Baycrest Health Sciences in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, will hold Cycle 3 of "Project ECHO Care of the Elderly" (ECHO COE) from January 8, 2018 – March 19, 2019 on Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00 pm. The goal of this free telehealth education program is to enhance the quality of care for older adults in Ontario, by improving the knowledge and skills of health care providers. To learn more click here.


Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Social Capital & Older Age,” updates from AGEWELL, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere Research Institute, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Institute for Life Course & Aging, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program,Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy and Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and SE Research.

Information about funding opportunities and calls for abstracts from AGE-WELL, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care, Canadian Insitutes of Health Research, Ontario Brain Institute, Public Health Agency of Canada, Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation and Weston Brain Institute are included.  A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

The SF7 Toolkit supports clinical best practices for healthcare providers across the sectors of care and includes self-management tools for older adults and their caregivers. The toolkit provides a common practice framework that complements the unique skills and practices of the various care providers helping older adults. SF7 focuses on seven clinical areas that support resilience, independence, and quality of life: cognition (particularly delirium), mobility, social engagement, continence, pain, nutrition, and polypharmacy. The SF7 toolkit is available by individual topic, or bundled together. 89 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.

Wed. Feb. 13, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Pam Howell as she discusses polypharmacy and medication related side effects related to increased fall risk and how deprescribing can help meet individual's medication goals. To learn more or to register click here.

This inventory of fall prevention resources and learning opportunities is designed to support those who are caring for a loved one living with dementia or cognitive impairment to understand the risks of falls and create plans to reduce the risks. It is a ‘living’ document that should continue to grow as additional resources and learning opportunities are located. The resources that are noted below have been organized by a topic framework and prefaced by description of what the evidence indicates in the references. 38 pages. Last reviewed October 2018.

This is a policy summary of the Canadian Medical Association which advocates for programs and supports to promote healthy aging; a comprehensive continuum of health services to provide optimal care and support ot older Canadians; and an environment and society that is "age friendly." 10 pages. Last reviewed September 2018.

Nov. 8th from 2-3:30 PM EST at the Atrium, Hamilton. ONF has partnered with the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging to bring together a panel of experts for a presentation entitled "Fall Prevention for Older Adults With Cognitive Impairment". The panel will discuss what is needed to mitgate the risk of falls, particularly in those who are vulnerable. To learn more or to register click here, call 905-525-9140 ext. 21056 or email MIRAinfo@McMaster.ca.

Thurs. Nov. 22, 2018 from 12-1 PM EST.  Join Dr.'s  Calder & Labreche as they discuss Falls Risk Associated with Diplopia, Vision Considerations in a Long Term Care Setting, Vision and Dementia and Impact of systemic conditions on visual function. To learn more or to register click here.

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.

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