Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Older Adults & Health Issues Related to Season or Climate", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyère Research Institute, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and Senior Friendly Care. Information about CABHI, Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund and the Health and Well-Being Grant funding opportunities as well as a listing of upcoming events are included. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

Thursday, January 11th from 12-1pm, Dr. Andrea Iaboni will list dementia-related falls risk factors, describe evidence-based falls prevention approaches in the advanced stage of dementia and an approach to person-centred falls management and palliative care in advanced dementia. This presentation will be available via webcast at http://webcast.otn.ca.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources on chronic health issues and the older adult. Resources included are related to Canadian population studies, supporting self-management, disease/condition specific publications and reports from around the globe. 3 pages.

This article discusses strategies for improving adherence to treatment plans which includes the promotion of simplified medical regimes, the use of aids and more.

The authors state that the current health care system relies on the assumption that older populations have well-developed skills required for self-management of chronic disease. Clinicians must acknowledge the relationship between cognition and self-management and improve their ability to identify and respond to the causes of treatment non-adherence particularly as they related to dementia.

The Alzheimer's Society presents Taking on the Caring Challenges of Dementia with Ron Below and Advance Care Planning Topics with Audrey Miller on January, 25th from 8:30am-12:30pm at the Harbour restaurant. Family and caregivers are welcome to attend with their loved ones as there will be 12 respite care spots available.  Registration is free and is required by January 22nd by calling 613-544-3078 or emailing reception@alzking.com.

Join presenter Phyllis Fehr for this webinar on Wed. Dec. 13th from 12-1pm EST  where she will provide an overview of the human rights' movement in Canada, including recent developments and engagement with the United Nations; encourage participants to consider how our human rights apply to people living with dementia as well as hear personal stories and case examples that illustrate common instances of discrimination and abuse of human rights that occur regularly in our health and social care systems.  Register here.

Your invited to the Alzheimer Society's Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 5th from 1-4pm at 400 Elliott Ave. Unit 4, Kingston.  Snacks, refreshments, music, fun and friends. All are welcome! Call 613-544-3078 or 1-800-266-7516 for more information.

Join Sharon Lewis, Education and Support Coordinator with the Alzheimer Society of KFL&A on Dec 6th from 1-3pm at the Airheart Conference Room at Lennox & Addington County General Hospital to discuss the joys and challenges of supporting someone living with dementia.  Bring your questions!  Please RSVP 613-354-3301 ext 203 or kim@landahospice.ca

To protect your older adult, we explain how to spot warning signs of elder abuse across the 6 types of abuse. Even if your older adult doesn’t recognize what’s happening or can’t speak for themselves, you’ll know when something suspicious is going on. We also share recommendations on organizations you can contact for help.

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