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.

Baycrest Health Sciences in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, will hold Cycle 2 of "Project ECHO Care of the Elderly" (ECHO COE) from Sep 5, 2018 – Dec 19, 2018 on Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 pm. The goal of this free telehealth education 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.


Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Supporting Aging in Place", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Program, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy and Senior Friendly Care.

Information about a call for abstracts, call for innovatiors as well as funding and post-doctorial opportunities are included.  A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

This report presents key findings on physical, mental, and social aspects of aging using data collected from 50,000 Canadians aged 45-85. It highlights insights related to: physical and psychological health, loneliness and social isolation, caregiving and care receiving, transportation and mobility, work and retirement, physical function, disability and falls, lesbian, gay and bisexual aging, and lifestyle and behaviour, among others. 210 pages. Last reviewed May 2018.

Wed. August 15, 2018 from 12-1PM EDT. Join Wendy Dugglby and Laura Cottrel of the University of Alberta for this webinar presentation about an online intervention called My Tools 4 Care-In Care designed to support family caregivers of persons with dementia.  To learn more or register click here.

This report focuses on stroke survivors admitted to complex continuing care and long-term care facilities in Ontario between 2010 and 2015. The report describes stroke survivors’ health status and trajectories of care, and evaluates the nature and extent of rehabilitation therapy and other stroke best practices available in the two types of facilities.

This report from the National Institute on Ageing makes 5 evidence-informed recommendations, including: recognize all caregivers with a common definition; support caregivers with financial assistance and training, change workplace cultures to recognize and support the unique challenges Canadian caregivers face; and develop national standards that both governments and employers can use to measure how well we are meeting the needs of workng caregivers.

iGeriCare offers free, online access to lessons and  resources that help individuals to learn about all aspects of dementia at their own pace, in their own homes.To learn more 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.

On May 25, 2018  The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care Hospital, Kingston, held our 2018 conference which focused on the topics of social isolation, poverty and age-friendly communities. Conference presentations are available by viewing the full page.

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