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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

Warren Buffet

Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness

Alberta’s population statistics highlight the critical need for innovative approaches to supporting an aging population: in 2013 Alberta’s population of seniors was just over 425,000; within nine years, that number is forecast to be 642,100 - a 33% increase.

The Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness champions a future where seniors can achieve optimal wellness and are supported to be independent, active and valued members of their communities. In partnership between Covenant Health and Alberta Health Services, the Network will tackle Alberta’s need for innovation in seniors’ health through:

  • collaboration
  • practical research
  • evaluation
  • knowledge dissemination .

Learn more about the Network from our Seniors' Forum 2014.

2015 Innovation Fund Results

The 2015 Innovation Fund competition sought proposals for innovative approaches and models to community-based care. The Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness congratulates the following successful applicants:

  1. Seniors Community Hub, Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network. Lead Applicant: Dr. Marjan Abbasi
    Project Goal: To improve quality, efficiency and coordination of care for frail seniors living in the community through a truly collaborative shared-care approach amongst primary care physicians, specialists, interdisciplinary teams, patients and family members/caregivers.
  2. Supporting Healthy Ageing by Peer Education and Support.  Lead Applicant: Dr. Adrian Wagg
    Project Goal: To train and support peer health coaches to promote healthy ageing behaviours that will positively impact the ability of seniors to ‘age in community.’
  3. Navigation Partnerships: Connecting, Accessing, Resourcing and Engaging Older Persons, Families and Communities. Lead Applicant:  Wendy Duggleby, PhD
    Project Goal:  To improve the quality of life for older adults with advanced chronic illness in rural communities through training and supporting volunteers to provide navigation services, education and connection to important resources.
  4. Transitions in Care: Early Identification and Support for Complex Older Adult Populations.  Lead Applicant: Lisa Jensen
    Project Goal:  To bridge the gap between hospital care and community supports upon discharge, with the goal of reducing the length of hospital stays and need for readmission. Complex patients at risk for readmission will be identified and supported by a targeted discharge plan and connections to community supports.
  5. Coaching for Older Adults with Osteoarthritis. Lead Applicant: Allyson Jones, PhD
    Project Goal:  To track and assess the effect of remote physiotherapist-led coaching which promotes physical activity among rural seniors who have undergone hip or knee replacements.

Projects initiated under the Fund will help enable seniors to live to the fullness of the capacity as active and connected members of their communities.  

Help shape care that honours seniors: click here to answer three questions.
Your input will help us provide leadership in building a care system that truly honours our seniors.