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.

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.

Wed. Nov. 28, 2018 7:30am - 4pm at Liuna Station, Hamilton. This continuing medical education event features speakers Dr. Roger Wong and Dr. Barbara Resnick. Learning objectives of the day are to share evidence-based and practical approaches to health promotion and prevention for older adults as well as address key topics related to healthy aging.  For more information and registration details click here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The 2018 Food as Medicine Updateis a full day symposium for healthcare professionals designed to address the emerging interest in the gut microbiome in health and chronic disease. This series aims to address the knowledge-gap in continuing medical education related to the role of nutrition in patient care.Webcast registration is available by clicking here.

November 28, 2018 12-1pm EDT rejoignez ce webinaire gratuit présenté par le McMaster Health Forum, qui décrit les éléments constitutifs du système de santé de l'Ontario, ainsi que la manière dont ces éléments constitutifs sont utilisés pour fournir des soins dans la province. Le matériel couvert permettra aux citoyens, aux patients et aux soignants d’être mieux placés pour défendre les changements qu’ils souhaitent voir dans leur système lorsque des opportunités se présentent.

November 14, 2018 from 12-1pm EST join this free webinar presented by the McMaster Health Forum, which describes the building blocks of Ontario's health system, as well as how those building blocks are used to provide care in the province.  The material covered will ensure citizens, patients and caregivers are better positioned to advocate for the changes they want to see in their system when opportunities arise. Register here.

December 11, 2018 at the Baycrest in Toronto join this innovation and networking forum for leaders who engage staff and students in learning about long-term care.  Lean in & Learn: Improving care experiences through staff wellness & relational care. Workshop topics will include mindfulness leadership & relational care in practice, grief & loss, wellness through active compassion, and comfort care conversations for changes in condition. Register now!

November 22, 2018 at the Lanark Lodge in Perth join this innovation and networking forum for leaders who engage staff and students in learning about long-term care.  Lean in & Learn: Improving care experiences through staff wellness & relational care. Workshop topics will include mindfulness leadership & relational care in practice, grief & loss, wellness through active compassion, and comfort care conversations for changes in condition. Register now!

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