Re­search into se­nior care gets boost

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CITY + REGION - ALEXA LAWLOR alawlor@postmedia.com twit­ter.com/lawlor_alexa

Saskatchewan re­searchers will have a chance to delve fur­ther into in­no­va­tions for the aging pop­u­la­tion, thanks to a new part­ner­ship be­tween two or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“Saskatchewan has an aging pop­u­la­tion and we have many is­sues that we’re try­ing to deal with. Re­search is one of the so­lu­tions to work­ing in th­ese ar­eas and im­prov­ing the health of Saskatchewan peo­ple,” said Pa­trick Od­nokon, CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Re­search Foun­da­tion.

SHRF and the Cen­tre for Aging and Brain Health In­no­va­tion (CABHI) un­veiled their part­ner­ship on Thurs­day. Each will pro­vide $150,000 to­ward Saskatchewan re­search projects fo­cused on im­prov­ing the health of aging pop­u­la­tions.

Up to six re­search projects will be al­lo­cated $50,000, with at­ten­tion placed on projects fo­cus­ing on new tech­nolo­gies, Indige­nous and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, care­giver sup­port and de­men­tia care.

“To­day, there’s barely enough long-term care fa­cil­i­ties and beds avail­able for the num­ber of se­niors we have to­day. But as the baby-boomer generation en­ters into their se­nior years in the next 10 to 20 years, you’re go­ing to see over 20 to 25 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion be se­niors,” noted Mel Barsky, CABHI’S direc­tor of busi­ness and de­vel­op­ment.

“The only way to sup­port tak­ing care of se­niors and is­sues that re­sult by hav­ing a se­nior pop­u­la­tion such as de­men­tia, Alzheimer’s and other re­lated aging dis­eases and is­sues, is to have in­no­va­tion to help

We have the priv­i­lege of be­ing in a care part­ner­ship with peo­ple who will ac­tu­ally ben­e­fit from this re­search.

make sure we can find some par­a­digm shifts in how we care for our se­niors.”

The an­nounce­ment was held at the Sher­brooke Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, home to 263 se­niors.

“We have the priv­i­lege of be­ing in a care part­ner­ship with peo­ple who will ac­tu­ally ben­e­fit from this re­search,” said Suellen Beatty, the cen­tre’s CEO. “We are very ex­cited ev­ery time that peo­ple are en­gaged in learn­ing things that will re­ally help im­prove the qual­ity of life for our peo­ple.”

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