The Canadian Conference on Dementia is a biennial national conference dedicated to advance knowledge on dementia in scientific research and clinical care. They're conference this year focuses on the theme of prevention. You won’t want to miss out on this year’s debate on the controversial topic of medical assistance in dying for patients with dementia.

This 3 day conference will explore emerging trends and best practices that include relationship-centred care and highlight innovative ways to build capacity through community engagement, education, research and technology; cultivating compassion and dignity in an aging society.

This one day course on fall prevention is sponsored by Simcoe Muskoka Integrated Fall Strategy. Topics being discussed include sarcopenia & osteporosis, updates in footwear safety, intra LHIN collaboration and a new approach to fall prevention in older adults. 

This 5 week online course is presented by Bobbi Symes and the University of Victoria and is intended to support those working with older adults in long-term, acute and home care. Registrants will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to apply an evidence-based approach to the prevention of falls and fall-related injuries. Learn how to design, implement and evaluate a fall prevention program, cost is $225 and requires a textbook. To register please click here.

This medical travel insurance site provides insight and tips on things to consider when travelling as a diabetic such as what to pack and airport security. It also contains information on other useful links and how to keep safe. 

Elder abuse or neglect is when there is violence against seniors or mistreatment of seniors, including neglect of seniors who depend on others for care. Abuse or neglect may take many different forms including physical, sexual, emotional, and financial. Many types of abuse, and some types of neglect, are criminal offences.

Older Canadians are valuable members of our communities, yet many are vulnerable to various forms of ageism, abuse, mistreatment and isolation from the same communities that also value them. Ageism is commonly understood to be, “the stereotyping of, and discrimination against, individuals or groups because of their age”. While this can include those who are young or old, ageism appears to be a more significant issue for older members of our society.  Indeed, many have come to remark how this form of discrimination still appears to be the last acceptable ‘ism’ in our society.

The authors aim was to identify if specific programs or strategies are useful to prevent or reduce abuse in older people (60 years and over). They looked to include studies that described the effect of these programs or strategies whether aimed at the elderly themselves or people (such as caregivers or nursing home staff) with whom they interact.

Financial abuse is the most common form of elder abuse in Canada. Financial abuse can happen at any time, but it will often start after a health crisis or after the death of a spouse, partner or close friend. People who are alone, lonely or in poor health are more vulnerable.

Tools included in the list are used in practice and have undergone some form of psychometric testing, with published results. 

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