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 call for poster abstracts is now open. 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 "Engaging & Empowering Older Adults", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Centre for Studies in Aging & Health, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Queen's University and Senior Friendly Care.

Information about a call for proposals from the Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation, CFN's Innovation Showcase Application details, CAG2018's call for abstracts and Ontario Trillium Foundations' and Ontario Centres for Excellence funding opportunities are included. A number of upcoming events are also included. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

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Wednesday May 9, 2018: 12 noon - 1pm EST.  Dr. Gillian Einstein will cover understandings of sex and gender, sex differences in Alzheimer’s disease, how the higher number of women with AD may be due to both, and a discussion of the role of estrogens in the health of brain regions associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Tuesday April 24th from 1-2PM EST.  During this webinar, Bonnie Schroeder will review why older adults are isolated and how this isolation differs from loneliness and solitude. Rachel Sutcliffe will then present findings from an Ottawa-based program entitled “Seniors Centre Without Walls”. Nancy Angus will conclude the presentation by describing the “Grand Individuals Aging with Neighbours in Thunder Bay” (GIANTS) program. For more information or to register please click here.

Friday April 20, 2018 from 8-9am EST join presenter David Campbell for this session of Regional Palliative Care Rounds. Objectives of this session include exploring the ethical arguments for and against respecting Advance Directive requests for MAID, to identify the philosophical complexities of personal identity and how it changes through time and appreciate the ethical, philosophical, and practical challenges of respecting Advance Directive requests for MAID. Click here for a live event link via OTN Webcasting. To learn more about these rounds, please visit our website: http://meds.queensu.ca/programs/palliativecare/regional_rounds.

On April 17th from 12-1 PM EST join Jenna Gibss for this presentation brought to you by Osteoporosis Canada and Women’s College Hospital to increase your knowledge on emerging best practices. To register click here.

Wed. April 18th from 12-1pm EST. This webinar is co-presented by the Ontario NonProfit Network (ONN) and Maytree.  The webinar is free for ONN members and $30 for non-members. This webinar focuses on understanding the importance of engaging local residents authentically, developing an organizational culture that includes local residents within the organization and addressing the challenges and establishing strategies for meaningful engagement. Click here to learn more or to register.

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Tuesday May 1, 2018 from 12-1PM EST. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, typically progressive, inflammatory mediated disease resulting in demyelination of the central nervous system. Although MS can lead to motor, sensory, psychological, and cognitive deficits, falls prevention for people with MS has only recently received attention in research or clinical arenas. Fortunately, falls are now recognized as a considerable consequence of MS. Research to date has also highlighted the importance of recognizing and addressing diverse influences on fall risk.

Thursday, April 26, 2018,  9:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT at Harbour Restaurant, Kingston. This one-day symposium is sponsored by the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen’s University. Faculty of Arts and Science Dean, Barbara Crow PhD is hosting this symposium to engage researchers and community members in a discussion around the experiences and needs of older adults in the first half of the twenty-first century. To learn more or to register click here.

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