This National Institute on Ageing report discusses why older adults are more vulnerable to influenza, the steps that some are taking to better prevent older adults from getting the flu, and proposes 8 evidence-informed policies to reduce the risk of influenza among our older people. 

This chapter from “A Call to Action for Health Reform” describes the extent of chronic illness in America and its implications for the health care system. Four out of five Americans over the age of 50 suffer from at least one chronic condition.  The authors include information on particular chronic illnesses along with strategies for successful care management.

This report from the Primary Health Care Advisory Group in Australia details the evidence for change and makes recommendations for the broad adoption of a new model of care and reforms to better meet the needs of those with chronic and complex health care needs. Many insights and recommendations may prove insightful for providers in other parts of the world.

This Australian report gives a comprehensive look at the need to focus on older people with chronic health conditions, what factors contribute to problems for these people, how care can be improved and suggestions for moving forward.

This report is an outcome of the project ICARE4EU and provides an overview of how European countries are coping with the challenges of multimorbidity, different integrated care programmes, methodological considerations and implications.  

This study by CIHI  (Canadian Institute for Health Information) examined the reported experiences of seniors in Canada being treated for chronic conditions in primary health care settings.

The investigators used data from the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey to focus on individuals who reported having one or more high-prevalence or high-impact chronic health condition to report on prevalence rates for specific chronic conditions, the prevalence of co-morbidity as well as health care use. They found that more than half of seniors who have chronic conditions reported more than one long-term health problem. The investigators state there is a need for better prevention and management of chronic conditions.

"This nursing best practice guideline (BPG)* is a comprehensive document that provides resources for evidencebased nursing practice. It is not intended to be a manual or “how to” guide, but rather a tool to guide best practices and enhance decision-making for nurses and other health-care providers working with adults (18 years and older) who are at risk for falls and fall injuries. The Guideline should be reviewed and applied in accordance with both the needs of individual organizations or practice settings, and the needs and preferences of persons and their families accessing the health system for care and services. In addition, the Guideline offers an overview of appropriate tructures and supports for providing the best possible evidence-based care." 129 Pages. Last reviewed October, 2017.

This information sheet describes the risk of dependency on benzodiazepines, associated withdrawal symptoms, and effective interventions to manage withdrawal symptoms in seniors. 

This fact sheet covers screening and identification, diagnosis and management strategies of alcohol misuse and dependence in older adults.

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