This report is authored by Dr. Samir Sinha, Allan McKee, Ivy Wong, Julie Dunning, Michael Nicin, and Dr. John Muscedere. It shows that frailty is a common condition more prevalent in older populations, which increases an individual’s risk of falls, emergency department visits, hospitalization, institutionalization, and death. The problem, the authors argue, is that frailty is not being measured consistently in Canada, which makes it difficult for health providers and governments to address.
 
The report urges the research and health care communities to come to consensus on a common definition of frailty, and argues that clinicians need to consider social factors, such as poverty, housing and loneliness, which can contribute to how well individuals cope with frailty. 56 pages. Last reviewed September, 2018.

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.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Arthritis & the Older Adult", updates from AGE-WELL, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere Research Institute, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Institute for Life Course & Aging, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program,  Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy and Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, SE Research Centre and Trent Centre for Aging & Society.

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

This checklist identifies environmental adaptations for seniors that could help prevent accidents and enhance independent living at home. Guidelines on how to hire a reputable contractor are included.

November 30, 2018 from 12-1pm ET. Join presenter Dr. Catherine Craven for this free webcast event. Click here to watch the event live.

November 14, 2018 from 9:30am to 1:00pm at the Peterborough Naval Association. Join Dr. Adachi for "Osteoporosis 101"; Sue Bitonte for "The Do's and Don'ts of Yoga and Osteoporosis" and Shannon Burton for "Exercise and Movement in Your Community". A light lunch will be served.  Registration is free but required by November 9th. Call Cathy Pearcy at 705-761-0223 or email cpearcy@osteoporosis.ca. Registration is available online here.

The author discusses social capital interventions targetting older people on health outcomes. 3 pages. Last reviewed October 2018.

The authors discuss a study conducted to investigate the relationship between social capital and its impact on cognitive function among the elderly.  8 pages. Last reviewed October 2018.

This report examines the benefits of social participation and makes recommendations for a tool or tools based on the evidence to evaluate the impacts of social centres in the future. 84 pages. Last reviewed October 2018.

November 16, 2018 from 10am - 3pm EST.  Learning the Ropes for Living with MCI® is aimed at community dwelling older adults experiencing Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and their close relative. The focus is on optimizing cognitive health through lifestyle choices, memory training, and psychosocial support. The immediate goals of the program are to improve healthy lifestyle behaviours in all participants, memory strategy knowledge and use in participants with MCI, and adaptive coping skills in close relatives (family/friend). This workshop provides healthcare professionals with an in-depth understanding of MCI and the necessary background and training to deliver an effective group intervention targeted to the specialized needs of those affected by MCI. To learn more or to register click here.

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