[Organization] The Pacific Regional Centre for Healthy Aging
The Pacific Regional Centre for Healthy Aging (PRCHA) is a network in British Columbia that promotes healthy aging by working with the public and the health care community. The PRCHA uses the AVOID Frailty framework, a strategy developed by the Canadian Frailty Network. AVOID stands for Activity, Vaccination, Optimize medication, Interaction, and Diet. The network offers healthy aging assessments, peer coaching (older adults helping other older adults), webinars, a listing of local community services, and other programs for older adults, care partners, peers, health care professionals, and researchers. The PRCHA promotes social prescribing, where health care providers connect patients to community resources to improve their health and well being. Social prescribing is a collaborative, holistic approach that recognizes that not all health supports need to be medical. As well, the PRCHA runs innovative pilot programs, carries out research, and advocates for healthy aging. The network is a joint effort between regional health authorities, universities, and community organizations in B.C.