Rates of chronic illness are rising rapidly in Canada in conjunction with our aging population, and chronic diseases in older adults now constitute a major demand on Canadian healthcare resources. This is particularly relevant to women, who live longer and experience higher rates of chronic disease than men. Older Women may also experience unique challenges in managing chronic diseases.
Researchers at Women's College Research Institute are working to improve our understanding of the aging process and how to optimize care for older men and women.
Senior scientist Dr. Paula Rochon explores how to best manage the health of older adults with multiple complex and chronic conditions. In particular, she examines the benefits and risks of drug therapies commonly prescribed to older adults, and she develops practical and innovative strategies to improve prescribing practices. Much of her clinical work as a geriatrician in conjunction with her extensive research has laid the foundation of her expertise on older adults.
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