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Call for Applications Open: Advancing Frailty Care in the Community Collaborative

July 9, 2019

To improve care for older people with frailty and support their caregivers, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and Canadian Frailty Network invite you to join the Advancing Frailty Care in the Community (AFCC) Collaborative. This initiative will help you enhance your capacity to partner with patients and family/friend caregivers to improve the identification, assessment and implementation of tailored…

CFN Op-ed: Older people are at greater risk from climate change

July 5, 2019

Every senior needs an emergency preparedness plan, developed with families and friends, and home care agencies. But government agencies and disaster management agencies must also take into account the unique needs of older Canadians living with frailty. CFN Scientific Director John Muscedere and Network Investigator George Heckman weigh-in on the consequences of climate change for older…

Research published by the IFA suggests that influenza vaccination has an additional layer of benefit– preventing frailty

July 4, 2019

A report released today by the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) highlights a key finding; the annual flu shot may have a protective effect in addition to preventing or reducing the severity of infection. The “Secondary Benefits of Influenza Vaccination” report found that the influenza vaccine may be effective in reducing the incidence and severity…

Frailty and Aging: How the Danish Experience Might Inform Canada

July 3, 2019

In keeping with CFN’s mandate to learn from international partnerships, Dr. Muscedere, CFN Scientific Director and CEO mobilized a group of Canadian healthcare leaders, researchers and clinicians to visit Denmark  in May 2018. Their goal was to see first-hand why Denmark is widely recognized as a world leader in providing effective healthcare and practical living support to…

Taking the Pulse of the Nation: CFN Cross Country Collaboration Tour

CFN is re-engaging with citizens, researchers, partners and policy makers to refine our understanding of their needs, to incorporate in our strategic planning. CFN has finalized an ambitious plan and agenda for 2019 with committed partners to visit cities across Canada such as: Yellowknife, Prince George, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. The plan…

Connecting with the North: CFN Cross Country Collaboration Tour

June 12, 2019

CFN Scientific Director John Muscedere and Board Chair were honoured to be invited to participate in and speak with attendees at the annual Hotıì ts’eeda, Northwest Territories SPOR, Ełèts’ehdèe gathering May 21-24, 2019. While participating in a Sharing Circle held on Chief Drygeese Territory, traditional territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, John and Russell were able…

Beyond bedrest: maintaining mobility during hospital stays

June 10, 2019

“Older people who are very frail are already so low on muscle mass that a long period of almost-complete inactivity can easily tip them over the edge into a really bad situation,” says Dr. Olga Theou, a frailty researcher at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “So after a prolonged stay in hospital, the person…

Fighting frailty with food: early screening for malnutrition in hospitals

June 6, 2019

If you’re over 65 and you’re in the hospital for more than two days, there is a 45 per cent chance you’re malnourished. In other words, you might not be getting enough of the calories or nutrients you need to recover from your illness or injury. As a result, you might have to stay longer…