Monday March 30th from 3-4PM EST. Join this expert panel presentation moderated by Dr. Don Melady and featuring panelists, Dr. Teresita Hogan, Dr. Michael Malone and Dr. Adam Perry. The goals are to introduce emergency physicians to the epidemiology and clinical presentation of COVID-19 especially in older patients, to highlight the challenges that older patients may face and pose in the ED and hospital during this pandemic (e.g. polymorbidities and impact on viral illness, difficulty of identifying infection because of blunted fever reaction, to provide a forum for discussion of their article COVID-19 in Older Adults: Key Points for Emergency Department Providers, to consider the proposition that for frail polymorbid older people (both in long-term care and living at home), prevention may be the only management strategy available particularly as hospital beds and ICU beds become overwhelmed and to emphasize the importance of advance care planning and establishing end-of-life goals of care. To join the webinar click here.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on Optimizing Medications in Older Adults. A listing of upcoming events, opportunities and updates related to aging, health and caring for older adults are included. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

As a trusted leader in the care of older adults living with frailty, the RGP of Toronto want to ensure the care providers get accurated and curated information on COVID-19 in a timely fashion, To view the most up to date resources click here.

Gerimedrisk recently shared a webpage featuring the latest resources from the CDC, NIH and the Liverpool drug interaction group with the hope of decreasing the risk of harmful drug-drug interactions or adverse drug events. To view the latest resources click here.

Wed. April 29, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Sonia Hsiung of the Alliance for Healthier Communities as she discusses how social prescribing is an intentional pathway that deepens the integration between health care and social supports, how it relates to your work, and how we can build a more connected, co-created, equitable, and resilient community together. To learn more or to register click here.

Sessions will run on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. starting April 21, 2020 and ending July 7, 2020. Baycrest and North East Specialized Geriatric Centre are excited to announce our third ECHO Care of the Elderly Long-Term Care (ECHO COE-LTC) cycle. ECHO Care of the Elderly aims to build a virtual community of practice helping primary care providers expand their skills and build their capacity in the care of frail, complex aging individuals. ECHO COE-LTC is run in collaboration with the Ontario CLRI. Learn more or register here.

GeriPal (Geriatrics and Palliative care) is a forum for discourse, recent news and research, and freethinking commentary. The objectives are: 1) to create an online community of interdisciplinary providers interested in geriatrics or palliative care; 2) to provide an open forum for the exchange of ideas and disruptive commentary that changes clinical practice and health care policy; and 3) to change the world. They welcome the perspectives of generalists, specialists, gerontologists, palliative care clinicians, and anyone else interested in care of the elderly or palliative care. Anyone who wants to comment on a post is welcome -- just click the comment tab. Please email Eric Widera or Alex Smith if you are interested in being a regular contributor. 

March 31st from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Dr. Leah Nemiroff as she reviews the concept of clinical frailty, its related outcomes, and how to manage frail patients. To register click here.

THE NEW DATE FOR THE CONFERENCE WILL NOW BE OCTOBER 1, 2020, THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR OLDER PERSONS. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR THE MAY DATE WILL BE FULLY REFUNDED AND REGISTRATION WILL REOPEN SOON.  NIA's first annual conference features Dr. Samir Sinha, Dr. Bonnie-Jeanne Macdonald, Keith Ambachtsheer and more at Ryerson University.. The aim of the event is to bring together the health sector, finanical industry, government officials, and the Ryerson community for a full day focused on personal financial security, healthy aging, and discussion on public system sustainability. To learn more click here.

As clinicians and community-based individuals, we encounter problematic substance use as well as Substance Use Disorder among older adults in our daily work.  Canadian healthcare providers now have the tools they need to better support the prevention, assessment and treatment of older adults at risk of, or living with, substance use disorders.

The Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) officially launched 4 sets of Clinical Guidelines on Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults on January 20th, 2020.  These Clinical Guidelines on the prevention, screening, assessment and treatment of Alcohol, Cannabis, Benzodiazepine and Opioid Use Disorders among older adults are available online at www.ccsmh.ca.  In addition to these Guidelines, the CCSMH will be producing community brochures and other knowledge translation material on substance use disorder among older adults in the coming months.

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