Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Having Difficult Conversations with Older Adults” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Institute for Life Course & Aging, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy and SE Research Centre.

Information about funding opportunities and calls for abstracts from the Canadian Association on Gerontology and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council are included.  A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

Wed. June 5th from 8:45AM to 4:00PM at the Best Western Inn on the Bay, join the Grey Bruce Geriatric Education Cooperative for this interactive learning experience to learn more about osteoporosis and frailty, fracture prevention for long-term care residents, exercise for bone health, falls & fracture prevention, medications in osteoporosis treatment, diet for optimal bone health, fracture risk scale and fracture screening and prevention program. To learn more or to register see the pdf.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources related to health literacy and older adults. Topics include:

  • research on health literacy among older adults
  • online resources / ehealth
  • cognition
  • treatment and medication adherence
  • cancer
  • exercise 

5 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

The authors argue that understanding how health literacy and demographic factors contribute to the rate of falls is key to modifying fall prevention interventions to be more effective among those older adults with low health literacy. 10 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

Baycrest, in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, is excited to announce Cycle 4 of “Project ECHO Care of the Elderly” (ECHO COE), a telehealth education program with didactic presentations and case-based learning that aims to help primary care providers build capacity in the care of older adults. The sessions run weekly from April 10 – July 17, 2019 on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 PM EST. For more information, please see the pdf downloads or click here

Wed. April 3, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join presenter Dr. Mohammad Auais as he discusses fear of falling prevalence among older adults; health consequences of fear of falling in the short and long terms, including physical disability; evaluating fear of falling and discussing some available outcome measures for clinical practice; and managing fear of falling. Register here.

This literature review examined the association between hearing loss and other health conditions with consideration of the management of hearing loss in a multimorbidity context. 9 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

Wed. May 15, 2019 from 8:15 AM - 3:30 PM EST at St. Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Ave, Ottawa the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario is offering an interactive workshop for health care professionals of older adults who are seeking to improve the quality of life for their patients. To learn more or to register click here.

Friday, March 29, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Dr.'s Marla Beauchamp, Lauren Griffith and Ayse Kuspinar as they provide an evidence-based synthesis of balance and mobility testing for fall risk assessment in older adults. They will provide an overview of clinical practice guidelines for assessing fall risk in older adults along with a practical synthesis of evidence to date.  They will highlight new results from the Canadian Longitudinal study on Aging (CLSA) that address important gaps in the current available evidence. Finally they will discuss ongoing efforts in research on fall risk assessment. Register here

Thurs. May 2, 2019 from 12-1 PM EST. Join presenter, Dr. Caitlin McArthur of GERAS (Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Science) for this Beyond the Break OTN presentation (#109155884). View the 2019 schedule here.

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