Foot Care as a Means of Engaging With the Senior Community


Dr. Tracey Rickards, Principal Investigator of the Mobile Wellness Senior’s Network Reaching Rural New Brunswickers talks about the research project and some of the more probing results it generated.

We’re all aging, and everyone’s talking about it!

Key Takeaways

[:40] Jenna welcomes today’s guest, Associate Professor at the University of New Brunswick in the Faculty of Nursing and UNB Manager at the Downtown Community Health center in Fredericton, Dr. Tracy Rickards.

[1:10] Dr. Rickards shares the story of how the project was initiated as well as some of the early health findings the pilot project provided.

[4:42] Dr. Karen Cross from St. Michaels in Toronto developed a tool called the Mimosa; Dr. Rickards explains how this was used in the research project.

[6:22] Diabetes and foot care are intimately linked, Dr. Rickards touches on how this played out in the study and what it implies in terms of mobility.

[8:26] The mobile Health Network provides a suite of services atop foot care; Dr. Rickards breaks down what was offered.

[12:55] Dr. Rickards shares what happened with community partners that participated in the project.

[15:19] Dr. Rickards speaks to the tools used in the assessment and how intervention personnel were categorised.

[16:38] Data collection and the project timeline are currently kept flexible because of COVID-19, Dr. Rickards talks about the hard deadlines that will be coming up.

[17:46] Dr. Rickards talks about the parallels that are often drawn between Extramural and this project and how they actually differ.

[21:09] Dr. Rickards shares her ideas for the future when it comes to the project and the possibilities surrounding it.

[23:36] Jenna thanks Dr. Rickards for coming on the podcast. Until next time, subscribe, rate, and share!

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Mentioned in this episode
The MileAGE Podcast
Healthy Seniors Pilot Project Program
Mobile Health Senior’s Network
Dr. Karen Cross

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More about today’s guest.
Tracey Rickards, BN, RN, MN, Ph.D., is currently an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing at UNB in 1986, her Master’s of Nursing at UNB in 2005, and her Ph.D. in Nursing at Dalhousie University in 2013. Information about her Master’s and Ph.D. research can be found in the Past Research section of this website.

More about Dr. Tracey Rickards on her website.