12-1pm on Wednesday, April 5th. Dr. Neil Patrick will be prsesnting at this free webinar about how Doctors of Chiropractic are ideally suited to address fall risk through public education, risk assessment and prevention among patients.  Register here.

Older adults and seniors are especially vulnerable to the summer’s heat and humidity due to physical changes that come with aging, such as the body’s inability to regulate temperature efficiently and a reduced sensitivity to heat and thirst.

Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary, a place where you always feel comfortable and safe. As seniors get older though, that sanctuary can turn dangerous. Everyday items around your house and run-of-the mill tasks you do regularly at home start to come with a risk of falls. And a fall in your senior years can be serious.

Highlights of this issue include the featured topic of Diversity & Inequality Considerations for Older Adults, updates regarding Age-Friendly Communities, Advance Care Planning and Health Care Consent Education, Regional Integrated Fall Prevention and Management Strategy and a listing of upcoming events. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

On March 15th from 12-1pm Emily King will provide an introduction to the principles of safe body mechanics and examine how these can apply to common care scenarios. Examples and recommendations will be drawn from recent research on caregiver safety and ways to promote independent mobility.  Register here.

March 6-8, 2017 the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario is offering this clinical education opportunity at the Ottawa Hospital.  Click here for the pdf registration form.

On Wed. March 22nd  from 12:30 to 4pm at the Halton Region Auditorium the Mississauga Halton LHIN Exercise and Fall Prevention Strategy invites those working in healthcare, community support services or an interest in fall prevention for this free event to launch their strategy, to hear from a panel of experts about buidling a culture of fall prevention, to network and visit display booths as well as learn about the importance of exercise, foot care, vision care, medication and continence.  Register here.

Following the launch of the Provincial Fall Prevention Framework and Toolkit in 2011, each LHIN has been working on developing a Fall Prevention Strategy. Champlain, NE and SE LHINs share common borders and have come together to share common approaches and initiatives, with a view to collaborating to reduce costly duplication. By taking a provincial approach the hope is to improve effectiveness and efficiency across Ontario. Presenters Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Hélène Gagné, Christine Bidmead, Dianne Rossy, Wendy Carew, Megan Jaquith and Rhonda Lovell shared information about their work to date and looking at ways to move forward together. Watch the recording of the presentation here.

Highlights of this issue include the featured topic of Quality Improvement, updates regarding Age-Friendly Communities, Advance Care Planning and Health Care Consent Education, Regional Integrated Fall Prevention and Management Strategy and a listing of upcoming events.  Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

The objective of this evidence based analysis was to identify interventions that may be effective in reducing the probability of an elderly person’s falling and/or sustaining a fall-related injury.  Last reviewed February 2017.

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