The South East Ontario Regional Integrated Fall Prevention & Management Strategy invites you to join us in a celebration of the launch of this FREE 14 month calendar supported by the Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative on Friday November 17th from 1:30-3pm at Founders Hall in the new Providence Care Hospital. There will be refreshments, information about community organizations, draw prizes and more.  Everyone is welcome!  If your organization is interested in donating a prize or distributing calendars please contact Julia Miller at julia.miller@queensu.ca.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Falls and Neurological Disorders", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyère Research Institute, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Regional Geriatrics Program, Senior Friendly Hospitals, information about Change Day Ontario, National Bereavement Day and a platform grant from the Brain Foundation Canada as well as a listing of upcoming events. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

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.

Baycrest Health Sciences, in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, is launching Project ECHO Care of the Elderly (ECHO COE), a telehealth program that aims to help primary care providers build capacity in the care of older adults through biweekly 90 minute videoconference sessions on Mondays from 3-4:30pm. For more information or to register visit baycrest.org/echo.

On Tuesday Nov. 21st, from 12-1pm Dr. Steven Burrell will be presenting on what constitutes a fragility fracture, available fracture risk assessment tools with emphasis on CAROC, fracture risk assessment reporting and fracture risk assessment and males.  This presentation will be webcast via OTN #76284830. For more information contact Marq Nelson, Regional Integration Lead at 1-800-463-6842 x2318 or mnelson@osteoporosis.ca.

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 meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the effect of cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine on the risk of falls, syncope and related events.

The authors of this longitudinal study aimed to evaluate if reduced executive function (EF) is a risk factor for future falls over the course of 5 years of follow-up. Their findings demonstrated that the risk of future falls was predicted by performance on EF and attention tests conducted 5 years earlier among community-dwelling older adults.

This paper reviews the importance of the gait-cognition inter-relationship in aging and presents evidence that gait assessments can provide a window into the understanding of cognitive function, dysfunction and fall risk in older adults.

The authors investigated hypnotic use in older dementia patients as a potential risk factor for falls and bone fractures.  Through the use of a national inpatient database in Japan they found that short-acting benzodiazepine hypnotics and ultrashort-acting non-benzodiazepine hypnotics may increase the risk of bone fracture in hospitalized dementia patients.

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