Nicole F. Bernier is a researcher and writer on Canadian health and social policy, and an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca. She worked from 2011 to 2016 as a research director at the Institute for Research on Public Policy and is the author of an IRPP Study entitled Improving Prescription Drug Safety for Canadian Seniors. @NicoleFBernier

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Can Quebec handle the demographic shift?

The actuaries were sent packing, because at the time that notion of getting baby boomers to contribute adequately during their working lives was not on the political agenda, nor was the idea of saving for …

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Dangerous drugs for seniors in care

When we live in a provincially-regulated nursing home, we are likely in the frailest condition ever. The specific reasons why each one of us enters a care facility are many, but a commonality is that …

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Drug madness in seniors' care

Older adults are consuming more and more prescription drugs. Over half of these drugs are not taken correctly or are prescribed to them by physicians in an excessive manner. There is accumulating evidence showing that drugs …

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Le coût véritable des soins informels

Selon un rapport récent du gouvernement, un travailleur sur trois au Canada s’occupe d’une personne qui souffre d’une invalidité chronique (une personne âgée dans la plupart des cas) en lui fournissant un soutien en matière …

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Quel plan pour les aînés au Québec?

En cette année 2011, les baby-boomers commencent à franchir, à 65 ans, l'âge officiel de la retraite et, d'ici 20 ans, pas moins d'un Québécois sur quatre en aura fait autant. Le vieillissement de la population …

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The cost of relying on unpaid care

The unexpected and largely unreported good news about homecare in this country is that the vast majority of Canadians who receive home help or homecare for a chronic health condition are getting all the services …

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The real costs of informal caregiving in Canada

The phenomenon is not exactly marginal: according to a recently released government report, one in every three workers in Canada is assisting a chronically disabled person – many of them seniors – with transportation, household …

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