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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

The world connects not by molecules. It connects through ideas, hopes, faces, dreams, actions, stories and memories.

Barrie Sanford Greiff

Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness

Alberta’s demographics 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. The Network gives voice to seniors and partners with them, their families, academics and staff to design, test and spread ideas that will enable seniors to live to their fullest capacity as active and connected members of their communities.

Giving Voice to Seniors

In late 2015, the Network reached out to Albertans to hear their thoughts on components of care that honours seniors. Read a summary of what we heard.

2015 Innovation Fund Results

The 2015 Innovation Fund competition sought proposals for innovative approaches and models to community-based care. The Network congratulates the following successful applicants.

  1. Seniors Community Hub, Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network.
    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 Aging by Peer Education and Support.  
    Dr. Adrian Wagg

    Project Goal: to train and support peer health coaches to promote healthy aging 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.
    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.  
     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.
    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.


Learn about the 2014 Innovation Fund.