This guide will cover all the adjustments you should consider making room by room, with tips on creating both the safest surroundings and the most secure environment. Many of them are simple enough to complete on your own, but others may require the skills of a trained professional to ensure the safest result. 

Accurate information and continued research on the aging process are critical as Americans age. This brochure contains information about older Americans and attempts to dispel the myths regarding that age group. What's important to remember about people over age 65 is that while many begin to experience some physical limitations, they learn to live with them and lead happy and productive lives.

How to Make Cooking a Safe and Enjoyable Experience for Someone with Alzheimer’s, cooking offers many benefits for people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, yet it can also be a dangerous activity if the person experiences certain symptoms of the disease and participates in cooking activities without proper supervision and preparation. 

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.

The Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario are holding their annual refresher day conference. This workshop is intended for health care professionals working with seniors who seek to improve the quality of life for their patients. It has been designed to be interactive, covering challenging areas in the clinical management of geriatric patients.

The Perth Enrichment Program (PEP) is offering a four-week learning series for clients, families and friends on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8pm on March 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 12 Elliot St., Perth. There is no cost to attend for PEP clients and family. Topics include: Diagnosis and What to Expect, Lifestyle and Retirement Living, Treatment Recommendations and Supportive Care, Caregiver Support and Advance Care Planning.

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.

The author argues that we need to support people with dementia to cope with an existential crisis.  12 pages.  Last reviewed January 2017.

Through four one hour live, interactive webinars, Updates in Dementia Care will focus on research and innovative approaches to managing and improving the quality of care for patients with dementia.  This series will bring together academic scientists, practitioners, educators and researchers to share experiences.  Register here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This short whiteboard animation provides information and support for families of people with Alzheimers Disease. The information is presented in a lively user-friendly way with simple and direct language. The video was created by Dr. Susan Lane MD CCFP (CoE), with support from the North East Specialized Geriatric Centre.