The National Institute on Ageing (NIA) is launching consultations on a National Seniors Strategy. They want to hear directly from you. The ideas, feedback and comments from the general public and stakeholders on this consultation document will inform an updated version of their National Seniors Strategy which will be presented to the elected government. Consultations close November 1st, 2019. Participate in the consultation here.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Active Aging”, the latest sagelink blog, a listing of upcoming events, as well as opportunities and updates from AGE-WELL, Behavioural Supports Ontario, BrainXchange, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, CIHR, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Institute for Life Course & Aging, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Public Health Agency of Canada, Queen’s University Continuing Professional Development, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, Seniors Health Knowledge Network and Weston Brain Institute.

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Dec. 11, 2019 from 4:30-6:00pm EST. This free webinar is offered by Queen's University's Continuing Professional Development office. To learn more or to register click here.

Nov. 27, 2019, 4:30-6:00pm. This free webinar is offered by Queen's University's Continuing Professional Development office. By the end of this webinar participants will be able to integrate legal and compassionate considerations into the decision making processes of MAiD and evaluate on a case-by-case basis the legal implications of MAiD clinical practice. This is one in a series of related webinars. To learn more or to register click here.

Oct. 30, 2019, 4:30-6:00pmThis free webinar is offered by Queen's University's Continuing Professional Development office.  By the end of this overview participants will be able to integrate learning about the processes of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in their clinical decision making processes.  This is one in a series of upcoming webinars. To learn more or to register click here.

Oct. 16, 2019 from 4:30-6:00pm EST. This free webinar is offered by Queen's University's Continuing Professional Development office.  By the end of this overview participants will be able to integrate learning about the processes of Palliative End of Life Care (PEOLC) into their clinical decision making processes; identify applicable resources to PEOLC clinical processes and navigate conversations with patients leading to a PEOLC course of treatment.  This is the first in a series of upcoming webinars. To learn more or to register click here.

The Institute for Life Course and Aging offers a variety of online workshops for healthcare and other professionals who work with older adults.  A variety of topics are covered of the 2019-2020 period. For a full listing please click here.

April 25, 2019 from 8am- 4:15PM at Huguette Labelle - Tabaret Hall, 550 Cumberland St. Ottawa. This conference is designed for researchers, scholars, physicians, students and other health care professionals with an interest in mindfulness and contemplative studies. Participants will gain knowledge of the role of these philosophies and practices in understanding integrative oncology interventions, conscious aging, death and dying, and self-transcendence. The therapeutic potentials of yoga, research of contemplative practices in palliative care and concepts of self-transcendence within various spiritual traditions will be explored. To learn more and for registration details please see the pdf.

This handout includes a variety of communication tools in end-of-life care including ASK-TELL-ASK, "I WISH", N.U.R.S.E., S.P.I.K.E.S., and the basic structure for discussing DNR. 1 page. Last reviewed March 2019.

This report describes the evaluation of an evidence-based communication skills training for health and social care professionals. 4 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

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