Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Engaging & Empowering Older Adults", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Centre for Studies in Aging & Health, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Queen's University and Senior Friendly Care.

Information about a call for proposals from the Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation, CFN's Innovation Showcase Application details, CAG2018's call for abstracts and Ontario Trillium Foundations' and Ontario Centres for Excellence funding opportunities are included. A number of upcoming events are also included. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

On April 17th from 12-1 PM EST join Jenna Gibss for this presentation brought to you by Osteoporosis Canada and Women’s College Hospital to increase your knowledge on emerging best practices. To register click here.

Thurs. May 17th from 12-1 PM EST join presenters Anna Rusak and Sue Hochu as they discuss the association between oral diseases and diabetes, osteoporosis, respiratory and heart diseases, nutritional deficiencies, development of frailty and more. To learn more or to register click here.

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Tuesday May 1, 2018 from 12-1PM EST. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, typically progressive, inflammatory mediated disease resulting in demyelination of the central nervous system. Although MS can lead to motor, sensory, psychological, and cognitive deficits, falls prevention for people with MS has only recently received attention in research or clinical arenas. Fortunately, falls are now recognized as a considerable consequence of MS. Research to date has also highlighted the importance of recognizing and addressing diverse influences on fall risk.

The April calendar for the Belleville 50+ Centre includes meetings, presentations, recreation and social opportunities. Please see the pdf.

National Conference on Osteoporosis and Osteoarthrtis for clinicians, researchers and trainees with an interest in musculoskeletal health is presented by Osteoporosis Canada in partnership with Bone and Joint Canada May 3-5, 2018 in Toronto.  Participants will hear from internationally and nationally recognized speakers. The venue is set up to promote mentorship, education and networking. To learn more click here.

Wed. March 28th, 1-2:30pm EST join presenters Wendy Carew and Jerry Tomljenovic for this webinar offered by the Public Health Agency of Canada in partnership with the Fall Prevention Community of Practice.  Presenters will advance participants conceptual understanding of the connection between age-friendly communities and fall prevention strategies as well as offer practical community examples of how deliberate linkages between these approaches can strengthen local services and supports. Register here.

May 2, 2018, 7:30am-4:00pm at the London Convention Centre. Current and Practical Knowledge to Inspire and Advance Care. This event will be of interest to health care providers including physicians, nurses, therapists (OT, PT, SLP, RT), pharmacists, dietitians, psychologists, social workers, researchers, educators and discharge planners, as well as people serving primarily in administrative positions.This event provides professionals with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge base, to refine specific skills, and to meet with others who share their concern in improving quality care for the older adult.

The plenary session encourages interdisciplinary discussion of a subject common to all, while concurrent sessions provide medical updates and review of best practices of topics in geriatric care. All sessions include time for questions from participants and many speakers are available for informal discussions throughout the day. Click here for more information or to register.

June 11-12, 2018 Join experts from across Canada and around the world to share clinical advances, research excellence and policy innovations in fall prevention. We hope you enjoy two days of learning and networking and also take time to enjoy some of the sights and sounds that historic St. John’s has to offer. For more information click here.

Osteoporosis Canada, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy and GERAS Centre for Aging Research are excited to announce the launch of four series of videos, aimed at educating health care professionals to prevent falls and fractures for long-term care (LTC) residents.

Osteoporosis and falls are the leading cause of fractures in LTC homes and 44% of LTC residents are at high risk for fractures. The video series promote exercise and safe movements to prevent falls and fractures in LTC. The information and key messages in the videos were developed in accordance with evidence-based recommendations for fall and fracture prevention in LTC, and through consultations with LTC team members and experts. Click here to watch the 4-part series for Personal Support Workers.