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

The mandate of the Thorold Ad Hoc Age-Friendly Committee is to provide recommendations to the Thorold City Council regarding a strategy and action plan to elevate the profile, level of leadership and engagement of older adults (55+) in the community.

This report by the Ontario Trillium Foundation on the challenges and opportunities of Ontario’s Aging Population including seniors groups at risk, ageism, elder abuse as well as community based solutions. 34 pages. Last reviewed February 2017.

Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR) is a one-day meeting for engaging with graduate student research beyond disciplinary and professional boundaries, and across areas of expertise held at the University of Waterloo.  SoAR encourages graduate students from any discipline to present, dialogue, and learn about current research on processes, experiences, and systems related to aging. Register here by April 7th.  Call for abstracts submission ends March 1st.

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.

This toolkit was developed to support local governments in British Columbia in their attempts to create dementia-friendly communities.  The information contained within it can assist other communities in their efforts. 44 pages. Last reviewed January 2017.

This project will undertake public consultation and develop an Action Plan that will help Durham adapt its structures and services to be more accessible and inclusive of older adults. The consultation process will have an emphasis on engaging the perspectives of older adults living in the rural northern areas of Durham, and seniors from ethno-culturally diverse urban communities in the south along the lakeshore.

Neil Hanlon, will be presenting Wed. Mar. 8, 2017 from 2:30-2:30 pm at the Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery.  His presentation will explore the issues related to aging in resource-dependent places where issues such as gaps in housing and healthcare are compounded by barriers to spatial mobility and social isolation.  The potential processes of community development to meet the challenges of an aging population and contribute to the renewal of hinterland places in light of twenty-first century economic, political and social realties.

The Centre for Studies in Aging and Health is pleased to share a copy of our January Research and Innovation in Aging Forum, Gazing Critically at Age-Friendly Communities on January 17th that was hosted at the Learning & Leadership Centre at Providence Care, 752 King St. W. Kingston, presented by Dr. Mark Rosenberg.  There is a pdf version available for review and a copy of the webinar recording available here.

On February 23, 2016, the Senate adopted an Order of Reference authorizing the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (“the committee”) to examine and report on the issue of dementia in Canadian society. The committee held 14 meetings between March 9 and June 2, 2016 and heard from a broad range of experts whose testimony addressed the nature of dementia, the burden of the conditions both at a personal and societal level, prevention and treatment, caregiver issues, housing, research, as well as national strategies to improve the care available to patients. Over the course of the study, the committee heard from officials from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada as well as witnesses representing health professional organizations; dementia and mental health advocacy organizations; research programs; seniors’ residential housing groups; long-term care and palliative care associations; home care and caregiver groups; national dementia strategies; and, finally, the Assembly of First Nations.  The committee undertook this study to determine the actions that should be taken to most effectively and efficiently meet the needs of Canadians.  60 pages.  Last reviewed January 5, 2017.