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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…

2021 Summer Student Awards Competition Now Open!

December 7, 2020

Every year, the Canadian Frailty Network invests in the future of frailty care by funding and training undergraduate students through an experiential program in partnership with member institutions and partners across the country. In New Brunswick, the competition is presented in collaboration with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF), with students from New Brunswick (NB) being funded…

Carving a Career Path in Geriatrics – CFN Fellow Sarah Dolsen’s Story

December 2, 2020

My name is Sarah Dolsen, and I have found so much fulfilment in my career as a nurse. More specifically, I feel my life and career have forever been impacted since finding my passion in Geriatrics and the care of older adults. I didn’t know anyone who was interested in Geriatrics when I was first…

Transforming Primary Care for Older Adults Living with Frailty: Dr. Paul Stolee

December 2, 2020

Dr. Paul Stolee is a Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. At Waterloo, he leads the Geriatric Health Systems Research Group, and is the Director of the University of Waterloo Network for Aging Research. Paul has been involved with CFN since its early days both as…