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.

This publication aims to assist primary care physicians  understand important considerations when prescribing for older adults with cognitive impairment.  7 pages. Last reviewed September 2018.

This article describes a randomized trial investigating the effectiveness of targeted patient-centred pharmacist-physician team medication therapy management (MTM) on clinical dementia rating (CDR). The findings show promise to optimizing outcomes for medication use in older adults.  10 pages. Last reviewed September, 2018. 

This publication takes an infographic approach to share information gatered from 2016 Canadian Census data. 8 pages. Last reviewed September 2018.

This review explores the evidence which stronly supports the positive association between increased levels of physical activity, exercise participation and improved health in older adults. 7 pages. Last reviewed September 2018.

This publication investigates the predominantly sedentary lifestyles of older adults in the UK and how they can be encouraged to increase their activity levels, including possible risks and benefits. 24 pages. Last reviewed September 2018.

Nov. 8th from 2-3:30 PM EST at the Atrium, Hamilton. ONF has partnered with the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging to bring together a panel of experts for a presentation entitled "Fall Prevention for Older Adults With Cognitive Impairment". The panel will discuss what is needed to mitgate the risk of falls, particularly in those who are vulnerable. To learn more or to register click here, call 905-525-9140 ext. 21056 or email MIRAinfo@McMaster.ca.

October 26, 2018 at 12PM EST. The webinar features speakers, Dr. Gail Dobell and Kathryn McCulloch who will discuss a collaboration with Health Shared Services Ontario and Health Quality Ontario to improve measurement of the client and caregiver experience for home and community care.  To learn more or to register click here.

The purpose of this paper was to provide a summary of research on social engagement and brain health. 28 pages. Last reviewed October 2018.

This study described in this article aimed to investigate the contributing role of daily living functioning and social engagement in enhancing wellness. 10 pages. Last reviewed October 2018.

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