Hill Times (Dec. 4, 2015)

Canada Must Address The Health Needs Of Its Aging Population: The risk of becoming frail increases with age, but the two are not synonymous, and factors like poverty and social isolation play a part. Poorer health outcomes for older seniors are surprising considering rising health budgets. Improving the quality of care for older Canadians means recognizing frailty and integrating evidence-based models of treatment and care. -- Russell Williams, CFN Board Chair

Huffington Post (Nov. 25, 2015)

CFN welcomes prominent Canadian health care leaders to Board of Directors -- CFN media release

CNW (Oct. 8, 2015)

Also published in: Longwoods Publishing


Respecting the needs wants of the elderly and frail. "My needs and wants, then, add up to a short list: respect for my continued dignity and personhood; staying in my home; no pain or suffering; and not being a burden to others. Major changes to health-care policies and practices are needed to meet those needs." -- Duncan Sinclair

Globe & Mail (July 14, 2015)

Better Health Care for Frail Elderly Canadians: How does Canada address the diverse care needs of a sharply rising population?Address by John Muscedere, CFN Scientific Director, to Taming of the Queue 2015 national conference. -- CFN media advisory

CNW (Apr. 14, 2015)