This presentation by Dr. John Puxty provides a summary of age-related changes in memory, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), dementia, delirium and depression in older adults. Last reviewed November 2017. 66 slides.

The Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario is offering this Geriatric Education Series for health care professionals from Nov. 28 - 30th 2017 at the Ottawa Hospital on topics such as principles of assessing and managing the frail elderly, geriatric assessment, function, driving, falls and mobility, polypharmacy, pain, delirium, elder abuse and more.  For more information and registration details please click here. 

The WHO Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) propose evidence-based recommendations for health care professionals to prevent, slow or reverse declines in the physical and mental capacities of older people. These recommendations require countries to place the needs and preferences of older adults at the centre and to coordinate care. The ICOPE Guidelines will allow countries to improve the health and well-being of their older populations, and to move closer to the achievement of universal health coverage for all at all ages. 60 pages. Last reviewed Oct. 2017.

On Wed. Oct. 11th at 12 noon EST Cheryl Forchuk of the Lawson Health Research Institute will be talking about a project testing TELEPROM-G on tablets which allowed participants to self-assess at home and communicate with their health care workers in "real-time" by video. Register here.

The Alzheimer Society of KFL&A is presenting a Dementia Conference featuring Dr. Marla Shapiro and Dr. John Puxty.

This paper analyses the views of refugees and migrants1 who participated in The Forum’s activities between September 2013 and June 2014, and finds that loneliness and isolation are the major challenges that they face in the UK. Loneliness is extremely prevalent among migrants and refugees. Feeling of loneliness is associated with increased morbidity and mortality and reduced quality of life.

Late in life immigrants are often at risk of psychological stress, and social isolation because of language barriers, small social networks, and cultural differences from their host society. It has been noted that the social networks of those who migrate late in life tend to be very limited. The present study suggests that better family relation, social networking, financial support, and accessing health care would be the key to address the problem.

Don’t feel ready to seek out support and get out of your isolation? For many immigrants talking about feelings and seeking help is a challenge they must first overcome in order to feel less isolated.

Social isolation is a reality experienced by many seniors and particularly immigrant and refugee seniors. Even though it is not easy to recognize, it has significant health, social, and economic consequences. The Government of Canada has taken an active interest in the issue of social isolation as have provincial governments. At the community level, several organizations individually and in partnerships, have been actively engaged in offering programs and services to seniors at risk for social isolation.

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