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Older Adults with Diabetes

Older Adults with Diabetes

What We Do

The specific needs of older adults with diabetes are often not factored into research programs, yet this population often has to manage multiple health conditions with increasing complexities. Diabetes Action Canada’s Aging Community and Population Research team looks at the specific challenges facing older adults with diabetes with an eye towards better understanding their needs in order to find health care solutions that will work for them. Our team is supported by a dedicated group of Patient Partners who have specific experience as caregivers and people living with diabetes and who have expertise on the complexities of supporting diverse populations. Together, they are working on a program that will provide individualized solutions that help more people live longer, healthier lives with diabetes and avoid devastating complications.

Get Involved

You will participate in discussions approximately once a month pertaining to research projects and strategic goals of the Network. You can also get involved in a research team! Researchers need your feedback to make sure research projects are relevant for people living with diabetes.

Our Research

Intervention to promote health aging at home Self-Managed Community Diabetes Program vs. Usual Care The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit named newest research centre in the Ontario SPOR SUPORT Unit (OSSU) network Older Adults as Patient Partners

Our Team

Rebecca Leigh Ganann

PhD

Maureen Markle-Reid

RN, MScN, PhD

Tracy Chambers

RN, MScN

Related Articles

New Paper Looks at Older Adults as Patient Partners

Congratulations to our Aging, Community and Population Health team for the publication of their recent paper: Engagement of older adults with multimorbidity as patient research partners: Lessons from a patient-oriented research program. The paper was published in the March 17, 2021 issue of the Journal of Multimorbidity and Comorbidity. The research paper shares the five […]

New Resource: Collaborative for Health and Aging

The McMaster Collaborative for Health and Aging is a new resource that supports patient-oriented research and which will help to improve the health system for older adults and caregivers. Diabetes Action Canada researcher, Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid, is the Scientific Lead for this program and Diabetes Action Canada’s Dr. Rebecca Ganann is the Collaborative’s acting lead. […]

Patient Partner Profile – Frank Tang

By Krista Lamb For Frank Tang, it was taking care of his elderly mother and helping her manage her type 2 diabetes that inspired him to get involved with research. She had lost a toe, developed diabetic retinopathy and was managing a wealth of complications. This meant Tang was often called on to assist with […]

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