Seniors health

Measures to Reduce Sedentary Behaviour and Encourage Physical Activity in Persons 65 And Older Living at Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic led Québec, like many jurisdictions around the world, to recommend public health measures to slow propagation of the disease. Measures include limiting the number of contacts between individuals, physical distancing, physical barriers, handwashing, breathing etiquette, wearing of masks or face coverings, ventilation, and the disinfection and cleaning of surfaces. These measures are considered effective in reducing COVID-19 transmission and case numbers, but have also……

Rapid knowledge synthesis

COVID-19: Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Seniors in a Pandemic Context

This document is primarily intended for public health authorities and all stakeholders supporting interventions that address seniors. The content (findings and examples of actions) concern seniors who live at home (in a house, apartment, or collective housing including seniors’ residences) and are not necessarily appropriate for individuals living in residential facilities (CHSLDs, intermediary and family-type resources [RI-FTR]) even though some example actions can apply to these living…

Interim document

Health services use and frailty among Québec seniors with a minor fracture

Principaux constats :

Among individuals aged 65 years and older having suffered a minor fracture, 13.6% were considered frail while 5.2% were robust. This study shows that frail elderly seniors use health care more extensively after experiencing a minor fracture. It is possible to characterize seniors’ frailty status at a population level using an adaptation of a frailty index in the healthcare administrative databases.
Monitoring report

Cognitive Health, a New Target for Healthy Aging

Population aging is occurring particularly rapidly in Québec. Moreover, cognitive impairments increase with advancing age and become a more significant source of disability as seniors age. Cognitive impairments adversely affect the exercise of such mental functions as memory, judgment, attention, learning capacity and the ability to solve problems, and such impairment can have a significant impact on the ability to remain autonomous and on quality of life. The main types of cognitive…

Knowledge review

Helping Front-Line Health and Social Services Professionals Detect Elder Abuse: Summary

Elder abuse is increasingly acknowledged to be a health and social problem that must be addressed. Unfortunately, few recent studies provide a measure of the scope of the problem in Canada. The only Canada-wide study reports that 4% of seniors are victims of elder abuse in any given year. However, the actual proportion is probably higher, considering that such abuse is often misunderstood and under-reported.

It is important that the clinical community play a role in combatting this…

Synthesis and summary

Expedited knowledge synthesis on factors affecting implementation of integrated services networks for the elderly: the experts' viewpoint

This document summarizes the main observations delivered by the experts on the implementation processes involved for RSIPAs, thus constituting a part of the expedited knowledge synthesis we realised on this subject. We grouped the comments under six themes: a general appreciation of the model (even if this aspects extended beyond the object of the synthesis), questions related to the general governing of the system (at the ministerial level), those concerning appropriation at the local level…

Knowledge review

Falls Prevention Among Seniors Living at Home: Preliminary Recommendations for Clinical Practice Guidelines

Falls among seniors are a major public health problem. We estimate that approximately 30% of people aged 65 or over fall every year, with serious consequences at individual, family and social levels.

A number of effective interventions have been developed to prevent falls among the elderly, and physicians will be asked to include them in their practice. Therefore, it is essential to draw up and disseminate falls prevention practice guidelines that are based on recent scientific data…

Synthesis and summary