$800,000 dedicated to frailty and COVID-19 research

July 29, 2020

The Canadian Frailty Network and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Aging have come together providing $500,000 and $300,000 respectively to fund six projects focused on investigating the interaction between frailty and COVID-19 in older adults. 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 in older Canadians, this funding will fill the gap in COVID-19 research which is yet to address frailty specifically.

In Canada today, one in every four Canadians between the ages of 65-84 years is considered medically frail (1.5 million older adults), and by age 85 that number increases to 50 per cent. As Canada’s only research network focused on frailty and vulnerable older adults, CFN’s mission is to improve care for older Canadians living with frailty and their family caregivers through research, knowledge translation, training of the next generation of health care providers and health promotion messaging such as the AVOID frailty program.

Congratulations to the teams receiving funding!

Click here to read more about the competition.

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