We Can't Address What We Don't Measure Consistently. Building Consensus on Frailty in Canada

This report is authored by Dr. Samir Sinha, Allan McKee, Ivy Wong, Julie Dunning, Michael Nicin, and Dr. John Muscedere. It shows that frailty is a common condition more prevalent in older populations, which increases an individual’s risk of falls, emergency department visits, hospitalization, institutionalization, and death. The problem, the authors argue, is that frailty is not being measured consistently in Canada, which makes it difficult for health providers and governments to address.
 
The report urges the research and health care communities to come to consensus on a common definition of frailty, and argues that clinicians need to consider social factors, such as poverty, housing and loneliness, which can contribute to how well individuals cope with frailty. 56 pages. Last reviewed September, 2018.

Home Adaptation Checklist

This checklist identifies environmental adaptations for seniors that could help prevent accidents and enhance independent living at home. Guidelines on how to hire a reputable contractor are included.

Annual Adult Health Checkup - Update on the Preventive Care Checklist form

The research article provides an update on changes to the Canadian Preventive Care Checklist (PCC) Form© including updates on vitamin D and calcium supplementation, depression screening and lifestyle modifications in obese patients, blood pressure targets in hypertension, dyslipidemia screening, and new vaccination recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). 5 Pages.

Wed. Feb. 6, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join Greg Hirsh for this presentation where he will discuss preliminary work utilizing a more sensitive assessment tool to explore the relationship between more subtle degrees of frailty and cardiac surgery outcomes. For more information or to register click here.

Wed. Jan. 23, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join James Downar for this presentation discussing a project that aimed to identify patients at risk of death to trigger health care providers to engage in Advance Care Planning activities. To learn more or register click here.

Working with your Health Care Team Explanation

Why is it important to be an active member of your health care team? Find out here. 

Insomnia Explanation

Learn about this common sleep problem in older adults, its causes and treatments. 

Sleep and Aging Explanation

This one-page handout explains the importance of sleep for older adults and provides some tips to getting a good night's rest. 

Colorectal Cancer Screening Explanation

Stretching Explanation

This document shows you several stretching exercises you can try at home. 

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