Canada's first national dementia strategy sets out a vision for the future and identifies common principles and national objectives to help guide actions by all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, communities, families and individuals. The actions undertaken to achieve the strategy's national objectives may evolve over time, but every action will bring Canada closer to the vision of a Canada in which all people living with dementia and caregivers are valued and supported, quality of life is optimized, and dementia is prevented, well understood, and effectively treated.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Dual Sensory Loss in Older Adults” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, BrainXchange, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Deafblind Ontario Services, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario.

Information about the Seniors Community Grant Program and CABHI Spark Program funding opportunities are included. Opportunities to share insights related to health care improvement and dementia are also featured. A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

Oct 3-5, 2019 at the Quebec City Convention Centre this three day conference covers assessment, technology, cannabis, medical assistance in dying through the lens of dementia, human rights, person-centred care, pharmacology, blood pressure, biomarkers, prevention, improving quality of life and more.  To learn more or to register click here.

June 12, 2019 from 9-10AM EST.  Join presenter Dr. Yaakov Stern for this webinar which aims to broaded your understanding of the cognitive reserve hypothesis and highlight recent evidence that supports the idea that specific genetic and lifestyle factors may help preserve a healthy brain or enhance brain reserve. To register click here.

Thurs. June 20, 2019 from 12-1PM EST.  Join Dr. Cheryl Wellington as she discusses the vascular system in the brain and new research findings that suggest that maintaining good cardiovascular health may be an important strategy to delay te onset of dementia or slow its progression. To learn more or to register click here.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources related to dual sensory impairment and loss in older adults. Themes include:

  • screening
  • rehabilitation
  • assistive technology
  • mental health
  • quality of life
  • dementia 

4 pages. Last reviewed May 2019.

This Cochrane review sought to assess the effects and common adverse effects of any drug treatment versus placebo for sleep disorders in people with dementia through analyzing relevant randomized controlled trials. 67 pages. Last reviewed May 2019.

This article describes a systematic review and meta-analysis which aimed to quantify the effects of sleep disorders and problems on cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. 18 pages. Last reviewed May 2019.

The authors aimed to determine the relationship between sleep-disordered breathing and cognitive impairment and to investigate potential mechanisms of this association. 7 pages. Last reviewed May 2019.

The study described in this publication sought to identify screening tools, technologies and strategies that vision and hearing care specialists recommend to front-line healthcare professionals for the screening of older adults in long-term care homes who have dementia. 12 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

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