This webinar focused on how malnutrition and frailty are associated and impact function and the risk for falls.  Nutrition risk screening was discussed as a way forward for the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition and falls.

If you’re having more and more difficulty with everyday activities such as showering, dressing, getting around the house, and running errands, an assisted living facility may be the answer. You can get the daily support you need, while remaining as independent as possible. Making the decision to leave your home can be difficult, but by taking time to find the right fit and being honest about your needs and concerns, you can you can make the choice that’s right for you and ensure your senior years are happy and fulfilling.

On March 15th 2017, Emily King presented an introduction to the principles of safe body mechanics and examination of how these can apply to common care scenarios.  Examples and recommendations were drawn from recent research on caregiver safety and ways to promote independent mobility.  

March 6-8, 2017 the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario is offering this clinical education opportunity at the Ottawa Hospital.  Click here for the pdf registration form.

Dr. John Puxty, Geriatrician & Director of the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care, gave an overview of Frailty & Common Comorbidities  in an online presentation to health care professionals in South East Ontario via the Ontario Telemedicine Network on January 17th, 2017.  A copy of the event flyer and link to the presentation recording are available.

Widespread use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to screen for prostate cancer began in the early 1990s. Advocates for screening assert that this has caused a decrease in prostate cancer mortality. The researchers sought to describe secular changes in prostate cancer incidence and mortality in Canada in relation to the onset of PSA screening.

Women may also particularly benefit from seeking health information from the Internet, because they are more likely than men to be living with chronic disease. Gender differences in Internet use18 include women utilizing social networking sites more often than men, and women having higher quality perceptions of eHealth searching and information dissemination compared with men. We maintain that women are not only more likely to conduct e-health information searches than their male counterparts but also more interested in health-related issues overall.

The objective of this study was to analyse how hospitalisation after the age of 60 affected individuals' health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The main hypothesis was that a hospital admission in old age can be seen as a proxy of ill health and possibly as a health divider, separating life into a healthy and an unhealthy part. The extent to which this is true depends on which disease individuals face and how functional ability and HRQoL are affected.

The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism developed these guidelines with special considerations of older adults.  The authors point out that studies have shown an inverse relationship between nutritional status and complication rates, length of stay in hospital, etc.  Nutrition should be an integral part of an older adults overall care plan.  6 pages.  Last reviewed January 2017.

This Canadian study validates cut-points for a frailty index (FI) to identify seniors at risk of a hospital-related event.  Information about the prevalence of frailty among Canada's community-dwelling seniors is important for policy development and health resources planning.  10 pages. Last reviewed January 2017.