The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network website is a resource page where people can find information on living with RA. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can make it difficult to live a full, healthy life. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage these symptoms — from medications to lifestyle changes. 

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.

On Sept. 13th at 12EST, Rose Geist and Richard Shulman will present about how Trillium Health Partners (THP) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have successfully used a utilization management tool, the Level of Care Utilization System for Psychiatric and Addiction Services (LOCUS) in their adult clinical mental health populations. Both hospitals now plan to implement the LOCUS in the seniors’ populations as a quality improvement project by adding a frailty dimension to the LOCUS tool. This study assessed how well three specific tools, the “Clinical Frailty Scale”, the “LOCUS”, and the “6 D’s” could identify the current level of healthcare utilization for older adults with medical and psychiatric co-morbidities. Register here.

On July 26th at 12 EST, Michelle Howard will talk about the iGAP study and its aim to increase Advance Care Planning in primary care.  They are collaborating with 20 primary care settings in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta that will help them develop, evaluate and implement ACP tools and strategies. In addition, they will be building a network of stakeholders interested in ACP in primary care and partnering with provincial and national organizations to share their findings.  Register here.

12-1pm on July 12th, Paul Stolee and Jacobi Elliott, University of Waterloo  will discuss how very brief tools will be used to screen all seniors in the primary care practice, and identify those who are at greater risk of developing problems. Those at higher risk can then be evaluated in greater depth, and connected with appropriate health care services as soon as possible. Our highly qualified team will work with these care practices to develop and evaluate a model of care to accomplish these tasks. Register here.

Informal caregivers are important resources for community-dwelling frail elderly. But caring can be challenging. To be able to provide long-term care to the elderly, informal caregivers need to be supported as well. The aim of this study was to review the current best evidence on the effectiveness of different types of support services targeting informal caregivers of community-dwelling frail elderly. 16 pages. Last reviewed April 2017.

The authors propose that practice nurse-led, comprehensive geriatric assessments (CGAs) may increase access to tailored pain care for frail, older people who live at home. To explore this, we investigated whether new pain cases were identified by practice nurses during CGAs administered as part of an intervention with the Geriatric Care Model, a comprehensive care model based on the Chronic Care Model, and whether the intervention led to tailored pain action plans in care plans of frail, older people. 9 pages. Last reviewed April 2017.

The purpose of this systematic review of randomized, controlled trials was to examine the exercise interventions to manage frailty in older people. 16 pages. Last reviewed April 2017.

David Kanters presented this webinar about research that was done to evaluate the frailty of participants in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). A Frailty Index (FI) was constructed for CLSA participants based on the cumulative deficit model of frailty. A new frailty measurement tool was created and its construct validity evaluated.

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