Care for Seniors
As our population continues to age, comprehensive care for seniors has never been more varied or complex. Our Advisory Committee on Seniors Care is committed to providing high quality care to seniors through an exploration of latest trends and educational topics for elder patient care.
In 2002, the College prepared a report summarizing the current situation and limitations of the current system in relation to:
- The role of family physicians in caring for the elderly
- The role of the College in caring for the elderly
- The role of the university (educational) in training family physicians in caring for the elderly.
As a member of the Alberta Seniors Care Coalition (ASCC), the Alberta College of Family Physicians is pleased to have hosted a joint Seniors Conference around the theme of Working Together for Seniors Care.
This inaugural event was designed to bring together organizations in Alberta that share a commitment to improve and advance seniors care in Alberta. The Seniors Conference focused on relevant and thought-provoking topics in seniors health care. The conference included breakout sessions that combined evidence, experience, and patient values.
The Conference was applicable to family physicians and other health care professionals who are providing care to an aging population.
For more information about the ASCC, please visit their website.
Publications and Resources on Seniors Care:
- Alberta Patients—Seniors’ Care Question and Responses document
- Seniors Care Policy Paper and Recommendations
- Family Physician and Seniors Care Survey Report 2009 Survey
- Care of Elderly Training
- Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network: The Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network (SH SCN) brings together a diverse group of stakeholders – clinicians, researchers, patients, families, and decision makers – to focus on reshaping and improving health care services and practices that enable seniors to optimize their health, well-being and independence.
Working Together for Seniors Care in Alberta – A Collaborative Forum
The ACFP’s Advisory Committee on Seniors Care identified a need to provide a forum for discussion, advocacy, and leadership for seniors care in Alberta. The Working Together for Seniors Care in Alberta—A Collaborative Forum took place on April 26, 2014 and brought together representatives from various Government offices, AHS, AH, AMA, family physicians, and caregivers. The Forum was engaging and informative, and has been foundational in enabling a framework for positive change for the care of the elderly.
All speakers were asked to do a 20 minute presentation on what direction their organization is taking with regards to senior and frail elderly care.
- Dr. Gelber, PCN Evolution, provided comment on the above request from the PCN perspective
- Dr. Duncan Robertson provided comment on the above request on behalf of Seniors Strategic Clinical Network
- Dr. Karen Hughes provided comment from a Caregiver’s perspective for her senior parent.
- Minister Quest provided comment on the above request on behalf of the Alberta Government.
- Mr. Mike Gormley provided comment on the above request on behalf of the AMA.