News Archives 2015

December 15, 2015

LIVE Study launch

Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou presented on the study, which will look at whether IV treatment in long term care homes will support better outcomes for residents.

Researchers at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) have developed a strategy aimed at preventing falls and fractures for seniors residing in long-term care homes. It calls upon health care teams to improve vitamin D prescribing behaviours ‒ a big ask, but it could lead to a reduction in hip fractures.

Congratulations to GERAS Affiliated Scientist, Dr. Lora Giangregorio, for winning the prestigious Bloomberg Manulife Prize for Promotion of Active Health.

Video feature with Dr. Marla Shapiro – Canada AM’s Health and Medical Expert.

In older adults living in long-term care facilities, fractures cause pain, agitation, immobility and transfer to hospital. Based on systematic reviews of the evidence, this guideline provides recommendations to prevent fractures in this vulnerable group. Listen to find out more. 

A new guideline that aims to prevent fractures in residents of long-term care facilities is targeted at frail seniors and their families as well as health care workers. The guideline, published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), was developed with input from residents of long-term care facilities and their families, as well as researchers and health care professionals.

First Canadian long-term care guideline for the prevention and treatment of fragility fractures in residents at long-term care homes now available. Osteoporosis Canada today released the first-ever national guideline on preventing fractures in long-term care homes, where fractures are significantly more common than among seniors in the community.

TORONTO – If there’s one thing Devora Greenspon wants to avoid, it’s taking a tumble that could fracture one of her brittle bones, especially a hip. At 83, the Toronto long-term care resident knows what can happen to seniors who suffer a fall — she’s been there and the results can be disastrous.

Congratulations to Thom Ringer, a Degroote Medical Student at McMaster University and the GERAS Centre, for winning second place presentation, Medical Student Category at Combined University Geriatric Medicine Research Day. 

The Hamilton Spectator pays tribute to St. Peter’s Hospital in honour of seniors month and highlights GERAS’ role to improve seniors quality of life. 

Canadian study finds treatment gap in patients with prior hip fracture; knowledge transition strategies are needed to encourage improved secondary fracture prevention in all high-risk patients.

Finding better ways to care for our seniors is at the heart of a new study which will be led by researchers at the Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences Centre.

Medical Pharmacies Group Limited (MPGL) has provided a three year investment to support collaborative research initiatives at McMaster University’s Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre.

Aliya Ramjaun, a second year medical student at the University of Toronto, was recently awarded the GERAS sponsored NGIG research award for her project on the associations between delirium and age-specific risk factors evaluated in older emergency department patients.

Thom Ringer, a DeGroote Medical Student at McMaster University and research assistant at The GERAS Centre was awarded the 2015 Willard and Phebe Thompson Award for best student presentation for his work on “Frailty Predicts Degree of Caregiver Burden in Older Adults Attending a Geriatric Outpatient Clinic.”

The GERAS Centre has received a grant of $300 from the Retired Women Teacher’s of Ontario – Hamilton Wentworth Division to go towards research in optimal aging.