The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network website is a resource page where people can find information on living with RA. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can make it difficult to live a full, healthy life. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage these symptoms — from medications to lifestyle changes. 

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to frailty and older adults.  4 pages.

The authors propose that practice nurse-led, comprehensive geriatric assessments (CGAs) may increase access to tailored pain care for frail, older people who live at home. To explore this, we investigated whether new pain cases were identified by practice nurses during CGAs administered as part of an intervention with the Geriatric Care Model, a comprehensive care model based on the Chronic Care Model, and whether the intervention led to tailored pain action plans in care plans of frail, older people. 9 pages. Last reviewed April 2017.

Pain is associated with an increased risk and intensity of frailty in older men and women. Socioeconomic factors contribute to the occurrence of frailty; though in our study do not explain the relationship between pain and frailty.

Level 2 Palliative Care Education for: Regulated Health Professionals at the Brockville General Hospital Wednesdays March 22 to April 26th, 9am to 4pm.  Contact Carol Northcott to register.

This webpage provides an overview of a pain quality improvement plan process for a long-term care home.  It includes worksheets, facility assessment checklists, recommended quality improvement questions, pain audit checklists, a random sampling strategy resource and pain data tracking spreadsheets.

The authors present a case-based approach to applying exercise and physical activity recommendations for individuals at high risk of falls and fractures.  They summarize Too Fit to Fracture "clinical pearls" for geriatric practice, including advice on assessment, exercise, safe physical activity, and pain management.  Best evidence supports the recommendation that older adults should engage in a multicomponent exercise program, including resistance training and challenging balance exercises, in addition to aerobic physical activity.  The Too Fit to Fracture recommendations support daily attention to posture, and exercises to improve back extensor strength.  16 pages.  Last reviewed January 2017.

March 25 & 26 from 8am to 4pm, at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre.  In an interactive two-day course, Pallium Canada’s LEAP Long Term Care offers interprofessional clinicians competency-based palliative care education specific to the LTC setting.  For more information contact Siobhan McArdle at Siobhan.mcardle@sfcsc.ca. Registration closes Mar. 8, 2017.

Dec. 6, 2016 from 1-2PM EST.  Shaila Aranha and Darlene Venditti will be presenting this webinar.  Topics covered include how to evaluate your pain and falls program for best practice and evidence based practice; Identify risk factors for falls for stroke survivors; to understand the linkage between pain and falls in stroke survivors; discuss interdisciplinary team approach in the assessment and prevention of falls and pain for residents with stroke; understand and integrate stroke care plans to prevent falls and associated pain in stroke survivors within your setting and share evidence-based resources and tools in implementing best practices.  Register here.

The Sources of Discomfort Scale (SODS) assesses discomfort manifestations based on source of discomfort, thus making it both distinct from and complementary to pain assessments for persons with dementia. Sources were categorized as pertaining to physical discomfort, to body position, and to environmental sources. Body position sources of discomfort were related to poor functional status and to pain.

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