Highlights of this issue include the featured topic of Age-Friendly Communities, updates regarding Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative, Regional Integrated Fall Prevention and Management Strategy, FASTlinks 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.

The Canadian Conference on Dementia is a biennial national conference dedicated to advance 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.

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 summer edition of the Canadian Frailty Networks' Summer News includes a call for volunteer board and committee members, highlights from the 2017 conference and more.

Dr. Ruth Dubin, Associate Professor at Queen'sUniversity and Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Co-Chair of the Project ECHO Ontario Chronic pain and Co-Chair of the Canadian Pain Society Special Interest Group, gave an overview of Pain in the Elderly in an online presentation to health care professionals in South East Ontario via the Ontario Telemedicine Network on May 9th, 2017.  A copy of the event flyer and link to the presentation recording are available.

Fatima Ali, Consultant Pharmacist, Providence manor, MediSystem Pharmacy, gave an overview of Antipsychotic Use in the Elderly in an online presentation to health care professionals in South East Ontario via the Ontario Telemedicine Network on June 13th, 2017.  A copy of the event flyer and link to the presentation, and presentation recording are available.

This 2 page handout is intended to help physicians and patients to make smart and effective decisions about the use of feeding tubes for those with late stage Alzheimer's disease. Last reviewed May 2017.

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