As Canadians age, many will face a diagnosis with at least one chronic disease. Conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and arthritis are impacting the health and independence of the aging population.
Dr. Sonia Anand, a world-renowned physician and scientist, has made headlines for her research in cardiovascular disease, showing that a healthy diet may delay or prevent the onset of the disease. The Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative has allowed Dr. Anand to focus her attention on the aging population to see if these results can help the senior population. Her dietary intervention study will investigate the impact of a healthy diet in aging Canadians to see if the genetic risk for heart disease is reduced. These results could have an immediate impact on the lives of all Canadians, particularly those already past the age of 60.
Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid in the School of Nursing conducts related research on providing in-home, proactive care targeting the risk factors for frailty. Dr. Markle-Reid has outlined a study involving education and facilitation of self-management of health among the community-dwelling senior population, particularly related to Type 2 Diabetes and its influence on frailty and mobility. The study would investigate the impact of a nurse-led, community-based intervention for diabetes on numerous factors, including quality of life, functional ability, nutritional status and costs associated with use of health services.