The group of seniors known as the ‘frail elderly’ often have a complex mix of chronic illness, episodes of acute illness, psychological issues, functional limitations and cognitive problems.
Measuring frailty in these elderly patients is the topic of a special seminar on Monday Feb. 9 by François Béland, a pioneering researcher in the subject. The presentation is co-sponsored by CHEPA and the recently- created McMaster Institute of Geroscience (MIGS).
Béland, a Professor in the Health Administration Department of the Université de Montréal, who also holds an appointment as adjunct professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, is co-leader of a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) research team on fragility and aging.
He was involved in the conceptualization, implementation and evaluation of the SIPA (Services intégrés pour les personnes âgées fragiles) demonstration project for the integrated care of the frail elderly in Montreal. SIPA is an integrated service model that draws together community services, a multidisciplinary team and case management to mobilize resources as required and according to care protocols for frailty elderly patients.
Béland is co-director of Solidage, the Université de Montréal \ McGill University Research Group on Frailty and Aging, and a member of the Institut de recherche en santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (IRSPUM).
He studied sociology at the Université de Montréal and Université Laval. He obtained a PhD in sociology from Université Laval in 1978 and pursued post-doctoral studies at School of Public Health, University of Michigan. Since then, he has been involved in social gerontology studies, health services research, and program evaluation.
He is a former editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal on Aging (CJA) and is currently senior editor for Healthcare Policies. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a former vice-president of the Canadian Association on Gerontology.
The newly-established McMaster Institute of Geroscience (MIGS), led by Parminder Raina, is an interdisciplinary initiative drawing on all six faculties at McMaster to study aging as a dynamic process and the interplay of the determinants on health during the aging process.