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.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Aging, Technology & Gerontechnology", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Program, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Centre for Studies in Aging & Health, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Regional Geriatrics Program of Ontario and Senior Friendly Care.

Information about the Healthy Canadians Grant, ONF's Spinal Cord Injury, PHAC and CSA/CIHR/IMHA funding opportunities are included. Health Canada's consultation process for developing a framework on Palliative Care is also highlighted. A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 PM EDT. This webinar presented by Karen Henderson, will provide practical tips on planning for and meeting both the little and big planning challenges that face us all—from when is the right time to retire, to re-evaluating your location, to an easy way to keep your advance directive current. Helpful resources will also be provided. Register here.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 12-1 PM EDT. In this webinar, Dr. Barbara Farrell will highlight common elements of the deprescribing process and demonstrate approaches to engaging patients through shared decision-making. To register, click here.

Thursday, July 5th from 2-3 PM EDT. Join Dr. Tom Perry for this webinar when he will demonstrate how experienced clinicians can promote a culture shift towards deprescribing by encouraging their juniors to recognize that drug harms often exceed the potential benefits. To learn more or to register click here.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Infinity Convention Centre located on 2901 Gibford Dr., Ottawa. In collaboration with the Ottawa Hospital, IQ @ TOH, Bruyère Research Institute, the QUILT Network and the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario, this conference will provide you the opportunity to share and learn about relevant practices that improve quality and safety of care for frail populations. For additonal information, please contact patientsafety@toh.ca. To register, click here

October 17-20, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec. The Congress will provide a state of the art experience for stroke professionals, researchers and policy makers. We have designed an unparalleled educational and scientific program covering epidemiology, prevention, acute care and stroke recovery. For more information or to register click here.

November 14-16, 2018 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto.  This conference profiles new and emerging research, innovation and quality initiatives in a unique forum designed for learning, networking and information sharing. Participants will learn how a variety of innovative programs that are already in use across Ontario align with the current health landscape, and the benefits that result. To learn more or to register click here.

Today, many elders are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation in a plethora of ways. Unfortunately, an excess of these cases go unreported and unnoticed to the public. With that said, it is important to address the topic to prevent elder abuse from becoming more prevalent. This guide will address the different types of elder abuse, how to address and prevent them, and also how to avoid becoming a elderly victim of theft. Last reviewed June 2018.

Friday, September 28th, 2018 at the Ramada Kingston Hotel & Conference Centre located on 33 Benson St., Kingston. This workshop is intended for community and long term care exercise providers delivering exercise programs that include stroke survivors with mild-moderate impairments. This includes, and is not limited to health promoters/trainers, restorative care, recreational therapy, PTAs, and PTs. To register, click here.

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