The 3rd biennial Indigenous Health Conference, Walking Together, May 24-26, 2018, Toronto. This interdisciplinary conference is designed to help health care providers understand how Indigenous ways of knowing with respect to health and well-being can be utilized in health care approaches for Indigenous peoples. To learn more or to register click here.

May 14-18th, Ottawa, Ontario. Join world leaders, city officials, practitioners, scholars and students in architecture, urban design, planning, health policy, social sciences, psychology, urban anthropology, nutrition, transportation planning, engineering, environmental science, law and urban affairs gather to exchange experiences and ideas to improve health and well-being for all, and to ensure the long term sustainability of the natural and man-made environment. To learn more or to register click here.

Feb 11-14 2018, Banff Alberta.  The 2018 Active Living Research Annual Conference brings together active living researchers and champions from over 30 disciplines to advance knowledge and action around active communities. The conference is the premier venue for policy-relevant research and cross-sector exchange between scientists, practitioners and policy makers on how to create and sustain active living environments. For more information or to register, click here.

Wed. Feb. 7th 11am-12pm EST. The IFA and WHO Department of Ageing and Life Course are pleased to announce the sixth in a series of webinars that are part of an ongoing dialogue to bring together knowledge, new ideas and innovation around age-friendly environments (AFE). Join Ms. Stephanie Firestone and Dr. Laura Keyes for "Engaging Planners as Livable Communities Allies" by registering here.

The University of Victoria is offering this online course to support those working with older adults in long-term, acute and home care from March 2 - April 6, 2018. To learn more or register click here.

April 17-19 2018, Asset-Based Community Development: For Healthy Neighbourhoods is a three-day opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Asset-Based Community Development with a focus on Neighbourhood Development and Community Health. Join us in Kitchener, Ontario for a rare opportunity to learn from Cormac Russell and John McKnight, two of the world's top trainers in Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), for their first time together in Canada. Click here to register.

The Bruyere Deprescribing Guidelines Research Team is hosting the Evidence Based Deprescribing Guideline Symposium 2018 March 26-28, 2018 in Ottawa, Canada. The symposium centers on sharing experiences and building momentum for deprescribing guideline development, implementation and research, allowing attendees to receive high-quality evidence based content, network with their colleagues and discover innovative developments in deprescribing research. To learn more or register click here.

This chapter from “A Call to Action for Health Reform” describes the extent of chronic illness in America and its implications for the health care system. Four out of five Americans over the age of 50 suffer from at least one chronic condition.  The authors include information on particular chronic illnesses along with strategies for successful care management.

This report from the Primary Health Care Advisory Group in Australia details the evidence for change and makes recommendations for the broad adoption of a new model of care and reforms to better meet the needs of those with chronic and complex health care needs. Many insights and recommendations may prove insightful for providers in other parts of the world.

This Australian report gives a comprehensive look at the need to focus on older people with chronic health conditions, what factors contribute to problems for these people, how care can be improved and suggestions for moving forward.

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