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‘A phone call and a wave’: A caregiver’s story

June 2, 2020

Every day, Kim Neudorf leaves her Prince Albert, Saskatchewan home for the 30-minute walk that takes her to the retirement home where her mother Pearl lives. The home, of course, is now under limited visitation rules because of the COVID-19 pandemic. When Kim arrives, she calls her mother from a nearby walking path. Pearl comes…

News Release: CIHR & CFN filling the gap in COVID-19 research

June 2, 2020

For Immediate Release June 2, 2020 The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Frailty Network are filling the gap in COVID-19 research (Kingston, Ontario) – As we have seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults living with frailty have been disproportionately affected with devastating impacts. Though there is ongoing research that addresses COVID-19…

How Frailty Can Increase the Risk of COVID-19 and 5 Ways to Reduce It

June 1, 2020

The biggest indicator for complications from the coronavirus — even more than age — is frailty. “‘It’s really come to light that frailty is a much better indicator than age alone in making it through the other side of the COVID crisis,’ says Amy Doyle, manager of strategic partnership development for the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN).”…

AVOID Frailty: Increase Your Protein Intake!

May 29, 2020

Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod of BodyBreak discuss ways to improve your health and AVOID frailty -like increasing your protein intake! To learn more about how to AVOID frailty, click here!      

Deprescription vital to care and prevention of COVID-19 in older adults

May 27, 2020

CFN initially funded a pilot study for a tool called Med-Safer. This unique data was recently reanalysed and used to assess potentially harmful medication interactions in older adults at risk for COVID-19. Medications were flagged by MedSafer as being potentially inappropriate and new guidance was crafted around medication management for physicians contemplating the use of…

Caregiver Support is Paramount-CFN Fellow Sara Shearkhani’s Story

May 22, 2020

Hi, I’m Sara Shearkhani. I’m a PhD candidate at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. My research focus is on the economics of caregiving. I am an interdisciplinary fellow supported by the Canadian Frailty Network which has afforded me an opportunity to work with trainees and mentors from…

A Message from the Minister of Seniors

May 21, 2020

As Minister of Seniors, I wanted to take a moment to update you on the most recent initiatives the Government of Canada has undertaken to help seniors, their families and caregivers cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please feel free to share this message with your networks. COVID-19 has made life more difficult…

Mitigating the impacts of COVID‑19 in care homes

May 18, 2020

Published by Dal News, CFN Principal Investigator Kenneth Rockwood speaks to why residential care and nursing homes are being so heavily hit by the virus and what can be done to mitigate risks and protect the residents of these facilities. Read the full article