Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard

Biography | Biographie

Dr. Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard is a registered nurse and professor at the School of Nursing at the Université de Moncton where she holds a Research Chair in Population Aging and is Director of the Centre on Aging. She is the current chairperson of the National Seniors Council and immediate past president of the Canadian Association on Gerontology. She co-led the New Brunswick Council on Aging on the development of a provincial strategy on aging in 2017. She serves on various committees related to health, aging and nursing and her research interests are on issues related to aging in place and official language minority communities.

La Dre Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard est infirmière autorisée et professeure à l’École de sciences infirmières à l’Université de Moncton, où elle est titulaire d’une chaire de recherche en vieillissement des populations et directrice du Centre d’études du vieillissement. Elle est actuellement présidente du Conseil national des aînés et présidente sortante de l’Association canadienne de gérontologie. En 2017, elle a dirigé conjointement le développement d’une stratégie provinciale sur le vieillissement pour le Conseil sur le vieillissement du Nouveau-Brunswick. Elle siège à plusieurs comités liés à la santé, au vieillissement et aux sciences infirmières, et ses intérêts de recherche portent sur les questions liées au vieillissement sur place et aux communautés de langues officielles en situation minoritaire.

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Nursing Home Without Walls (NHWW) for Aging in Place | Un centre de soins sans mur pour le vieillissement sur place

The overarching goal of the project Nursing Home Without Walls (NHWW) is to ensure that older adults, and their caregivers, living in rural New Brunswick can age in place with access to appropriate supports. The specific objectives of the project are to:

  1. Ensure that older adults and their families have access to appropriate services and information related to aging in place.
  2. Provide social health initiatives to counter social isolation and loneliness to older adults and their caregivers.
  3. Increase knowledge on health-related issues important to aging in place and healthy aging for older adults and their caregivers.
  4. Empower the local community to respond to the needs of an aging population.

In the current pilot project, four rural communities, English and French speaking, have implemented the Nursing Homes Without Walls model in their local nursing home. Although somewhat different in their approaches, the goal remains the same. For example, in Lamèque, older adults who need help with personal hygiene care, meals, and socialization benefit from visits to the nursing home a few times a week while in Inkerman and Paquetville, older adults benefit from home maintenance supports and transportation. In Port Elgin, a community seniors’ navigator was implemented with an emphasis on providing information and guiding older adults to the proper services while also focusing on social health addressing social isolation.