Monday June 3rd from 12-1PM EST join presenter Atul Jaiswal, PhD as he aims to make professionals in the field understand the challenges faced by older adults with dual sensory loss and offer potential solutions to support them. He will highlight strategies that could help professionals in conducting clinical assessments and providing medical care to older adults with dual sensory loss. He will use case scenarios from the field in combination with recent knowledge developments in the field of dual sensory loss to present challenges and potential solutions. To learn more or to register click here.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Health Literacy and Older Adults” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Institute for Life Course & Aging, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and SE Research Centre.

Information about funding opportunities from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council are included. A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

On April 1st, 2019,  Dr. Chris Frank provided this in-person/webinar presentation as he discussed communication strategies for having difficult conversations such as advance care planning, goals of care and end of life.  Learning objectives included understanding the difference between Advance Care Planning (ACP), goals of care and consent; how to incorporate ACP and goals of care discussions into regular outpatient care; using the principles to make CPR discussions easier for patients and you and incorporate Harvard Serious Illness Communication guide and other resources into your discussions. Watch the recording here.  Additional resources can be accessed by clicking read more.

On March 4th, 2019 Dr. John Puxty provided this in-person/webinar presentation targeted towards the practicing clinician with a focus on assisting them in appreciating the importance of recognizing frailty in older adults, identifying practical methods for flagging and assessing frailty and its commonly associated contributing factors and improving awareness about evidence-based strategies to reduce and manage frailty. Watch the video recording here.

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.

May 21, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join presenter Dr. Walter Wittich as he provides a profile of the participants in the CLSA Comprehensive Cohort with combined vision and hearing loss, describes the severity of their impairments, the congruence between objective and subjective measures of sensory impairment as well as hgihlights some of the relationships between their sensory loss and cognitive/social variables. To learn more click here. To register click here.

May 16, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join presenter Stéfanie Fréel as she provides an overview of the relevant international commitments and developments related to human rights and dementia. She will share highlights on how the World Health Organization is addressing human rights into its Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2-17-2025 and other dementia activities and tools. Core principles of a human-rights based approach to health and social care for dementia will be identified. To learn more or to register, click here.

On May 6th, 2019 presenter Dr. Susan Crocker, a clinical cytogeneticist and Director of the Cytogenetics Laborartory at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC)reviewed aspects of the current knowledge of neurogenesis; explores the role of cytogenomic aberrations and their presence in the neuropathology of the brain and discusses the utility of recent advances in molecular testing and their potential application to screening for neurodegenerative disease. Stay tuned for the recording of the presentation here.

May 30, 2019 from 8am-4pm at the Holiday Inn Toronto-Yorkdale the RGPs of Ontario is pleased present "Optimizing the Integration of Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Psychiatry Services" for health professionals, administrators, planners, students and older adults / family caregiver advisory group members. Register here.

May 16, 2019 from 1:30-2:30 PM EST. Join presenters, Peter Tanuseputro, MD and Julie Lapenskie, MScAH as they focus on ethnic, linguistic, Two Spirit LGBTQ+, and immigrant minority populations in Ontairo LTC homes.  To learn more or to register click here.

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