Medication optimization matters with older adults living with frailty

October 17, 2018

Older adults living with frailty and multiple chronic conditions are often prescribed many medicines, which by design address these conditions individually, but cumulatively may have a negative impact on health outcomes. This is known as polypharmacy, and it is a serious health concern affecting more than half of Canadians aged 65 years and older. Medications…

CFN and National Institute on Ageing issue paper on frailty assessment

October 4, 2018

More than 1 million Canadians are living with frailty, but a lack of consistent measurement of the condition is potentially exposing patients to inappropriate care. Canadian Frailty Network recently commissioned a report from the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) exploring this issue. The NIA/CFN report We Can’t Address What We Don’t Measure Consistently: Building Consensus…

CFN 2018 Frailty Innovation of the Year Announced

October 4, 2018

CFN created the FRAILTY MATTERS Innovation Showcase to put the spotlight on Canada’s best innovations to improve care for older Canadians living with frailty. A new idea taken back to your organization, or passed on to a care provider, policy-maker, citizen, advocate, caregiver or patient could be the seed to fuel improved care in your…

National seniors Day

October 1, 2018

October 1st is the United Nations International Day for Older Persons (UNIDOP), as well as National Seniors Day in Canada. The 2018 theme for the UNIDOP is Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions, while the Government of Canada encourages us to take today to celebrate older adults across Canada, especially those in our own lives. The…

What astronauts and seniors have in common

September 27, 2018

As it turns out, understanding the effects of space travel on the body may be important to understanding what happens to us here on Earth as we get older. And the reverse is also true: studying frailty in aging seniors has much to offer space travel. Read the latest op-ed from Dr. John Muscedere, CFN…

Time to confront #MeToo in medicine

August 20, 2018

Jayna Holroyd-Leduc, Chair of CFN’s Knowledge Translation Committee, and Sharon Straus, CFN Board Member, recently wrote an editorial in the August issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) calling for a culture of respect within medicine.

Top 5 Innovations announced

August 8, 2018

CFN created the FRAILTY MATTERS Innovation Showcase to put the spotlight on Canada’s best innovations in care for older adults living with frailty.