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Understanding patient populations and their frailty risk can support an appropriate and person-centered care approach. Community programs and services can play a critical role in interrupting the progression of frailty, setting up older patients  to age well in their home, and preventing institutionalization. Are your services set up to identify frailty and adequately address the needs of this patient population?

#During this webinar, you will...

  • Gain an understanding of frailty and learn about strategies for identifying, preventing and managing it.
  • Learn how various health sectors support patients to age well by hearing from experts in the field about their frailty initiatives and success stories.
  • Consider how you can target care and quality improvement initiatives using available health system data, resources and tools.

#Target audience

Health system planners, decision-makers, quality improvement leads, care providers, and care delivery managers in hospitals, communities, and health regions responsible for implementing programs and/or models of care to better meet the needs of Canadians living with frailty. 


Dr. John Muscedere, Scientific Director, Canadian Frailty Network

Dr. John Muscedere MD, FRCPC is a Professor of Medicine, Intensivist and Clinician Scientist at Queen’s University and Kingston Health Sciences Center. Dr. Muscedere’ s research focuses on improving outcomes by generating new evidence and knowledge translation through clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses focusing on nosocomial infections and frailty. He is the Scientific Director for the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN). CFN is dedicated to improving care for older Canadians living with frailty through the generation of new knowledge, knowledge mobilization, partnerships and training highly qualified personnel. CFN is developing public health initiatives for the prevention and mitigation of frailty through Regional Centers for Healthy Aging. For more information:  

Dr. Grace Park, Regional Medical Director, Specialized Community Health Services, Fraser Health

Dr. Grace Park is a family physician and the Regional Medical Director for Home Health and Specialized Community services for Complex Medical/Frail Seniors in Fraser Health Authority. She is also a clinical assistant professor with the Department of Family Practice at University of British Columbia. Dr. Park enjoys working with others to ensure smoother transitions for clients and seamless coordination of care within the health care system. She is actively involved with the Divisions of Family Practice in the work with the Integrated Health Network (IHN) and Community Actions and Resources Empowering Seniors (CARES) and is also working in collaboration with the United Way British Columbia in the development and roll out of a regional Social Prescribing program. She is currently working with the Canadian Frailty Network in promoting the AVOID frailty management program through the Pacific Regional Centre for Healthy Aging in BC.  

Tara Sawchuk, RN, Senior Practice Consultant, Elder Friendly Care, Alberta Health Services

Tara Sawchuk is an RN/Senior Practice Consultant for Alberta Health Services’ Provincial Seniors Health and Continuing Care. She worked in Cardiology, Emergency and had some eventful deployments as a reserve Nursing Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces before becoming a Clinical Nurse Educator for an inpatient geriatric rehab program. Now leading AHS Clinical Innovation and Practice Support’s “Elder Friendly Care” project, she and her team focus on developing processes and providing direct education and consultative support to bedside care teams.  EFC’s goal is for “frailty-informed care” to become standard care in Alberta hospitals.  

Ron Beleno, Patient and Caregiver Advocate for Aging Adults

Ron is an active advocate for dementia, caregiving, aging, and research communities. As a caregiver to his father who lived with Alzheimer's for 10+ years to age in place at home until January 2018, Ron utilized technology, community, creative strategies and access to research to support his family's life to live well and as best as possible. In recent years, Ron has been invited to do presentations locally and internationally for Alzheimer's/Dementia Societies, communities, police, educators, healthcare, innovators and corporations. He shares his knowledge on caregiving as we age, ways to use technology for caring, and living safely with dementia, especially for those at risk of wandering and going missing. He is an active member, advisor, and mentor to numerous organizations and educational institutions such as AGE-WELL NCE, Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) at Baycrest, City of Toronto's Seniors Strategy, SE Health (formerly known as Saint Elizabeth Health Care) and the Translational Research Program (TRP) at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine.


Wednesday, January 24, 2024 - 13:00
1:00 pm
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