On Friday November 1, 2019 the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care hosted this conference featuring presentations focused on issues facing older adults. Topics included social isolation, loneliness, poverty, sensory loss, issues faced by LGBT2SQ older adults, housing and new technologies to assist individuals to age at home safely. Pdf copies of the presenters slides are available for viewing.

Canada's first national dementia strategy sets out a vision for the future and identifies common principles and national objectives to help guide actions by all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, communities, families and individuals. The actions undertaken to achieve the strategy's national objectives may evolve over time, but every action will bring Canada closer to the vision of a Canada in which all people living with dementia and caregivers are valued and supported, quality of life is optimized, and dementia is prevented, well understood, and effectively treated.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Falls & Older Adults”, the latest sagelink blog, a listing of upcoming events, as well as opportunities and updates from 5th National Fall Prevention Conference, AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Behavioural Supports Ontario, BrainXchange, Bruyère, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, CIHR, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Institute for Life Course & Aging, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Public Health Agency of Canada, Queen’s University Continuing Professional Development, Regional Geriatric Program of Ontario, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, and Weston Brain Institute.

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Nov. 28, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Dr. Marla Beauchamp and Dr. Ayse Kuspinar for this free webinar which will provide an evidence-based synthesis of the role of balance and mobility teting for fall risk assessment in older adults. Using data from the CLSA they will present new results on the accuracy of commonly used mobility tests for fall risk screening. To learn more or to register click here.

The Ontario Caregiver Organization offers a 24/4 telephone support line at 1-833-416-2273 and website with resources to support caregivers across Ontario.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN) and Ontario Interdisciplinary Council for Aging and Health (OICAH) are seeking to enhance knowledge and awareness about Ontario’s wide scope of research, education and innovation in aging. They are creating a new online directory of individuals and groups engaged in promoting excellence in research, education, and innovation about aging. Please participate in this online surveyto join. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/799KSK3

Tues. Nov. 19th from 12-1PM EST. Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) experience higher rates of frailty at earlier ages than the general population. Collaboration between home care and developmental services sectors is important to support adults with IDD who are frail in the community. In this webinar, we focus on the collaboration between Reena and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, and share “Call to Action” resources to support individuals, families, and providers in the context of frailty and IDD.
 
This interactive webinar featuring Lynn Martin, Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz and Tori Barabash will provide information on:

  • Frailty among adults with IDD
  • Principles and recommendations to guide action on frailty
  • Key elements of effective intersectoral collaboration in the context of supporting adults with IDD who are frail

To learn more or to register click here.

Caregiving Strategies: Providing Care and Support for a Senior Living with Frailty

The Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario (RGPO) and six project partners from across the province have launched new educational resources for caregivers who are providing care and support for seniors living with frailty. These resources were designed by caregivers and health care experts to improve the skills, knowledge, and confidence of family member and friend caregivers.

Caregiving Strategies consists of:

  • A FREE online course
  • The Caregiving Strategies Handbook
  • Tools, tips and links to great resources

To access Caregiving Strategies, please visit: www.rgps.on.ca/caregiving-strategies

A number of educational opportunities are scheduled in South East Ontario to support volunteers, caregivers and health care professionals improve their ability to care for people with potentially life-limiting illness. To view the 2019-2020 calendar click here.

This literature review from the International Federation on Ageing is intended to assist society, organizations, patient advocates, academics and governments to gain a deeper understanding of the primary and secondary benefits offered by immunization. 34 pages. Last reviewed July 2019.

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