saglink.ca new site announcement

Welcome to our new Site!

We’ve been working behind the scenes to create a brand new sagelink.ca, home to the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health (CSAH) and the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program. In addition to all of the high-quality information and resources you have come to expect from the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, you will find some new content to explore…

Out at Home Webinar Announcement

Using Research-based Film to Improve the Care of Older LGBTQ People Aging at Home

July 29, 2020. Dr. Alisa Grigorovich and Siobhan Churchill screened the film “Out at Home” and explore its potential for reducing stigma and improving gaps in knowledge regarding LGBTQ older adults in home care services. They explored with participants the impact of the film, its usefulness to informing their own practice and understanding in this area, as well as suggestions for additional educational tools and materials to support its uptake.

Age Friendly Communities Initiative log and photo of couple outdoors

Older Adults, Physical Distancing & Social Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic – What can Communities do NOW?

Presenters Dr. John Puxty and Sarah Webster discussed the barriers that are particularly challenging for older adults during isolation and some of the creative ways that communities are ensuring that older adults are informed and able to access the services they need while adhering to physical distancing guidelines.

Clinical resources for Health Care Professionals who care for older adults.

Resources for older adults and those who care for aging family and friends.

The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health (CSAH) at Providence Care in Kingston, Ontario works within four pillars of knowledge exchange, education, capacity building and research to improve the health and well-being of older adults with complex needs and their caregivers. Sagelink.ca is the web host for CSAH.

Featured Articles

CSAH Linkages: September 2021 (Dementia)

Linkages is a monthly e-newsletter that includes a listing of upcoming events, opportunities and updates related to aging, health and caring for older adults. This month’s reading list features some of the most recent academic publications on dementia.

Reading List: Dementia in Older Adults

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources regarding dementia in older adults.

Blog: First Link – The first step for those with dementia

the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) is in the process of developing MOC and MainPro+ accredited e-learning modules on the topic of Cannabis and Older Adults. We aim to launch the modules in early 2022.

eFit Assessments and Guidelines: Dementia

Dementia is an overall term for symptoms caused by disorders affecting the brain. Symptoms may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, changes in mood or behaviour severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Dementia is progressive as symptoms get worse due to damaged brain cells that eventually die.

eFit Learning Module: Dementia

This learning module includes 6 interactive lessons: Dementia, Introducing Common Responsive Behaviours, Causes of Responsive Behaviours, Assessing Responsive Behaviours, Person-centered Care and Pharacological Treatments, and Non-Pharmacological Management of Responsive Behaviours.

Research: Improving Social Inclusion for Canadians with Dementia and Carers through Sharing Dance

This project aims to study innovative ways of improving social inclusion for Canadians living with dementia.

Publication: A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Achieve (2020 Annual Report)

This annual report provides examples of the work done every day by many organizations and dedicated individuals across Canada that support the strategy’s three national objectives: improving the quality of life of people living with dementia and dementia caregivers, advancing therapies and finding a cure, and supporting the ultimate goal of preventing dementia.

eFit Education and Resources: Dementia & Responsive Behaviours

Dementia is a term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a severe loss of thinking abilities which prevents a person from doing their daily activities. Contrary to common belief, serious mental decline is not a normal part of the aging process. Healthy lifestyle choices such as stay active, staying connected to others, maintaining a healthy weight and diet and quitting smoking can all decrease the chance of developing dementia.

Dementia & Responsive Behaviours eLearning Module

At the end of this overview on Dementia and Responsive Behaviours you will be able to answer: What is dementia? What are the risk factors? What are early warning signs of dementia? How is dementia diagnosed? What are the stages of dementia? What are the signs of caregiver stress? What are responsive behaviours? What are the causes of responsive behaviours? What are some strategies to manage responsive behaviours? How can caregivers manage stress?

Resource: Reducing caregiver stress

As a caregiver, you need to take care of yourself. You are the most important person in the life of someone living with dementia. There are things you can do to help maintain your health and well-being

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