2017 Recipient of The Global Ageing Network for Excellence in Applied Research Award

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NSCA Fall Newsletter


NSCA STAFF WORKING REMOTELY: Following the recommendations of public health authorities, Mount Saint Vincent University staff are currently working remotely. As of March 19, NSCA staff telephones will not be answered regularly. The best way to get in touch with us is through individual staff emails (visit our People page) or the Centre’s general email account at nsca@msvu.ca which is being monitored regularly. Thank you

NSCA ANNOUNCES NEW PROJECT ON LONG TERM CARE SUPPORT VISITS DURING COVID -19 PANDEMIC: The new multi-site implementation science project will examine the barriers and enablers to support visitation programs in long term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Four care homes in Nova Scotia and two care homes in Prince Edward Island are study sites. Project activities include survey of facility characteristics and review of relevant documents, interviews with care home staff, and family/friends approved as designated caregivers/partners in care. In addition, consultation with three other jurisdictions implementing similar family visitation programs will be undertaken. Read the media release and CHFI Implementation Science Teams – Strengthening Pandemic Preparedness in Long-Term Care for more information.

Dr. Keefe was appointed Vice-Chair of the European Union’s Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) More Years Better Lives’ Scientific Advisory Board.  Dr. Keefe will begin her term as Vice-Chair in January 2021, alongside Dr. Johan Fritzell from Sweden, who will become Chair. Congratulations Dr. Keefe!

TWO EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE: There are currently two employment positions available for the Home Care Patheways project: Postdoctoral Position: How Approaches to Care Shape the Pathways of Older Adult Home Care Clients. For more information : Home Care Pathways-PDF   Research Project Coordinator: Home Care Pathways Project. For more information: Home Care Pathways Research Project Coordinator

REPORT ON OLDER WORKERS IN NOVA SCOTIA RELEASED: Want to learn more about the experiences of older workers in Nova Scotia? The summary report is now available at
https://novascotia.ca/shift/Older-Worker-Employment-and-Labour-Force-Participation-Booklet.pdf  and the full report is available at https://novascotia.ca/shift/

DR. KEEFE PRESENTS IN REGOGNITION OF INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS: Dr. Keefe presented “Population aging: Let’s work with it” at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Health School of Communication Sciences and Disorders Colloquium Series Fall 2020 #1. This presentation was part of the NSCA’s activities to recognize International Day of Older Persons (Oct 1) and NS Seniors Week (Oct 1-7). It can be viewed at, http://youtu.be/q1tygq-KS48

CFHI HOSTED WEBINAR PRESENTED BY SALTY NOW AVAILABLE: If you missed the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement hosted webinar, “Quality of Life in Long Term Care: What’s policy got to do it?” presented by the Seniors – Adding Life to Years (SALTY) project on June 9th, 2020, you can now watch it here: https://youtu.be/7I9Pyto7yZk

REPORT RECOMMENDS STEPS TO SOLVE NURSING HOME WORKFORCE CRISIS: Dr. Janice Keefe is a member of the working group that produced a report, which “outlines profound, long-standing deficiencies in the long-term care sector that contributed to the magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis.” Restoring Trust recommends 9 steps to solving the workforce crisis in nursing home, all of which require strong and coordinate leadership. Dr. Keefe participated in the online panel, Restoring Trust: COVID-19 and the Future of Long-Term Care on July 16.

DR. KEEFE CONTRIBUTES TO IMPORTANT DIALOGUE ABOUT COVID AND LONG TERM CARE: Dr. Keefe as a member of the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) research collaboration based out of University of Alberta is helping to raise awareness about the well-established body of research available to support enhancements in long term care. Click here for recent media releases related to long term care and the pandemic. Click here to read TREC’s opinion piece in The Hill Times, “Nursing-home care aides are the real heroes” from Dr. Carole Estabrooks and Dr. Janice Keefe (You need to register to access; free trial in upper right hand corner of site). Listen here to Dr. Carole Estabrooks, TREC’s Scientific Director, on CBC The Current.

NEW VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE ON THE SALTY RESEARCH PROJECT: Curious about what the Seniors – Adding Life to Years (SALTY) research project is about? Watch the SALTY project video to meet the Scientific Lead & some of our team members and to learn about our unique integrated knowledge translation (iKT) approach investigating how to improve quality of life (QoL) for residents living in long-term care. Click here to view the video.

TEDxMSVU AGING WELL SPEAKER VIDEOS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE: We are pleased to announce that the TEDxMSVU Aging Well speaker videos are now available online. Check out the dynamic line up of speakers! Click here to view.
SALTY PROJECT SHARING ITS FINDINGS: The Seniors – Adding Life to Years (SALTY) project published its first manuscript in April 2020. The paper describes how the voices of key stakeholders were engaged in the research process over the life of the project. A copy of the paper can be downloaded from the International Journal of Health Policy and Management site here. While the rest of the world adjusts to virtual meetings the SALTY full team of 40+ members will have its fourth videoconference in May sharing findings from its Policy and Care Relationship streams. These findings will be publicly presented at Canadian Foundation of Health Improvement (CFHI) webinars in June. Watch our web site and social media for more information as we finalize webinar plans. With this year’s Spring and Fall conferences cancelled due to the pandemic, SALTY researchers are focusing on completing several manuscripts reporting on stream level findings and methodology. To learn more about the project and meet some of the team check out our short SALTY Project Video released earlier this year or visit the SALTY website.

HOME CARE PATHWAYS PROJECT ANALYZING DATA: The records of home care clients aged 60 and older from Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Nova Scotia Health Authority are being analyzed. This research will provide insight into common profiles of home care users and their interactions with the health system in their province. Interviews with members of care constellations at both study sites took place in 2019 and early 2020. Findings will reveal how clients experience care and the role of those coordinating, supporting, and delivering their care. Stay up to date at www.homecarepathways.ca