Online series focusses on avoiding frailty

The Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, in partnership with the Canadian Frailty Network and the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation offers a series of online events titled “AVOID Frailty: Virtual Education Series for Older Adults”.

Older adults and caregivers are invited to participate in one or all sessions in this multi-part series, free of charge.  During each session participants will learn more about frailty, find out what can be done to lessen the risk of frailty, and be able to ask questions of the speaker.

The next session, “AVOID Frailty: How Interacting with Others Can Reduce Risk”, is on Monday, March 22, 2021 from 1- 2 p.m. and will be presented by Dr. John Puxty, Geriatrician at Queen’s University Department of Medicine.

Frailty is a medical condition of reduced function and health in older adults. Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean someone is frail, but it does increase the odds of developing multiple medical conditions and frailty.  Older adults and caregivers living in South East Ontario are invited to participate in this one-hour online education session to learn more about how interacting with others can reduce frailty.  By the end of this session you will understand frailty and its impact on health; appreciate the importance of social interactions; be aware of risk factors and possible negative outcomes of social isolation and loneliness; be able to identify strategies to improve interactions.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from Dr. John Puxty, a Geriatrician, Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Queen’s University, and Director of the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health. He has a primary interest in promoting healthy aging and wellness for older adults through his ongoing research in aging, age friendly communities, memory disorders, and knowledge mobilization strategies. Find the link for this and for future sessions at www.sagelink.ca and click on “events”.

Upcoming events in the series will explore how the following strategies can reduce frailty:  Vaccinations & Optimizing Medications (April 19); Diet & Nutrition (May 17); and Activity (June 21). If you have any difficulty registering, please contact Sasha Puxty, Project Coordinator puxtya@providencecare.ca or call 613-985-1603. Community Care can offer seniors many opportunities to improve their interactions by participating in our online webinars on a variety of topics; calling in to our many telephone group sessions; signing up to receive regular reassurance calls from our fabulous and friendly volunteers; or getting involved as a volunteer.

Check the calendar on our website at www.communitycareforseniors.org or call 613-476-7493.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes