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Frailty and the new ageism

By Kenneth Rockwood      

Here’s the trick: patients do best when their single illness, no matter how complicated, and no matter what their age, is their main problem. Sub-specialized care may work very well for them.

Canada's federal Health Minister Jane Philpott, pictured in a scrum on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Kenneth Rockwood says medicine should not be ageist and Canada must work to provide better care for frail older adults, especially when they are ill. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

HALIFAX, N.S.—Should medicine be ageist? A young trainee doctor recently proposed to me that it should. Health care is overstretched, she argued. “We can’t do everything for everyone, so why spend money on old people, who have little chance of benefit?” For her, ageism is not all that bad—in fact, it’s a practical response to limited resources.

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Taxes, environment, Indigenous rights: what could shape Liberals’ new legislative agenda

The Liberals promised to bring in legal changes on a range of subjects during the election campaign, and will get their first opportunity in the House of Commons during a short window next month. 

Wexit ‘absolutely a real thing’ and reaching ‘boiling point’; Parliamentarians need to ‘look for bold and innovative solutions,’ say Conservative MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
Wexit was one of the ‘top of mind’ issues at the Alberta Conservative caucus’ special meeting on Parliament Hill on Nov. 6.

Senate groups scramble for members ahead of committee selection, ex-member calls out ISG ‘groupthink’

The Senate leaders will negotiate how to split committee seats and chairs between four Senate groups in the new Parliament, and numbers will matter.

Updated: Progressive Senate Group folds, but leader hopes to claw back to official status

'Trudeau made it clear that he wanted our group gone from the Senate'—ex-Liberal Senator Percy Downe.

‘Ordered populists’ concentrated among Conservative Party supporters, says pollster Graves

News|By Neil Moss
An authoritarian reflex has yet to make itself felt in Canada as it has south of the border and in Europe.

May calls on Trudeau to attend Madrid climate summit, increase targets

News|By Beatrice Paez
The Greens' Elizabeth May says her three-member caucus isn’t prepared to back any confidence motions unless Canada adjusts its climate targets.

Election 2019: where parties posted their worst 25 results

The Conservatives and NDP had their poorest returns in Quebec, the Liberals had biggest losses in Alberta, and the Green Party shared their lowest count between Alberta, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

NDP ready ‘any time’ for election if party goals not met, Singh says

News|By Palak Mangat
'We know that the government is going to need our support at some level if they want to pass bills,' he said. 'That’s not going to come for free.'

Updated: Senator Diane Bellemare joins Independent Senators Group after leaving role on government team in Red Chamber

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