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Seniors Month: Trends in healthcare research for older adults

Jun 14, 2021
By Guylaine Spencer

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June is Seniors Month, and a good time to reflect on the healthcare needs of older adults.  

Several researchers in the McMaster School of Nursing focus on that subject year-round, and are experts in this field. Below is a snapshot of some of the issues they are studying. At the bottom of the page are links to each researcher’s profile page where you can learn more about their projects.    

  • Sheila Boamah: I am working with family caregivers and older adults in long-term care to explore the ongoing effects of social isolation related to COVID-19.
  • Kathryn Fisher: My research is about finding ways to help older adults with multiple chronic health conditions to remain in their homes, maintain their independence, and maximize their quality of life.
  • Rebecca Ganann: My research is about partnering with older adults to create new ways to improve health and their maintain independence as they age. My research also explores how we can help improve services in ways that all older adults living in the community can access and use them.
  • Sharon Kaasalainen:  My research is about finding ways to help residents, families and staff prepare for decisions at the end of a resident’s life.
  • Maureen Markle-Reid: My research focuses on co-developing and testing new ways to provide community-based services to improve care and outcomes for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their caregivers.
  • Melissa Northwood: I am working with health and social care providers to better integrate the care of older adults and their family caregivers. For example, I am part of a team designing and testing programs to prevent social isolation in older immigrants.

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