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.

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. 

Dr. Ruth Dubin, Associate Professor at Queen'sUniversity and Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Co-Chair of the Project ECHO Ontario Chronic pain and Co-Chair of the Canadian Pain Society Special Interest Group, gave an overview of Pain in the Elderly in an online presentation to health care professionals in South East Ontario via the Ontario Telemedicine Network on May 9th, 2017.  A copy of the event flyer and link to the presentation recording are available.

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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.

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