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Creating a compassionate community of digital health care for older adults and their caregivers

Melissa Northwood, RN, PhD

Award: 2021 Compassion and AI Grant

  • Compassionate Communities
  • Digital Healthcare
  • Integrated Senior Care

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

Canadians are living longer but our health-care system is not ready. Older persons often develop chronic diseases and problems like dementia and falls. As a result, they have frequent hospitalizations and worsening disability. These outcomes could be prevented if care providers cooperated to help older adults stay well. Melissa’s project brings together older adults and health- and social-care providers to understand how to use a digital health tool for better and more compassionate care.