On Tuesday, January 16th from 12-1pm EST, Dr. Theodore D Cosco will discuss his experiences with longitudinal research over his career, some of the advantages of longitudinal research, notable longitudinal studies, and his ongoing work on resilience and healthy ageing.  Dr. Cosco will discuss how and why longitudinal studies provide a unique richness and depth of information in the investigation of the ageing process, touching on some of the relative advantages on extant ageing studies, notably the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study, the National Survey of Health and Development, and the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Dr. Cosco will also touch upon some of his ongoing research examining biopsychosocial trajectories of ageing, particularly with respect to the methodological approaches and practical applications of these concepts. Register here.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources on chronic health issues and the older adult. Resources included are related to Canadian population studies, supporting self-management, disease/condition specific publications and reports from around the globe. 3 pages.

This chapter from “A Call to Action for Health Reform” describes the extent of chronic illness in America and its implications for the health care system. Four out of five Americans over the age of 50 suffer from at least one chronic condition.  The authors include information on particular chronic illnesses along with strategies for successful care management.

This report from the Primary Health Care Advisory Group in Australia details the evidence for change and makes recommendations for the broad adoption of a new model of care and reforms to better meet the needs of those with chronic and complex health care needs. Many insights and recommendations may prove insightful for providers in other parts of the world.

This Australian report gives a comprehensive look at the need to focus on older people with chronic health conditions, what factors contribute to problems for these people, how care can be improved and suggestions for moving forward.

This report is an outcome of the project ICARE4EU and provides an overview of how European countries are coping with the challenges of multimorbidity, different integrated care programmes, methodological considerations and implications.  

This report reviews the impact of depression on the lives of older adults in Canada and the Chronic Care Model (CCM) as a framework for improving the management of conditions like depression. The authors set out to identify barriers and facilitators to the implementation of chronic care intervention models for late-life depression in different Canadian primary care settings and then to test and evaluate strategies to overcome those barriers. 

This publication describes a survey of older adults with chronic health conditions seen in primary care regarding the daily spiritual experiences (DSE), perceptions of health, pain, energy and depression. The authors concluded that an increase in DSE may be associated with more energy and less depression.

This paper discusses the literature on single disease state self-management with an aim of identifying potentially useful approaches for supporting complex chronic disease (CCD) self-management. They discuss negotiation of the goals of care, communicating with patients, engaging patients in behaviour change, reducing information processing burden, minimizing the negative impact on health-related quality of life and suggestions for future research.

This study involved exploring the use of a simple tool to elicit older adults’ health come priorities to help the decision making process regarding different treatment options.

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