#813: Dr Julia Brassolotto: Barriers to Healthcare for Rural Seniors

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Dr. Julia Brassolotto at the University of Lethbridge is investigating issues around long term care for seniors in rural Alberta.

Nursing homes can be far away or maintaining privacy in a small town can be a concern.

DR. JULIA BRASSOLOTTO:  The structural challenges in terms of finding a placement for a family member who needs care, and as the program unfolds, can we help people earlier on working with dementia care so they can hopefully stay in their communities longer.  And in some cases it’s because there are different divisions of public and private life in rural parts.   So some research out of the University of Saskatchewan, for example, has said that some family members wont be forthcoming about their family member’s dementia diagnosis because the health care professionals are their friends.  And so they don’t want to seek out home care because they maybe feel a bit sensitive about exposing their family member to community in that state and want to deal with it privately.  So looking at how we support family members is a way of getting them the supports early on so that maybe we can prolong that decision of moving into residential care.
Dr. Julia Brassolotto says her research on seniors in rural Alberta will help in developing policies for better long term care.

Thanks today to Alberta Innovates Health Solutions.




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In March, 2016 the consolidation of Alberta Innovates was announced and on November 1, a single, integrated innovation powerhouse, Alberta Innovates, was formed. Two applied research subsidiaries – Innotech Alberta and C-Fer Technologies –  serve public and private sector interests.

The Alberta Innovates system was first created in January 2010, as part of an overall innovation framework developed within the Alberta Research and Innovation Act. At that time, four corporations were established:

  • Bio Solutions
  • Energy and Environment Solutions
  • Health Solutions
  • Technology Futures.

The Alberta Innovates system has a 90-year legacy. Our expertise is built on the successes of:

  • Alberta Institute for Agriculture
  • Forestry and the Environment
  • Alberta Agricultural Research Institute
  • Alberta Forestry Research Institute
  • Alberta Life Sciences Institute
  • Alberta Ingenuity
  • Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
  • Alberta Research Council
  • iCORE
  • nanoAlberta
  • Alberta Water Research Institute (AWRI)
  • Alberta Energy Research Institute (AERI)
  • Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority (AOSTRA).


Program Date: 2016-10-11