Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Abuse & Neglect of Older Adults”, the latest sagelink blog, a listing of upcoming events and opportunities and updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Behavioural Supports Ontario, BrainXchange, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, SE Research Centre and Seniors Health Knowledge Network.

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Oct. 23rd, 2019 from 9am to 7pm EST at McGill.  This edition of the PATH symposium will (i) engage researchers, clinicians, educators, and trainees from a variety of disciplines including Kinesiology, Geriatric Medicine, Human Nutrition, and Endocrinology & Metabolism; and (ii) showcase emerging musculoskeletal health and aging research through a series of presentations. Learn more or register here.

Since 2010, Bonefit has trained over 1600 health and fitness professionals from physiotherapists, kinesiologists, fitness trainers to yoga teachers, PTAs and OTAs. It’s been led by Dr. Judi Laprade from the University of Toronto and Dr. Caitlin McArthur from GERAS since day 1.  Read more for information about upcoming workshops in Ontario.

Currently, in Ontario, and in most other provinces, there is great variation in the way BMD (Bone Mineral Density) test referrals are made. BMD testing measures bone mass, indicating whether someone has osteoporosis or is at risk, and plays an important role in the reduction of morbidity and mortality related to fractures. It is therefore important to standardize BMD requisitions, to ensure appropriate ndividuals get tested for osteoporosis risk.

This article reviews the physiological basis of age-related osteoporosis  and discuss relevant preclinical studies that use exogenous musculoskeletal stem cell transplantation with the aim of treating osteoporosis in murine models. 10 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

This article describes the pathophysiology of osteoporosis in chronic kidney disease and the increased risk of fractures. 5 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

This article describes the research which found an association between fruit and vegetable intake with higher bone mineral density and lower osteoporosis in elderly Chinese subjects. 13 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

This review describes the changes in modern diet with regard to several nutrients, particularly addressing the type and amount of consumed fat; b) explain the shortcomings of the modern diet with regard to inflammatory processes; and c) delineate the reciprocity between adiposity and inflammatory processes and the link that connects obesity, osteoporosis, and inflammation. The authors present the hypothesis that omega-6 (n-6) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) propagate obesity and osteoporosis by increasing/maintaining low-grade chronic inflammation (LGCI), ultimately shifting the commitment of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) toward increased adipogenesis. 10 pages. Last reviewed August 2018. 

This publication provides an overview of what is known about osteoporosis in men.  Sex differences in treatment options are included. 4 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

This review focuses on recent developments in the understanding of epidemiology, pathophysiology and management of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis and the implications for clinical practice. 10 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.