Naturopaths for Integrative Geriatric Care (NIGC) is a student initiative founded by Naturopathic students from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). This project was designed to support the Geriatric health care system by integrating Naturopathic medicine into Geriatric institutions. As a result, the Geriatric population, Geriatric institutions and Naturopathic profession benefit:
- Geriatric population– Individualized, preventative and holistic health care encourages optimal healing and self-empowerment.
- Geriatric institutions– Preventative medicine has been shown to decrease long term costs for severe illnesses and drug prescriptions.
- Naturopathic profession– Creating job opportunities to help support the over-burdened Geriatric health care system.
The Integrative Geriatric Satellite Project
Students at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) enter Clinical internship in the 4th year of their Naturopathic doctorate program where they support patients with individualized and holistic care under supervision of a licensed Naturopathic doctor. The Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic (RSNC) is the primary facility where patients see Naturopathic Interns. There are also Satellite Clinics outside of the RSNC which are available to specific communities free of charge.
The Integrative Geriatric Satellite Project hopes to provide health care to Geriatric patients who are unable to access Naturopathic medicine due to physical or financial limitations. In return, Naturopathic students obtain valuable knowledge while treating the elderly population and learning about integrative medicine while working with a team of Medical doctors and other health practitioners.
CCNM will be choosing one Geriatric institution to implement the Integrative Geriatric Satellite Project. For more information on the application process please email NDgeriatrics@gmail.com.
Educational Talks to Geriatric Institutions
Over the next 6 months the students at CCNM will be providing educational talks to various Geriatric institutions in the Greater Toronto Area. Below is a list of potential sites. If you are interested in having CCNM students visit your facility please contact NDgeriatrics@gmail.com with your name, contact information, areas of specific interest and preferable dates/times.
Geriatric Institutions in the GTA:
Lansing Retirement Centre
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
Salvation Army Meighen Health Centre
The Briton House
North York Senior’s Center
Mon Sheong Home for the Aged
Shades of Grey
Symphony Senior Living
College view Supportive Housing Servies
The Grenadier Retirement Residence
Elim Springs Retirement Residence
Kingsway Retirement Living
Bloor Street West Village Retirement Residence
Amica Mature Lifestyles
Era Community Living Services
Arcadia Senior Care (Home care)
Jackson Therapeutic Recreation
Therapeutic Recreation & Recreation Therapy Inc.
Shepherd Village Inc
Harmony Village-Sheppard Inc
Origin Retirement Communities
Gibson Retirement Residence, The
Bernard Betel Centre
Please contact NDgeriatrics@gmail.com for more information about how to contribute to the NIGC project. We are always looking for Naturopathic students and other health care professionals to contribute their expertise and efforts in growing this initiative.
On behalf of Naturopaths for Integrative Geriatric Care, thank you for supporting the Geriatric community,
Alison Chen – Hon. BSc, ND Candidate 2013