On Tues. Dec. 5th from 12-1pm EST, join this webinar where Caitlin McArthur will talk about recent research surrounding physical rehabilitation in long-term care. Register here.

This presentation by Dr. John Puxty provides a summary of age-related changes in memory, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), dementia, delirium and depression in older adults. Last reviewed November 2017. 66 slides.

March 21-24th 2017 in Sudbury, Rainbow Health Ontario is bringing together health and social service providers, community members, researchers and policy makers to advance LGBTQ25 heatlh outcomes in Ontario. This conference will focus on building partnerships in health and social services to promote the health of Ontario’s diverse LGBTQ2S populations, including those in northern and rural areas. In our programming, we have emphasized an intersectional approach to health and well-being, streamed according to 7 themes: clinical practice; public policy, activism and human rights; community support and development; professional education and training; research; organization and systems change; and ethics and law. Register here.

Thurs. Nov. 30th 1-2pm EST. Join Dr's Hitzig and Mirza for this webinar presentation about their work to better understand the issues impacting older Chinese adults living in the Kensington-Chinatown Neighborhood (KCN) including a multi-phase needs assessment and the development an action plan to make the KCN more age-friendly. The aim of the resulting action plan is to serve as a platform to support age-friendly initiatives aimed at reducing social isolation in older Chinese adults living in the KCN. For more information and to register click here.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to falls and neurological disorders. Resources related to Parkinson's disease, Mulitple Sclerosis, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia and/or Cognitive Impairment are included. 4 pages. 

This review aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce the rate of falls in individuals with MS. It compared single, multiple and multifactorial interventions.

This longitudinal cohort study investigated the validity of the 7-item Falls Efficacy Scale-International (FES-I) as a measure of fear of falling in people with MS. Scores were found significant in predicting recurrent falls in the following 3 months.

This study aimed to complete a comprehensive investigation of factors which contribute to a fear of falling in individuals with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. Functional balance performance, dependence in ADLs, and fatigue were independently associated with fear of falling.  

This study included 141 participants with the mean age of 68 years with Parkinson’s disease. Participant falls and near falls were tracked daily for a 6 month period. The investigators found that the strongest contributing factor was fear of falling followed by a history of near falls and retropulsion.

The authors of this article argue the benefit of classifying recurrent fallers into sub-groups based on fall frequency. Fall prevention and management strategies targeting specific sub-groups of people with Parkinson's disease should be investigated and evaluated in their efficacy to reduce fall frequency.

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