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.

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 resource guide will review the steps that can be taken to create a safe living area for seniors, discuss how technology can assist, and how to gauge the warning signs that indicate an entirely different approach may be necessary. It concludes with a list of resources for additional information on senior safety.

 

The Alzheimer Society of Ontario is hosting a knowledge sxchange opportunity for local Alzheimer Societies, people living with dementia, as well as professionals offering falls prevention and recreational services to older adults.  The event will be held at the Crown Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel and there is no registration fee for this conference. Registration deadline is August 21st.  Register here.

This listing includes a variety of fall prevention online learning opportunities. 6 pages. Last reviewed May 2017.

This user guide is intended to help provide an orientation to the fall prevention microsite and offer an opportunity for users to share feedback on the website to improve its form and function.

Research has shown that the most successful fall prevention programs focus on the conditions of the individual, the conditions of the environment, and the interaction between the two. There are a lot of opportunities in the design of the home, spanning from simple safety measures to remodeling, so that seniors can enjoy their days without exerting a lot of mental energy on fall prevention.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to frailty and older adults.  4 pages.

The majority of cancer incidence and mortality occurs in individuals aged older than 65 years, and the number of older adults with cancer is projected to significantly increase secondary to the aging of the US population. As such, understanding the changes accompanying age in the context of the cancer patient is of critical importance.

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