Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Older Adults & Health Issues Related to Season or Climate", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyère Research Institute, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and Senior Friendly Care. Information about CABHI, Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund and the Health and Well-Being Grant funding opportunities as well as a listing of upcoming events are included. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

Thursday December 14th from 12-1pm Baycrest will be hosting Geriatric Medicine Rounds with Dr. Richard Norman presenting.  The learning objectives include reviewing the epidemiology of medical intensive care unit use in older adults, the outcomes of clinical illness in older adults, the role of advance care planning and identifying gaps in current knowledge. This event will be available via OTN TSM #72789982 as well as available via webcast at webcast.otn.ca.

Ontario is aging faster than ever before with older people in Ontario now outnumbering younger ones for the first time in our history. Across Ontario, there are now more than two million seniors and their families trying to navigate this next phase of life as best they can. Our shared challenge is to find out what works best, what comes next and what it really means to age with confidence, respect and dignity. Ontario's action plan is outlined in the report.

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 Centre for Studies in Aging & Health is pleased to announce that the Southeastern Ontario Portal for Advance Care Planning (ACP) and Health Care Consent (HCC) website is up and ready for your feedback and recommendations.  The site has been developed to provide information that is important to Health Care Providers and people living in Ontario.

This website is the result of collaborative efforts from the South East Community Care Access Centre and the South East Regional Integrated Fall Prevention and Management Strategy. It was created as an effort to improve system navigation, increase awareness and accessibility to prevention and management programs and services in South East Ontario.

This 2017 website provides a toolkit for falls prevention month which includes information for older adults and caregivers, promotional materials, sample activities for falls prevention month (November), practitioner resources, ongoing programs and interventions, statistics and infographics and evaluation resources.  

SHKN & CSAH logos combined

The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care (CSAH) and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN) are pleased to announce our newest collaborative venture: our combined web sites.  As one of our valuable partners, SHKN, has joined us in many collaborative initiatives to provide resources and learning experiences for a vast array of topics, audiences and projects.  SHKN provides a rich knowledge exchange experience through their networking, newsletters and webinars, distributed through their online membership and Communities of Practice.

Highlighting the launch of our joint website is the announcement of the Age Friendly Communities Initiative (AFC), funded by the Ontario Seniors Secretariat.  This collective of engaged and active communities across Ontario are being mentored and supported. An Age-Friendly Community (AFC) is a community where policies, services and physical spaces are designed to enable people of all ages to live in a secure and accessible physical and social environment.  Find out more about how you can get involved in the AFC Initiative!