Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Understanding Care Issues of Older Immigrants", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Baycrest, Bruyère Research Institute, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Regional Geriatrics Program, Senior Friendly Hospitals, news of a funding opportunity from the Canadian Frailty Network and a listing of upcoming events. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health is pleased to announce that the Southeastern Ontario Portal for Advance Care Planning (ACP) and Health Care Consent (HCC) website is up and ready for your feedback and recommendations.  The site has been developed to provide information that is important to Health Care Providers and people living in Ontario.

We invite you to participate in the user-testing feedback survey.

On Wed. Sept. 27th at 12 noon EST, Sharon Kaasalainen & Pamela Durepos of McMaster University and Tamara Sussman of McGill University will be talking about implementation processes, clinical and administrative tools, and educational materials that will inform how qualified health professionals and decision-makers can improve the delivery of palliative care in long-term care. Register here.

The Canadian Conference on Dementia is a biennial national conference dedicated to advancing knowledge on dementia in scientific research and clinical care.  Over 2 and half days from Nov. 2nd to 4th you will engage with eminent researchers and renowned scholars on cutting edge topics in dementia at the Sheraton Centre Toronto. The 9th CCD is thrilled to offer a new and exciting program involving interactive discussions, workshops, plenary sessions and a lively debate. For more information and registration details click here.

The Alzheimer Society of Ontario is hosting a knowledge exchange opportunity for local Alzheimer Societies, people living with dementia, as well as professionals offering falls prevention and recreational services to older adults.  The event will be held at the Crown Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel and there is no registration fee for this conference. Registration deadline is August 21st.  Register here.

Registration is open for the 10th Primary Care Forum will be held on Thursday October 5th at the Ambassador Hotel in Kingston.  Join colleagues to learn more about local, provincial and international initiatives and provide your thoughts to help guide this change. Enjoy a day of networking and education with others involved with primary care in the south east region. For more information please contact Lisa Triemstra, PHCF Planning Team at 613-967-0196 ext 2217 or PHCF@lhins.on.ca.  

On May 10th 2017,  Dr. Kenneth Rockwood presented this webinar to address questions regarding risk of dementia, approach to dementia diagnosis and special considerations for those who are frail.  Watch the recording here.

This website is the result of collaborative efforts from the South East Community Care Access Centre and the South East Regional Integrated Fall Prevention and Management Strategy. It was created as an effort to improve system navigation, increase awareness and accessibility to prevention and management programs and services in South East Ontario.

This 2017 website provides a toolkit for falls prevention month which includes information for older adults and caregivers, promotional materials, sample activities for falls prevention month (November), practitioner resources, ongoing programs and interventions, statistics and infographics and evaluation resources.  

SHKN & CSAH logos combined

The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care (CSAH) and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN) are pleased to announce our newest collaborative venture: our combined web sites.  As one of our valuable partners, SHKN, has joined us in many collaborative initiatives to provide resources and learning experiences for a vast array of topics, audiences and projects.  SHKN provides a rich knowledge exchange experience through their networking, newsletters and webinars, distributed through their online membership and Communities of Practice.

Highlighting the launch of our joint website is the announcement of the Age Friendly Communities Initiative (AFC), funded by the Ontario Seniors Secretariat.  This collective of engaged and active communities across Ontario are being mentored and supported. An Age-Friendly Community (AFC) is a community where policies, services and physical spaces are designed to enable people of all ages to live in a secure and accessible physical and social environment.  Find out more about how you can get involved in the AFC Initiative!