Highlights of this issue include a reading list on Oral Health & Older Adults. A listing of upcoming events, opportunities and updates related to aging, health and caring for older adults are included. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

Wed. April 29, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Sonia Hsiung of the Alliance for Healthier Communities as she discusses how social prescribing is an intentional pathway that deepens the integration between health care and social supports, how it relates to your work, and how we can build a more connected, co-created, equitable, and resilient community together. To learn more or to register click here.

November 1-3 November, 2020 in Niagra Falls, Ontario. This 3 day conference covers four themes with three keynote speakers, three presidential symposiums and two exhibition spaces. To learn more or to register click here

This reading list contains a variety of topics related to oral health and older adults including prevention, aging, periodontal considerations, dry mouth and more. 2 pages. Last reviewed December 2019.

THE NEW DATE FOR THE CONFERENCE WILL NOW BE OCTOBER 1, 2020, THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR OLDER PERSONS. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR THE MAY DATE WILL BE FULLY REFUNDED AND REGISTRATION WILL REOPEN SOON.  NIA's first annual conference features Dr. Samir Sinha, Dr. Bonnie-Jeanne Macdonald, Keith Ambachtsheer and more at Ryerson University.. The aim of the event is to bring together the health sector, finanical industry, government officials, and the Ryerson community for a full day focused on personal financial security, healthy aging, and discussion on public system sustainability. To learn more click here.

Feb. 19, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Dr. Alexandra Mayhew as she explores how differences in the operationalization of sarcopenia impact the prevalence of sarcopenia, the agreement between definitions, and the magnitude of the association of sarcopenia with falls using data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). The implication of these findings on future sarcopenia research and clinical practice will be discussed. To learn more or to register click here.

As clinicians and community-based individuals, we encounter problematic substance use as well as Substance Use Disorder among older adults in our daily work.  Canadian healthcare providers now have the tools they need to better support the prevention, assessment and treatment of older adults at risk of, or living with, substance use disorders.

The Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) officially launched 4 sets of Clinical Guidelines on Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults on January 20th, 2020.  These Clinical Guidelines on the prevention, screening, assessment and treatment of Alcohol, Cannabis, Benzodiazepine and Opioid Use Disorders among older adults are available online at www.ccsmh.ca.  In addition to these Guidelines, the CCSMH will be producing community brochures and other knowledge translation material on substance use disorder among older adults in the coming months.

Date: January 23, 2020

Presenters:

Peter Berry Ph.D.

The CSAH Continuing Education for HCP courses have been developed to support continuing education for health care professionals. These courses are designed to accommodate the HCP in the workplace, with the option of following our '101' series of condensed introductory courses with the option of following a more in-depth comprehensive coverage of the particular health issue.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources including considerations regarding:

  • sexual activity and aging
  • stereotypes and ageism
  • sexual function
  • discussing sexual well-being with patients
  • considerations for healthcare professionals
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • LGBT considerations
  • intimacy in long-term care
  • capacity and consent in dementia

6 pages. Last reviewed December 2019.

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