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Funding for community programs helps keep Indigenous Elders in their homes

March 3, 2021

The Canadian Frailty Network has funded several projects designed to assist and support Indigenous people in caring for their Elders. One such project is called Keeping our Nlaka’pamux Elders at Home. Five Nlaka’pamux communities in British Columbia are working collaboratively on the project. This project supports three primary initiatives; social activity and knowledge sharing in the…

News Release: Government of Canada invests in first-of-its-kind research study on the health impacts of inactivity

February 23, 2021

News Release For Immediate Release Government of Canada invests in first-of-its-kind research study on the health impacts of inactivity Researchers seek to understand how to improve health of patients confined to bed rest—and for astronauts in space February 24, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Institutes of Health Research Canadians know the importance of physical…

Muscedere and Puxty: Seniors are not the problem – they’re part of the solution

February 17, 2021

COVID-19 has framed older Canadians as frail and vulnerable during the pandemic – for good reason. The pandemic has hit older adults particularly hard, accounting for the majority of those suffering from serious illness and death. Fear of COVID-19 contagion continues to impact seniors far more than most other Canadians, forcing them into stricter lockdown…

Improving Recovery after Surgery for Older Adults Living with Frailty

February 16, 2021

Late last year, Solange Lemieux developed a bowel obstruction. She was vomiting badly and feeling terrible. She went to her doctor, who immediately arranged for her to fly from St. Paul, Alberta, where she lives, to Edmonton. There, Dr. Rachel Khadaroo performed emergency surgery, which included removing part of the bowel, where the medical team…

Les aînés ne sont pas le problème: ils sont une partie de la solution: Op ed.

February 16, 2021

Avec la venue de la COVID-19, les Canadiens âgés ont été désignés comme fragiles et vulnérables – et pour cause. La pandémie a frappé particulièrement durement les personnes âgées, lesquelles représentent la majorité des gens qui ont été gravement malades ou qui sont décédés. Les personnes âgées craignent beaucoup plus la contagion que le reste de la…

Why healthy aging must be the upshot of COVID-19 pandemic: Hill Times Op ed.

February 10, 2021

In a recently published article in the Hill Times, CFN Scientific Director, John Muscedere, stresses the importance of supporting policies on healthy aging. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has unfairly categorized all older Canadians as vulnerable, however, many older adults make significant contributions to our communities and economy. Keeping them healthy and engaged benefits all Canadians. Read the…

Press Release: COVID-19 doesn’t care who you are, but the pandemic does

January 28, 2021

Press Release: COVID-19 doesn’t care who you are, but the pandemic does COVID-19 Experiences & Advance Care Planning (ACP) among Older Canadians: Influence of Age Group, Gender, & Sexual Orientation Aim We conducted a national survey of Canadians age 55+ to learn if some sub-groups are coping with the pandemic better than others and about…

For seniors, avoiding frailty fosters better health: Op ed.

January 18, 2021

Anyone who has played the game Jenga knows that a structure can continue to look solid and strong even as pieces are slowly removed. But, at a certain point, when too many health deficits occur, the structure topples. It is a good analogy for the effects of frailty. Looking at frailty in the context of…

Better treatment, respect needed for Canada’s older adults: Op ed.

January 12, 2021

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the pitfalls of how we approach ageing in our society. Currently we use a reactive, problem-based approach to ageing instead of a preventive, holistic approach. Preventing or delaying frailty won’t prevent COVID-19, but it will help make Canadian seniors more resilient generally, it will add quality of life to remaining…

CFN supports IFA consensus statement aiming to improve rates of adult pneumonia vaccination in Canada

December 23, 2020

On 20th October 2020, the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) convened an expert meeting entitled “Pneumonia vaccination in at-risk groups: A Canadian Perspective – Increasing relevance in a pandemic era.” Experts in the field of infectious diseases, leaders in patient, ageing and at-risk population organizations, professional associations and health care providers deliberated on the factors…