Written by Diane Wild, Senior Consultant, Communications and Public Affairs

Dr. Grace Park and Annette Garm will present next week on their Community Actions and Resources Empowering Seniors model at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics world congress.

Spearheaded by Dr. Grace Park, Regional Medical Director for Home Health, and project leader Annette Garm, Community Actions and Resources Empowering Seniors (CARES) aims to help seniors prevent frailty and maintain their independence for longer.

CARES uses a comprehensive geriatric assessment to identify seniors who are most at risk of frailty. Once a senior is aware of their risk, they are partnered with a free telephone health coach from Self-Management B.C. who help them develop healthy behaviours and access the resources they need to stay well and independent.

The duo will present on the CARES model and the new Electronic Frailty Index Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (eFI-CGA) tool at the upcoming International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics world congress in San Francisco, one of a number of national and international opportunities they’ve had to spread the word about the value of early frailty assessment and intervention with health coaching.

The eFI-CGA tool, developed by Grace and Annette, is based on the work of renowned geriatric experts Dr. Ken Rockwood and Dr. Xiaowei Song. It replaces the paper-based assessment form and is able to calculate a frailty index, a sensitive and predictive measurement of frailty, never before made available to care providers in their office setting.

Read more about their work on our Newsroom site.


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