Supporting older adults displaced by wildfires
Many older adults have been evacuated from long term care homes during the wildfires in B.C. and the Northwest Territories. Dr. Roger Wong discuss the impacts—and how to support.
Aug 24, 2023
How to protect seniors living in long-term care from social isolation
In many ways, seniors have become the face of COVID-19, with nearly 80 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in Canada connected to long-term care homes. With tightened visiting restrictions in place, social isolation has become a real threat for many living in care, increasing the risk of loneliness, anxiety and depression.
May 6, 2020
Protecting the health of seniors during COVID-19
While public health experts recommend seniors stay home and protect themselves, concerns have also been raised about the potential negative effects of isolation. Join UBC experts who will address these issues and answer your questions.
Apr 29, 2020
Home exercise program reduces rate of falling in at-risk seniors
An in-home exercise program reduced subsequent falls in high-risk seniors by 36 per cent, according the results of a 12-month clinical trial published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Jun 4, 2019
Some seniors entering long-term care homes too soon: UBC expert
With seniors now outnumbering children in Canada, an increasing number of families are caring for aging loved ones.
Jun 26, 2018
Seniors stick with fitness routines when they work out together
Older adults are more likely to stick with a group exercise program if they can do it with people their own age, a new University of British Columbia study has found.
Apr 27, 2018
Serious pain afflicts a third of nursing home residents in last six months of life
Many nursing home residents have a fairly pain-free experience until the end of life, but at least a third suffer persistent, significant pain during their last six months.
Jun 29, 2017
Canada spends over $400 million on medicine that harms seniors
Canada spends more than $400 million annually on drugs prescribed to seniors even though the medicines should be avoided for older patients, according to new UBC research.
Jun 22, 2016
Preventing dementia: new research by VCH and UBC shows the trajectory of cognitive decline can be altered in seniors at risk for dementia
Cognitive decline is a pressing global health care issue. Worldwide, one case of dementia is detected every seven seconds. Mild cognitive impairment is a well recognized risk factor for dementia, and represents a critical window of opportunity for intervening and altering the trajectory of cognitive decline in seniors.
Apr 23, 2012
Sedatives, mood-altering drugs related to falls among elderly: UBC study
Falls among elderly people are significantly associated with several classes of drugs, including sedatives often prescribed as sleep aids and medications used to treat mood disorders, according to a study led by a University of British Columbia expert in pharmaceutical outcomes research.
Nov 23, 2009