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.

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 article discusses a research study undertaken to determine whether hearing impairment is associated with multiple categories of self-reported physical functioning in a cross-sectional, nationally representative sample of older adults 70 years and older. 13 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

Tuesday, February 19, 12 - 1 PM EST - Join presenter Debra Sheets (Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria) for Characteristics of Caregivers and Care receivers in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). Caregiving has become a common role for Canadian families as the numbers of older adults with comorbidity, disability and frailty who need help with daily activities (e.g. meal preparation, transportation) continues to grow. The CLSA is the first longitudinal study to collect data on Canadian caregivers and care receivers. It offers a unique opportunity to examine patterns of caregiving and care receiving (e.g., who provides care, what types of care, and more). This presentation examines patterns of caregiving and care receiving by sociodemographic characteristics, self-reported health, and type of care given/received (e.g. IADL/ADL, chronic conditions). To register, click here.

Feb. 26th 12-1PM EST join this free webinar hosted by Parkinson Canada which will address invisible disabilities associated with neurological disorders and how they relate to the Customer Service, Employment and Transportation Standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. To learn more and to register here.

This overview discusses the relevance of anorexia in the context of sarcopenia and frailty. The importance of treating anorexia in frail older adults is highlighted. 8 pages. Last reviewed December 2018.

The authors of this publication discuss the complex the problem of anorexia of aging and how it fulfills the criteria of being geriatric syndrome description (as it was currently defined). 4 pages. Last reviewed December 2018.

This article describes a study that aimed to evaluate the relationship between anorexia of aging and measure of physical performance, muscle strength and functional status in older adults 80 years or older. 7 pages. Last reviewed December 2018.

This video includes 2 concurrent sessions with the theme of rehabilitation as the future of dementia care.  Session 1 features Kate Swaffer as she outlines a pathway of support which includes rehabilitation and disability support for all people with dementia.  Session 2 feautres Monica Cations who explored the perspectives of health professionals to understand key barriers to delivery of rehabilitation to this group and identify strategies for change.  She discussed how health professionals can change their understanding of dementia care to embrace rehabilitation as a means to deliver a more proactive and continuous care pathway. 1hr07min. Last reviewed November 2018.

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