Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Speech, Language & Hearing in Older Age” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Institute for Life Course & Aging, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA).

Information about funding opportunities and calls for abstracts from the Canadian Association on Gerontology and Canadian Frailty Network are included.  A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

This American website provides general guidance regarding approaching a variety of potentially sensitive subjects with older adults.  Last reviewed March 2019..

The authors attempted to present concise date on cannabis pharmacology related to THC and CBD including methods of administration and dosing recommendations.  9 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors sought to review the benefits and adverse events of cannabinoids through a review of twenty-eight databases from inception to April 2015. 18 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This report aimed to provide comprehensive review of the then current evidence regarding the health effects of using cannabis and cannabis-derived products.  468 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This article provides a review of epidemiological findings focusing on illicit drug use disorders and nonmedical use of prescription drugs in older adults 50 years and older. 20 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This review summarizes epidemiological literature on marijuana use among older adults. 14 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This edition of "in focus" investigates some of the highs and lows of cannabis use among older people.  6 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This resource from the Government of Canada is a summary of peer-reviewed literature and international reviews focused on the potential therapeutic uses and harmful effects of cannabis and cannabinoids. 266 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

Mon. March 18 to Sun. April 14, 2019. This online workshop for health care and other professionals can be completed weekly at your discretion.  Objectives include to become familiar with differential approaches to substance use; develop skills to recognize types of Substance Use Disorders in older adults and to be able to use geriatric, addiction-specific screening and assessment tools. The cost is $240 or $120 for students.  The registration deadline is March 11th.  Register at www.aging.utoronto.ca.

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