Registration is now open! May 25, 2018 from 8:30am-4:30pm. The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care Hospital, Kingston invites you to our 2018 conference which will focus on the topics of social isolation, poverty and age-friendly communities.  Keynote speaker, Dr. Parminder Raina will speak to these themes as he shares his findings from the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging.  See the event flyer for more details. A program will be available soon. Early bird registration is available until March 29th.  Register here.

Wed. April 25th 8am to 5pm at Donald Gordon Conference Centre, Kingston Queen's Faculty of Health Sciences is presenting this Continuing Professional Development opportunity.  Topics include strategies for dementia and common care issues in the vulnerable.  Program and registration information is available here.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Sexuality and Sexual Health of Older Adults", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and Senior Friendly Care. Information about CIHR Institute of Aging funding application, Weston Brain Institutes' letter of intent deadline, Age-Wells's Accelerator and Ontario Trillium Foundations' funding funding opportunities are included. A number of upcoming events are also included. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

The Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation is announcing a funding opportunity for projects that focus on research into educational initiatives for health and social care professionals designed to improve the health and wellness of older adults. This competition is open to qualified grantees based in Ontario and British Columbia.  Deadline for applications is April 11, 2018.  For details please see the pdf.  Please direct any questions to jsobie@rto-ero.org.

Baycrest Health Sciences in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, will hold Cycle 1 of "Project ECHO Care of the Elderly" (ECHO COE) from April 11, 2018 – July 18, 2018 on Wednesdays 4-5:30 pm. The goal of this free tele-educational program is to enhance the quality of care for older adults in Ontario, by improving the knowledge and skills of primary care providers. To learn more click here.

This GeMH 2 part learning activity is a free unique activity that pairs an online, self-directed learning module with a follow-up live webinar, where experts answer your questions. The online learning module will be available for completion starting mid-February.  On Feb. 28th, there will be two live webinars available to choose from: 10-11 ET and 11:30-12:30 ET. For more information please see the attached flyer or to register click here.

The SAMI tool aims to assist in identifying older adults who are currently experiencing problem drinking or who are at-risk for developing drinking problems. It is a 5-item questionnaire which was found to be superior to the CAGE and SMAST-G in terms of sensitivity. To review the introductory webinar on this tool click here.

This National Institute on Ageing report discusses why older adults are more vulnerable to influenza, the steps that some are taking to better prevent older adults from getting the flu, and proposes 8 evidence-informed policies to reduce the risk of influenza among our older people. 

March 5-6, 2018 in Niagra Falls, Ontario the Research Institute for Aging presents Walk with Me: Changing the Culture of Aging in Canada. This conference brings together older adults/residents, care partners, educators, policy makers, students and researchers from all over the country to learn with and from each other about how to enhance the journey of aging across the continuum of care and community living. To learn more or to register click here.

This full open access CME Journal is the first CME Journal owned and operated by the CGS. The journal is now wholly financially supported by charitable tax deductible donations to the CGS charitable arm - the CGS Foundation. Each edition is full of articles to support the care of older adults.

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