Media Advisory - Better Health Care for Frail Elderly Canadians: How does Canada address the diverse care needs of a sharply rising population?

KINGSTON, ON, April 14, 2015 /CNW/ -



Address by Dr. John Muscedere, TVN Scientific Director Taming of the Queue 2015 national conference


Fairmont Château Laurier (Adam Room) – Ottawa, ON


8:30 a.m., Thursday, April 16, 2015  

National Issue:

Dr. Muscedere will discuss the prevalence of frail health in Canada and how the healthcare system – and, in particular, evidenced-based frailty screening – needs to evolve to address one of its most significant challenge: the growth in the number of frail elderly Canadians who need more complex health care, yet who need more diverse options on the care they receive.


- The number of Canadians living 85+ years is growing dramatically, but so is the prevalence of multiple and chronic health conditions they experience ("frailty").

-  Frail elderly Canadians are vulnerable – at high risk of adverse health outcomes and increased use of community resources, hospitals and long-term care facilities.

-  Seniors account for 14% of Canada's population, but occupy 85% of acute care beds in hospitals; 40% of patients in hospital ICUs are 70+ years of age.


TVN is Canada's network for frail elderly care solutions. Funded by the Government of Canada through the Networks of Centres of Excellence, we support original research, study innovative technologies and train the next generation of healthcare professionals and scientists to improve healthcare outcomes for frail elderly Canadians in all settings of care. Recognizing that frail elderly Canadians may be nearing the end of life, TVN is dedicated to improving their advance care planning and end-of-life care. Visit our website and join in the conversation on Twitter @TVN_NCE and Facebook.


SOURCE TVN (Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network)

Image with caption: "The wellbeing of older Canadians is complicated by multiple health conditions they experience as they age. Our healthcare system needs new evidence-based tools and practices to help frail elderly Canadians receive the treatment and care they need and deserve, says Dr. John Muscedere. (CNW Group/TVN (Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network))". Image available at:

For further information: Contact/Interviews: Denis Abbott, TVN: tel 613-549-6666 ext. 6209;


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