We have consistently referred to “active living” when describing our facility without defining what this might mean.
Hunter S Thompson has said: Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow! What a Ride!”
In less dramatic language, the objective is to live as well as possible as long as possible.
This leads into the development of a model for medical delivery for Green Cove on the Miramichi.
Our model is beginning to take shape with the help of Dr. Bruno Battistini, NB Health Research Foundation; Dr. Erik Scheme, UNB Medical Research Chair; and Rene Boudreau, Dept. of Health.
Also assisting in this effort is Dr. James Tung of University of Waterloo who is involved in researching assistive technology for the aging. He has identified a couple of technology companies that are willing to partner with such a project as this one.
At a meeting on Friday, August 11, they proposed a proactive model that involves monitoring (with permission) of residents to identify problems before they develop into full blown medical conditions that need to be dealt with invasively. This involves researching best practices of health care and best uses of modern technology for use in our community. Presuming we can provide the facilities, it seems they are prepared to assist to allow regular visitations by the needed expertise to interpret the data and advise our residents on best practices for preserving good health.
Imagine! They are proposing we become a demonstration site for best medical practices for seniors in New Brunswick. They anticipate that many more sites will follow. In effect, “Green Cove on the Miramichi” becomes involved in research to help seniors live longer, better lives.
Needless to say, we are excited by this project!
We will keep you informed as this develops.