Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Abuse & Neglect of Older Adults”, the latest sagelink blog, a listing of upcoming events and opportunities and updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Behavioural Supports Ontario, BrainXchange, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, SE Research Centre and Seniors Health Knowledge Network.

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The pdf newsletter for December 2018 includes information regarding programs and services available to help seniors live at home in the Prince Edward County area.

While researchers from around the world work to find new ways to treat Alzheimer’s and prevent the on-set of dementia, families and people affected by different stages of dementia must make good use of all available tools to address the cognitive and emotional symptoms of the condition. One important such tool is music.

This newsletter style handout dispels common myths about Consent and Capacity in the Long-term Care home setting and provides a list of helpful resources.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has projected that Canada will spend $211 billion on health this year, including $34.5 billion in drug expenditures alone. Deprescribing is the practice of stopping, reducing, or slowly withdrawing medications that are inappropriate, unsafe or ineffective. Pharmacists can play a key role in helping Canadians reduce the number of medications they are taking. In fact, an Ontario pharmacist has recently received government funding to develop and implement guidelines to assist prescribers with deprescribing medications. This issue of the Translator highlights the role of the pharmacist in deprescribing in an effort to both optimize the health of Canadian seniors and ensure the sustainability of the health care system:In Managing polypharmacy in a 77-year-old woman with multiple prescribers;  Discontinuing benzodiazepine therapy: An interdisciplinary approach at a geriatric day hospital; n Deprescribing medication in very elderly patients with multimorbidity: the view of Dutch GPs; Incidence and economic burden of adverse drug  reactions among elderly patients in Ontario emergency departments.

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