Enabling Healthy Aging to AVOID Frailty in Community Dwelling Older Canadians
Keywords:frailty, aging, activity, vaccine, optimized medications, social, diet, nutrition
The Canadian population is aging. With aging, biological and social changes occur increasing the risk of developing chronic conditions and functional loss leading to frailty. Older adults living with frailty are more vulnerable to minor stressors, take longer to recover from illness, and have difficulty participating in daily activities. The Canadian Frailty Network’s (CFN) mis-sion is to improve the lives of older adults living with frailty. In September 2019, CFN launched the Activity & Exercise, Vaccination, Optimization of medications, Interaction & Socialization, and Diet & Nutrition (AVOID) Frailty public health campaign to promote assessing and reducing risk fac-tors leading to the development of frailty. As part of the cam-paign, CFN held an Enabling Healthy Aging Symposium with 36 stakeholders from across Canada. Stakeholders identified individual and community-level opportunities and challenges for the enablement of healthy aging and frailty mitigation, as part of a focused consultative process. Stakeholders ranked the three most important challenges and opportunities at the individual and community levels for implementing AVOID Frailty recommendations. Concrete actions, further research areas, policy changes, and existing resources/programs to enhance the AVOID Frailty campaign were identified. The results will help inform future priorities and behaviour change strategies for healthy aging in Canada.
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