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.

March 28, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join presenter Barb Sutcliffe as she disccuses the topic of culture change and how to move from being task-focused to people focused. Resources will be shared to support long-term care homes interested in putting living first and creating a culture where everyone - residents, family members, and team members thrive.  Register here.

This article describes a study aimed at developing a better understanding of the current operations of two family health teams in Ontario. The findings provide a helpful basis for implementing interventions in primary care. 10 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

March 19-20, 2019. This workshop is best suited for those who have experience in facilitation and are eager to master the essential task of nurturing leadership from across sectors to work collaboratively to generate new opportunities and solutions for addressing intractable issues.  To learn more or to register click here.

September 19 - 21, 2019 at the Brookstreet Hotel, Ottawa. This conference provides doctors, nurses, pharmacists, hospice palliative care and other allied healthcare professionals; and caregivers, volunteers, spiritual advisers, and social workers with the opportunity to share their experience and expertise on a national platform. This event expects to attract 500-800 hospice palliative care professionals. To learn more or to register click here.

Thursday November 1, 2018 from 1-4pm EST this FREE virtual event will overview Assess & Restore interventions from across the continuum of care including successes and opportunities, strategies and key learnings from:

  • VON SMART Enhanced In-Home Program - Mississauga Halton LHIN
  • The Home Independence Program (HIP) - Central West LHIN
  • Virtual Ward and Community Enhanced Recovery Program - Central East LHIN
  • Enhanced Service Delivery: Geriatric Care Coordinator/Lead for Senior’s Clinical Pathway Development - North West LHIN
  • Enhancing Assess & Restore Capacity  - Central LHIN

Please join us for this free knowledge exchange event! 

Register online at: https://2018novrcaforumreg.eventbrite.ca

Community Connect 2018, October 17-18th at the Hilton Suites Markham/Toronto. Immerse yourself in an environment of innovation, discovery and leading-edge thinking.This year's conference is an exceptional opportunity to connect with home care, independent living and community support service trailblazers - and network with thought leaders across various sectors and industries. Learn the latest about the big-picture systems drivers that impact our sector, engage with enterprising spirits who are re-imagining service delivery, and learn practical solutions to solve some of your most pressing operational concerns. This year's areas of special focus will include Workforce Issues; Strategies and Solutions; Health System Evolution; Leading for Influence and Impact; Innovation; and Excellence in Operations and Administration​. Register here.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 from 1:30-2:30pm EST join presenters Jaimie Killingbeck and Jennifer Hartwick for this webianr offered in collaboration with Seniors Quality Leap Initiative (SQLI) and will explore some of the strategies that Schlegel Villages have used to engage residents in enhancing Village Life.  To learn more or register click here.

The Caregiver Support Framework is a resource for healthcare providers to use in leading collaborative improvement plans with clients and caregivers. The Logic Model’s Vision, Objectives, and the Five Main Elements can be used to guide, plan and measure the impact of specific caregiver support activities such as, peer education, caregiver training, and respite programs. 11 pages. Last reviewed July 2018.

On May 25, 2018, Kelly Kay gave this presentation which provided an overview of the competency framework for interprofessional CGA. She examined the applications for interprofessional practice and provided an update on current knowledge to action activities. She concluded with a review of the major critiques associated with competency based practice to help practitioners avoid pitfalls. 30 slides. Last reviewed May 2018.

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