CRNCC In-Focus Backgrounder on Marijuana
Medical marijuana (cannabis) has been legal in Canada since 2001. There is growing, yet still limited evidence, that marijuana can help with health conditions experienced by many older persons including nausea related to chemotherapy, Alzheimer’s disease, pain, and mental health issues such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. Yet, older persons may be reluctant to use marijuana because of persistent stigma, or because of an unwillingness by health care professionals to consider its use. The federal government’s legalization of cannabis, expected in the fall of 2018, will open the door to new and innovative use by older persons as an alternative to prescription pharmaceuticals.
This CRNCC backgrounder examines the potential benefits and cautionary notes on marijuana use by older Canadians. See In-Focus Backgrounder on Marijuana and Older People
Balance of Care Research and Evaluation Group and SHS Consulting's Final Evaluation of VON SMILE Program
Initiated in 2007 as a key element of the South East Local Health Integration Network's Aging at Home strategy, SMILE (Seniors Managing Independent Living Easily) now supports hundreds of "at risk" seniors and their caregivers "closer to home" across the region. To do this, SMILE uses specially trained case managers, equipped with per client budgets, to engage with seniors and their caregivers to identify problems and co-create individualized care packages. In addition to accessing available community support services, SMILE accesses a range of non-traditional supports from neighbors, friends, churches, volunteer organizations and clubs, thus leveraging local capacity in urban and rural areas. See Evaluation Report.