Social isolation can often pose serious health threats to the senior population, and it’s more common than most people may think. It’s important to foster an environment where seniors can stay socially engaged as they get older. Here are some ways to promote social health, connectedness and help seniors avoid social isolation.

Dr. Leslie Kernisan isa board-certified geriatrician — a medical doctor specialized in healthcare for older adults. On this website, she share practical information to help you address problems that often keep aging adults from enjoying better health, well-being, and independence. This page posts Q&A for caregivers, this particular question referring to elderly incompetence. 

This guide is designed to make the downsizing process as simple as possible for seniors and their loved ones. It will help prepare both house and senior for the transition, as well as offer advice to loved ones on the duties they can help perform. Keep the lines of communication open, take it one step at a time, and don’t rush into anything before you’re ready.

Medications play an expanding role in health care as we grow older. People are more likely to develop one or more chronic illnesses with advancing age, and appropriate medication can help seniors live longer and more active lives. However, medication use in older adults is also more likely to be associated with safety concerns. In this handout, learn how to get the benefits of medicine, whether prescription or nonprescription, while minimizing and managing the risks.

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 reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to the care of older adults in correctional settings. 5 pages. 

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 handbook from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and covers a variety of different care considerations including older prisoners, prisoners with terminal illness, those under the sentence of death and prisoners with mental health care needs, those with disabilities, ethnic and racial minorities and foreign national prisoners, indigenous peoples and LGBT prisoners.

This British resource provides education for correctional facility staff and anyone who wishes to practically enhance the lives of older offenders.  It contains a number of one page information sheets s to help staff recognize and respond to a variety of common health issues.

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