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The Band-Frail Study: A Provincial Intervention to Outweigh Diabetes and Frailty in New Brunswick

Lead organization: UNB

Principle investigator(s): Martin Sénéchal

Co-investigator: Danielle Bouchard

About the project:

The issue

New Brunswick’s population is aging quickly with the number of adults aged 65 years and older increasing from 15.1% to 20.8% of the population between 2008 and 2018. NB has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the country with as much as 22% of older adults having diabetes. Since both aging and diabetes lead to increased health issues, our project will try to reduce these issues.

The importance

The increasing age and high rates of diabetes in NB combine for quickly declining health in this age group, reduced independence, and high health costs to the province.

What makes this project different

Older adults with type 2 diabetes will be offered the chance to take part in a free education and exercise program. This program is aimed at helping these individuals manage their diabetes and keep healthy, active and more independent.

Anticipated impacts

We are hoping that members will improve their diabetes control and fitness. A second change we hope for is to help people with type 2 diabetes continue to live independently in their homes for longer. This program also hopes to decrease costs associated with taking care of older adults with type 2 diabetes

 

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