Wed. Dec. 6th at 12 noon EST, Nick Bansback and Logan Trenaman of the University of British Columbia will be talking about a new effort being made in Canada to involve patients in their own healthcare, and to help improve their experiences with care. Part of this effort means asking patients about their experiences in the hospital. Some important types of questions involve asking the patients what was most important to them in the hospital and some good or bad experiences they had there. To ask these types of questions, researchers are using a questionnaire called the Canadian Patient Experience Survey. The survey covers 48 different aspects about hospital care. Researchers think some aspects will matter a lot to some patients, while others will be less important to other patients. This study focused on elderly Canadians, and helped healthcare administrators understand which parts of hospital care experiences are most and least important to patients. Register here.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to the care of older adults in correctional settings. 5 pages. 

The Frailty Framework among Homeless and other Vulnerable Populations (FFHVP) has been developed from empirical research and consultations with frailty experts in an effort to characterize antecedents, i.e. situational health-related, behaviour, resource, biological, and environmental factors which contribute to physical, psychological and social frailty domains and impact and adverse outcomes.  

This summer edition of the Canadian Frailty Networks' Summer News includes a call for volunteer board and committee members, highlights from the 2017 conference and more.

On May 10th 2017,  Dr. Kenneth Rockwood presented this webinar to address questions regarding risk of dementia, approach to dementia diagnosis and special considerations for those who are frail.  Watch the recording here.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to frailty and older adults.  4 pages.

Paige Moorhouse, Tara Sampalli and Ashley Harnish presented this webinar about their community-based study where they assessed the implementation feasibility and impact of the "Frailty Portal" in the identification, raising awareness of, care planning and delivery of appropriate care for the frail population in community primary care practice.  Watch the recording of the webinar here.

Pre-frailty and frailty is an example of an elder care issue that, when identified and treated, may negatively impact quality metrics for the simple reasons that older adults don’t respond as well to treatment as younger cohorts.

The normal aging process is characterized by a progression of physiologic events that occur throughout the life cycle. Changes associated with aging occur throughout the body and are most prominent in the later years. Changes in the musculoskeletal system begin to occur after the third decade and continue into the eighth and ninth decades. The frailty syndrome can be described as a culmination of the effects of these changes on the human body.

It is important to establish whether frailty among older individuals is reversible with nutritional, physical, or cognitive interventions, singly or in combination. We compared the effects of 6-month-duration interventions with nutritional supplementation, physical training, cognitive training, and combination treatment vs control in reducing frailty among community-dwelling prefrail and frail older persons.

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