Canada's first national dementia strategy sets out a vision for the future and identifies common principles and national objectives to help guide actions by all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, communities, families and individuals. The actions undertaken to achieve the strategy's national objectives may evolve over time, but every action will bring Canada closer to the vision of a Canada in which all people living with dementia and caregivers are valued and supported, quality of life is optimized, and dementia is prevented, well understood, and effectively treated.

The Government of Ontario is seeking ideas and feedback from seniors and their families, people who care for seniors, organizations that support seniors, advocacy groups and others to inform the development of a provincial seniors' strategy.  Deadline to participate is July 19, 2019. To learn more or take the survey please click here.

On July 8th, 2019 from 12-1PM EST,  join us for this free webinar presentation featuring Dr. Chris Frank as he reviews the scant literature on the demographic factors common in health-care serial murderers; makes the link between patient safety principles and Health Care Serial Murder (HCSM), and summarizes relevant information arising from the Wettlaufer Inquiry. Register for the webinar here.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Dual Sensory Loss in Older Adults” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, BrainXchange, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Deafblind Ontario Services, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario.

Information about the Seniors Community Grant Program and CABHI Spark Program funding opportunities are included. Opportunities to share insights related to health care improvement and dementia are also featured. 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.

Oct 22-24, 2019 at the Delta Beausejour, Moncton, New Brunswick. At this conference engaging demonstrations and presentations from across the AGE-WELL network will spotlight real-world solutions to support healthy aging. It's an opportunity for knowledge exchange, networking and collaborating among AGE-WELL stakeholders. To learn more or to register click here.

October 25-26, 2019 at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta.  This 2 day conference features Dr. Helen Lavretsky as this year's keynote speaker. She will be kicking off the meeting with a talk on the neurobiology of resilience in older adults and Dr. Krista Lanctot will be giving a plenary talk on cannabis for BPSD. To learn more click here.

August 22, 2019 from 1:30-2:30 PM EST join Dick Moore and Mary Harvey for this free webinar as they discuss a variety of real case scenarios, strategies to build culturally-competent staff and volunteer teams and explore opportunities to communicate effectively to residents, families and the public. To learn more and to register click here.

Oct 3-5, 2019 at the Quebec City Convention Centre this three day conference covers assessment, technology, cannabis, medical assistance in dying through the lens of dementia, human rights, person-centred care, pharmacology, blood pressure, biomarkers, prevention, improving quality of life and more.  To learn more or to register click here.

Tuesday July 9th from 12-1PM EST join Amber Schiec and Marguerite Thomas as they discuss designing your own multi-faceted campaign to deliver the message to clients to walk more and to walk safely. To learn more or register click here.

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