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.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Health & Indigenous Elders,” updates from AGEWELL, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere Research Institute, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Institute for Life Course & Aging, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy and Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and SE Research Centre.

Information about funding opportunities and calls for abstracts from AGE-WELL, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care, Canadian Insitutes of Health Research, Canadian Frailty Network, Government of Canada, Ontairo SPOR SUPPORT Unit, Parkinson Canada, 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.

brainXchange

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12 PM - 1 PM EST - The Brain Health and Wellness Project: Bringing Fountain of Health Tools into Frontline Care is a webinar hosted by brainXchange, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, and CCNA. Participants will learn about The Brain Health and Wellness Project, an innovative national project at the frontlines of care to promote brain health and reduce dementia risk. The health behavior change tools used in the project were developed by Fountain of Health Initiation, a national non-profit to promote health and wellness. Following a review of project evidence and rationale, participants will also receive some “how to” training in a 3 step process to activate health behaviours in frontline care. To register, click here. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 12 PM - 1 PM EST - Human Rights of Older Persons and Agenda 2030 is the first webinar by the International Federation on Ageing is a new series. The webinar will address key areas for implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that ensure it fulfils its mandate for older persons. Presenters include Ken Bluestone, Head of Policy and Influencing, Age International, Erica Dhar, Director of Global Alliances, AARP, Cynthia Stuen, IFA Representative at the United Nations in New York, and Frances Zainoeddin, IFA Representative at the United Nations in New York. To register click here.

Frontenac-Kingston Council on Aging

Friday, February 22, 2019, 10 AM - 3 PM - The Frontenac-Kingston Council on Aging presents Education Day on the Substitute Decision Act and the Health Care and Consent Act. Find out the difference between these acts and learn your legal rights and responsibilities as a health care professional and/or institution. Guest speakers Mark Handelman (B.A., LL.B., MHSc (bioethics) and David Campbell (PhD and ethicist with Kingston Health Sciences Centre) will provide their insight. The event takes place in at the Renaissance Event Venue, 285 Queen Street, Kingston and costs $55 with lunch included. Register by emailing a filled out registration PDF form to infocouncilonaging@gmail.com

brainXchange

Thursday, January 31, 2018 12 PM - 1 PM (EST)Seeing Through the Veil: Experiences of Caring for Persons Living with Dementia at the End of Their Lives is an arts-based presentation by brainXchange, Alzheimer Society of Canada and the CCNA to present research findings through paintings and artistic works that healthcare professionals created when they were asked “What it is like to care for persons living with dementia who are receiving end-of-life care?". This research is intended to provoke and contribute to local and national end-of-life conversations with the intention of enhancing end-of-life care for persons and families living with dementia. Register at this link.

BrainXchange

On January 14, 2019, Dr. Henry Brodaty summarized the evidence and provide examples of success as well as discuss therapies aimed at the person with dementia, the effects of dementia on and interventions for family carers as well as interventions for behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia. Overall this webinar aimed to demonstrate that psychosocial research in dementia has increased in breadth, innovation, quantity, quality and rigour. Watch the webinar recording here.

Senior Friendly Care

Friday, January 25, 2019, 12 PM EST - In this presentation, Dr. Martha Spencer (Providence Health Care Associate Program Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine, UBC and Department of Medicine Clinical Instructor, UBC) will discuss the approach to the diagnosis, investigation and management of urinary incontinence in older adults. The focus will be on medical causes of incontinence and medical approaches (lifestyle, behavioural and pharmacological) to treatment. To register click here.

On January 14, 2019, The Division of Geriatric Medicine in collaboration with the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network were pleased to offer this free webinar presentation featuring Tim Yearington (Grey Thunderbird), Algonquin Traditional Knowledge Keeper from the Office of Indigenous Initiatives of Queen's University.

Learning objectives included to review population health concerns, disease prevalence and risk factors; to understand the role of Elders in Indigenous communities and to introduce Indigenous perspectives of health and end-of-life. To view the recording click here.  For the full resource package click here.

The SF7 Toolkit supports clinical best practices for healthcare providers across the sectors of care and includes self-management tools for older adults and their caregivers. The toolkit provides a common practice framework that complements the unique skills and practices of the various care providers helping older adults. SF7 focuses on seven clinical areas that support resilience, independence, and quality of life: cognition (particularly delirium), mobility, social engagement, continence, pain, nutrition, and polypharmacy. The SF7 toolkit is available by individual topic, or bundled together. 89 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.

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