Federal funding is ending but frailty still matters

New Frontiers in Research Fund supported valuable, long-term work. The program replacing it leaves huge gaps

Federal funding is ending but frailty still mattersBy Russell Williams and John Muscedere The federal government has announced the end of funding for its Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. This is not good news for Canadians. The program has long been touted as the jewel of the federal government’s sciences research support – and programs around the world have been…

Let’s make Canadian hospitals more senior-friendly

Hospitals need to identify vulnerable patients with complex needs so they can quickly address and minimize complications

Let’s make Canadian hospitals more senior-friendlyBy George Heckman and Paul Hébert EvidenceNetwork.ca Canadians are living longer. Unfortunately, our hospitals aren’t ready for them. Canadians over 65 years old use more than 40 per cent of hospital services, a demand that continues to rise. But as they age, Canadians hope to stay at home as long as possible. If hospitalization is…

Pilot project aims to make home more affordable

Eatonia Oasis Living celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier in 2018. The home has 24 rooms for residents

Pilot project aims to make home more affordable  Kenneth Brown of The Crossroads The new Resident Support Program is a pilot project being implemented by Eatonia Oasis Living to help make the care home more affordable for area residents. Eatonia Oasis Living Inc., a privately-operated non-profit care home, has been struggling to keep its beds full in recent years and the organization…

Common surgical knee procedure doesn’t provide much benefit

A growing body of research shows that most older adults will get the same long-term outcomes from less invasive treatment

Common surgical knee procedure doesn’t provide much benefitBy Eric Bohm and Ivan Wong EvidenceNetwork.ca Nearly half of Canadians aged 65 and over experience osteoarthritis in their knees. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of bones wears down over time leading to pain, stiffness and decreased mobility. It frequently occurs in the…

More medical tests, treatments not always the best

You can have too much of a good thing when it comes to medicine for older adults

More medical tests, treatments not always the bestPrevailing wisdom states that more is better – and it’s no different when it comes to our expectation of medical treatments. With the help of the Internet, patients and their families have come to expect intensive tests, treatments and therapies at every life stage. But sometimes, too much treatment can do more harm than good.…

Care home celebrates 20 years of operation

The event included an evening of live music, and an open house with family members, friends and other visitors

Care home celebrates 20 years of operation  Kenneth Brown of The Crossroads Eatonia Oasis Living is 20 years old and the organization, along with its staff and residents, have celebrated two decades of operation for the care home. The care home and its people held a celebration over two days last weekend. The organization held a celebration on Oct. 26 at…

New health-care facility in Leader holds grand opening

The new facility brings together acute care, emergency medical services, community health services and primary health care into one location

New health-care facility in Leader holds grand opening  by T. Martin-Schmunk of The Crossroads It was a day to celebrate on Oct. 26, 2018, as people gathered from near and far to commemorate the grand opening of the Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility. The event also noted the renovations made at the Western Senior Citizens Home. Among the distinguished guests were…

We can help seniors struggling with depression

Aging carries with it increased risk of depression, often as the result of other conditions and even as a side-effect of medication

We can help seniors struggling with depressionDepression among senior citizens rarely gets get much public attention but it is a significant problem – and it can be addressed. In a culture that prizes youth and activity above most other things, the whole idea of aging is often considered depressing. So it is not uncommon for us to feel that loneliness, sadness and even…

Do intentional communities make retirement sense?

Picturing a idyllic rural setting with exercise, freedom, stimulation – and support as needed. All crafted to cater to seniors

Do intentional communities make retirement sense?My Mom is still teaching me life lessons in her 90s. Chief of these recently has been the creation of an intentional community in which to retire. After a year spent essentially nursing my father through his final days in a fashionable, for-profit Vancouver rest home, he died and she decided to move into an…

Prolonged journeys in space help inform research into frailty

Astronauts and seniors with frailty have much in common and innovative research may help solve problems for both

Prolonged journeys in space help inform research into frailtyFor decades, researchers have studied the effects of reduced physical activity on astronauts during prolonged journeys to space. But what's surprising is one of the uses of that research. It turns out that understanding the effects of space travel on the body may be important to understanding what happens to us on Earth as we…
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