FASTlinks is a series of web-based maps that display links for elder care services in South East Ontario organized into 10 common elder care domains. The 10 domains are organized by function, rather than disease diagnosis. FASTlinks was developed by the CSAH in collaboration with the Aging with Co-morbidities Network.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Suicide & the Older Adult", updates from AGE-WELL, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Aphasia Institute, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere Research Institute, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program,  Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy and Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto.

Information about a call for abstracts, as well as funding opportunities are included.  A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

Thursday September 27, 2018 from 12-1:30pm. This free webinar will feature Stefan Gravenstein of Brown University, Melissa Andrew of Dalhousie University and Richard Baydack of Manitoba Health as they discuss key aspects related to the value and use of vaccination from a variety of perspectives, the types of vaccines and their impact on seniors, a case study on the implementation of high-dose influenza vaccines in a health system.  To learn more or to register click here.

Specialized Geriatric Nursing Services and Senior Friendly Care: catching up, keeping up, and leading the way in a changing era. October 10, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale, Toronto from 8am to 4pm. This conference will be of interest to clinicians, administrators and planners in acute care hospitals, public health, community services and long-term care. To learn more or to register click here.

Community Connect 2018, October 17-18th at the Hilton Suites Markham/Toronto. Immerse yourself in an environment of innovation, discovery and leading-edge thinking.This year's conference is an exceptional opportunity to connect with home care, independent living and community support service trailblazers - and network with thought leaders across various sectors and industries. Learn the latest about the big-picture systems drivers that impact our sector, engage with enterprising spirits who are re-imagining service delivery, and learn practical solutions to solve some of your most pressing operational concerns. This year's areas of special focus will include Workforce Issues; Strategies and Solutions; Health System Evolution; Leading for Influence and Impact; Innovation; and Excellence in Operations and Administration​. Register here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 1-2pm the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health is pleased to present Lisa F. Carver of Queen's University for this Research and Innovation in Aging Forum webinar. For more information or to register, click here.

On Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 12-1 PM (EDT) Dr. Carmela Tartaglia discussed and reviewed the criteria for diagnosing Behavioural Variant Frontotemporal Dementia, basics on the pathology/cause, genetics of this type of dementia, and symptomatic treatment options. To watch the recording, click here.

This report presents key findings on physical, mental, and social aspects of aging using data collected from 50,000 Canadians aged 45-85. It highlights insights related to: physical and psychological health, loneliness and social isolation, caregiving and care receiving, transportation and mobility, work and retirement, physical function, disability and falls, lesbian, gay and bisexual aging, and lifestyle and behaviour, among others. 210 pages. Last reviewed May 2018.

This report focuses on stroke survivors admitted to complex continuing care and long-term care facilities in Ontario between 2010 and 2015. The report describes stroke survivors’ health status and trajectories of care, and evaluates the nature and extent of rehabilitation therapy and other stroke best practices available in the two types of facilities.

This report from the National Institute on Ageing makes 5 evidence-informed recommendations, including: recognize all caregivers with a common definition; support caregivers with financial assistance and training, change workplace cultures to recognize and support the unique challenges Canadian caregivers face; and develop national standards that both governments and employers can use to measure how well we are meeting the needs of workng caregivers.

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