The National Institute on Ageing (NIA) is launching consultations on a National Seniors Strategy. They want to hear directly from you. The ideas, feedback and comments from the general public and stakeholders on this consultation document will inform an updated version of their National Seniors Strategy which will be presented to the elected government. Consultations close November 1st, 2019. Participate in the consultation here.

The ECHO Care of the Elderly team is excited to launch a special 6-week Dementia Series in partnership with the Alzheimer Societies of Ontario and Toronto. The Dementia Series aims to help primary care providers expand their skills and build their capacity in the care of people with dementia.

Sessions run Wednesdays from 3:00pm-4:30pm starting October 30 to December 4, 2019.

If you are interested in participating in the Dementia Series, please apply here

Friday November 1, 2019 from 8am - 4pm. This conference features presentations focused on issues facing older adults. Topics include social isolation, loneliness, poverty, issues faced by LGBT2SQ older adults, housing and new technologies to assist individuals to age at home safely. A full program will be posted here soon. Register here.

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 "Active Aging”, the latest sagelink blog, a listing of upcoming events, as well as opportunities and updates from AGE-WELL, Behavioural Supports Ontario, BrainXchange, 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 Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, 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 Toronto, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, Seniors Health Knowledge Network and Weston Brain Institute.

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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

October 29th, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join Drew Mitchell, the Director of Physical Literacy for the Sport for Life Society as he discusses opportunities to develop physical literacy in an older adult population. To learn more and register click here.

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join Dr. Peter Butt as he discusses recommended low-risk drinking guidelines for older adults, as well as prevention, screening and treatment recommendations from the upcoming guidelines. To learn more or to register, click here.

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.

The Canadian Frailty Network is seeking individuals who would like to take part in a global Delphi survey that we are conducting in order to identify a set of common outcomes for frailty (e.g. mobility, mental health status, cardio/lung health). To learn more or to participate click here.

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