Solidage, the Université de Montréal – McGill University Research Group on Frailty and Aging, is based at the Lady Davis Institute (LDI) of the Jewish General Hospital (JGH). The LDI, affiliated with McGill University, is a research centre recognized by the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (Quebec Research Fund - Health). Solidage was founded in 1999 by Dr. Howard Bergman of McGill University and the JGH, and François Béland of Université de Montréal. Solidage is a joint initiative of professors, researchers and clinicians from both universities. It was associated with the Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire en santé (GRIS – Interdisciplinary Health Research Group) and later with the Institut de recherche en santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (IRSPUM – Université de Montréal Public Health Research Institute). Investigators from the LDI Centre for Clinical Epidemiology, JGH Department of Geriatrics, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM), École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) and the McGill University School of Management are also involved.
The precursor to Solidage was the Système intégré pour personnes âgées (SIPA) project. Subsidized by the federal Health Transition Fund, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, SIPA was, and remains, the only integrated service system for older persons that was evaluated with an RCT – random control trial. Focusing on the SIPA research program, a group of investigators met to obtain a preliminary CIHR Health Research Team grant of $3.5 million over five years (2001-2006). This Team’s research program focused on adapting health and social services to older persons, specifically by evaluating SIPA. Another Team grant of $3.7 million over 5 years (2007-2012) followed, and was assigned to a second CIHR Research Team in Frailty and Aging. This program, developed in partnership with the PRISMA research group, focuses on examining the definition and processes of frailty and the health and social service costs it generates; the adaptation of local and regional healthcare programs to frail elderly persons needs; and management and clinical tools to deliver appropriate and efficient services to frail elderly persons. In 2012, the FRQS awarded the LDI an Innovative Strategy Development Project (ISDP) grant of $1.4 million over four years. The project was also supported by the Rossy Cancer Network ($278,000) and the Foundation of the JGH ($450,000). The four research axes utilize a comparative perspective to observe care trajectories, management processes and clinical practices pertaining to cancer patients with associated chronic illnesses.
The Solidage research program also focuses on the challenges faced by healthcare systems, institutions, care providers and older persons themselves, i.e. oncogeriatrics, Alzheimer’s disease, coordination of care, the adaptation of hospitals to the needs of older persons, long-term care, multimorbidity and chronic disease.
Solidage researchers work across disciplines, i.e. geriatrics, surgery, public health, organizational science, sociology, etc. Research professionals provide services related to statistics, documentation, data processing, planning and execution of complex data collection, administrative file and patient record management, and writing of protocols and scientific papers.
An IT specialist, librarian and administrative coordinator all provide research support. Solidage administers the data banks, which are maintained according to commonly-accepted practices, and in compliance with ethical approval conditions regarding the Group’s computers. They are available to researchers, postdoctoral interns and students for their research projects.
Solidage offices are located on the 6th floor of CLSC Metro, one of the institutions, including the Jewish General Hospital, belonging to the integrated university health centre (CIUSS) of the Centre-Ouest-de-l’Ile-de-Montreal.
The Solidage name and logo
The name SOLIDAGE has been chosen to represent the McGill University-Université de Montréal Research Group on Frailty and Aging.
Solidage (verge d'or), is the French botanical name for 'goldenrod'. Many of the approximately 125 species of the genus 'Solidago' are found in Quebec and Canada, including Solidago graminifolia and Solidago canadensis. SOLIDAGE brings to mind solidarity and consolidation.
The goldenrod plant has many positive traits and beneficial associations. This robust perrenial:
- marks the end of summer with numerous golden yellow flowers;
- thrives in a variety of habitats;
- has naturalized in North America, where most species originate;
- is associated in folklore with healing of wounds, and as a symbol of treasure and luck.