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How improving healthcare for the older adults living with frailty can also cut healthcare costs

Medical frailty already affects over one million Canadians.  It can be expensive and upsetting for older people living with frailty, and their loved ones.

Dr. John Muscedere explains how Canada’s healthcare system can better support frail people, who are typically elderly and more vulnerable.

Find out how better healthcare for people who are medically frail also improves care for people who are younger and have more resilience.

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About the interviewees:

John Muscedere is the Scientific Director and CEO of the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN), a not-for-profit organization funded in 2012 by the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program.

Interview by Neeta Das McMurtry for

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.

The complicated conditions of elderly and frail patients clash with the current healthcare system which tends to focus on treating single illnesses.

The key, he says, is a shift in attitude from a single illness approach to treating frail and elderly patients as a whole.

By relying less on sub-speciality medicine, and focusing more on expert generalist care, treatment can be improved. 

Changing the system won’t just benefit the elderly, claims Dr. Rockwood, it can also be used as a framework for improving care for all patients.

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About the interviewees:

Kenneth Rockwood is a geriatrician in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a researcher with Canadian Frailty Network (CFN), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving care for older Canadians living with frailty.

Interview by Dane Wanniarachige, journalist intern at