Working to improve the health system for older adults
Older people, particularly those with chronic illnesses, are the biggest users of health care services, yet the health care system is not always organized to meet their needs. Canada's health system is still oriented to an acute, episodic model of care, which does not meet the complex needs of older patients.
The Geriatric Health Systems (GHS) Research Group is a collaborative team of interdisciplinary researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and research staff. Our research focus is to understand, and find solutions for, health system challenges that affect the quality of care and in turn, the quality of life of older persons. We work in close partnership with health system organizations and stakeholders to ensure that our research has relevance to practice and policy. Our research priorities include primary care for older adults, aging and technology, patient and citizen engagement in health care, and health system integration. The GHS Research Group’s mission is:
We are committed to working alongside those who are affected by our research, and are privileged to have many seniors engaged with our research through our SHARP Network. Contact us to learn how you can become involved in our efforts.
To learn about some of our profiled research click the images below.
- Nov. 6, 2015
The goal of SHARP (Seniors Helping as Research Partners) is to learn from patients and their families, to develop a sustainable network and advance the development of research priorities, collaborations, ultimately improving the health care system for older adults. In the following video we hear directly from SHARP volunteers why they choose to work with SHARP.
- June 5, 2013
Seniors with musculoskeletal disorders, like arthritis or broken bones, who get rehabilitation at home are less likely to need admission to hospital or long-term care homes, say researchers from the University of Waterloo and University of Toronto.
The study, published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also found that older patients who receive physiotherapy and occupational therapy in their own home are more likely to be discharged from home care services altogether after treatment.
- June 15 to 16, 2017
When? June 15th - 16th, 2017
Where? Communitech (151 Charles St W #100, Kitchener)
Join AGE-WELL Workpackage 7.2 DRiVE as they host a highly-anticipated symposium relating to women in entrepreneurship and regional innovation being held over two days. This event will feature international speakers and a day dedicated to each topic of ageing & health technologies, and the impact of regional innovation and ecosystems on women and female technology developers.
- June 23, 2017
When? June 23rd, 2017
Where? Toronto General Hospital, Bayer Conference Room
Join AGE-WELL Workpackage 7.2 DRiVE for a half-day workshop for a discussion of results from their scoping review, "The importance of trust in adoption and use of intelligent assistive technology in older adults to support 'aging in place'. This promises to be a fantastic opportunity for stakeholders to provide insight and feedback on the work that has been done in this emerging field.