The South East Ontario Regional Integrated Fall Prevention & Management Strategy invites you to join us in a celebration of the launch of this FREE 14 month calendar supported by the Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative on Friday November 17th from 1:30-3pm at Founders Hall in the new Providence Care Hospital. There will be refreshments, information about community organizations, draw prizes and more.  Everyone is welcome!  If your organization is interested in donating a prize or distributing calendars please contact Julia Miller at julia.miller@queensu.ca.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Falls and Neurological Disorders", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyère Research Institute, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Regional Geriatrics Program, Senior Friendly Hospitals, information about Change Day Ontario, National Bereavement Day and a platform grant from the Brain Foundation Canada as well as a listing of upcoming events. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

If you’re caring for an elderly person and find that he or she seems a little blue as the holidays approach, here are a few tips you can use to help them overcome these feelings and enjoy the festive season.

Many seniors face loneliness. Even if family members live in the same city, adult children often become so busy with their own lives and social obligations that they fail to recognize how much their parents or grandparents look forward to spending time with them during the holidays.

The objective is to examine the relationship between loneliness and cognitive function and to explore the mediating role of physical health on the loneliness–cognition relationship in Chinese older adults (OAs).

Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects a person during the same season each year. For example, if you get depressed each winter, you may have SAD. It seems to be the most common amongst women, people who have a close relative previously diagnosed with SAD, or people who live in areas where winter days are very short or there are big changes in the amount of daylight during different seasons.

With all of these hazards ahead in this upcoming season, it’s important that caregivers for their elderly loved ones prepare ahead of time. Taking precautions during the fall will alleviate stress, reduce risks of depression and allow our loved ones to enjoy this season and all it’s festivities to the fullest.

Caregivers may notice a sudden change in mood, appetite, or energy level in their loved one, other symptoms may involve, sadness, sleep disturbances or lethargy.  The key in assessing for SAD is to tune into sudden changes that seem to revolve around the cold, dark months of winter.  Of course, any symptoms of depression should be reported to the physician regardless of the season.  

Bone Fit™ is an evidence-informed exercise training workshop, designed for healthcare professionals and exercise practitioners to provide training on the most appropriate, safe and effective methods to prescribe and progress exercise for people with osteoporosis. The course is presented in two parts: 3 online self-learning modules and an interactive workshop. These modules MUST be completed prior to the workshop, to ensure that everyone attending has common baseline knowledge to build from. The workshop is led by our Lead Trainer, Judi Laprade, B.A., B.Sc.P.T., M.Sc., Ph.D, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. Upcoming workshops scheduled in various locations across Ontario staring November 2017 until Mary 2018. Please see the pdf flyer for details.

On Dec. 5th from 12-1pm join Dr. Aliya Khan for this educational opportunity to improve your knowledge on emerging best practices, screening, diagnosis, treatment and management of osteoporosis.  This is a public event hosted on OTN.  Please see the pdf flyer for more information.

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