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…

The Biomarkers of Frailty: Building Consensus

May 17, 2019

On January 15, 2018 the Canadian Frailty Network hosted a workshop in Toronto bringing together experts in the field of biomarkers, aging and frailty. The objectives of the workshop were to start building a consensus on potential frailty biomarker domains and identify specific frailty biomarkers to be measured in Canadian Longitudinal Study on Ageing (CLSA)…

CFN on Parliament Hill: why frailty needs to be included in 2019 election platforms

April 29, 2019

Canadian Frailty Network Scientific Director Dr. John Muscedere and Board Chair Russell Williams were back on Parliament Hill April 29th to meet with the Liberal Seniors’ Caucus, co-chaired by Jean Yip, MP for Scarborough Agincourt (Ontario), and Churence Rogers, MP for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity (Newfoundland and Labrador). Read the backgrounder provided to the Caucus here (en français)….

CFHI Innovation Challenges: Launch of two new Innovation Challenges for teams

April 18, 2019

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and a coalition of leading healthcare organizations are launching two new Innovation Challenges focused on delivering more improvement for more people – and making it last. The Canadian Frailty Network is pleased to support these Innovation Challenges. The Challenges are for teams that want to move the dial on…

April 16 is Advance Care Planning Day in Canada: Have the Talk!

When it comes to planning for your future health care, are you, your family and friends prepared? If you were sick and couldn’t speak for yourself, would they know your wishes? All too often we assume people know what we’re thinking. The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “The single biggest problem in communication…

CJASN commends researchers for dialysis decision making study led by CFN Investigator Sean Bagshaw

March 22, 2019

Selection and Receipt of Kidney Replacement in Critically Ill Older Patients with AKI. Sean M. Bagshaw, Neill K.J. Adhikari, Karen E.A. Burns, Jan O. Friedrich, Josée Bouchard, Francois Lamontagne, Lauralyn A. McIntrye, Jean-François Cailhier, Peter Dodek, Henry T. Stelfox, Margaret Herridge, Stephen Lapinsky, John Muscedere, James Barton, Donald Griesdale, Mark Soth, Althea Ambosta, Gerald Lebovic, Ron…