Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Falls & Older Adults”, the latest sagelink blog, a listing of upcoming events, as well as opportunities and updates from 5th National Fall Prevention Conference, AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Behavioural Supports Ontario, BrainXchange, Bruyère, 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 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 Ontario, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, and Weston Brain Institute.

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Bonefit is an evidence-informed exercise training workshop, designed for healthcare professionals and exercise specialists to provide training on the most appropriate, safe and effective methods to prescribe and progress exercise for people with osteoporosis. To see the full listing of upcoming workshops see the latest poster here.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of resources related to falls and older adults. Topics include considerations regarding balance training, cognition, dementia, diabetes, fear of falling, mental health, multiple sclerosis, nutrition, obesity, orthostatic hypotension, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and traumatic brain injury. 4 pages. Last reviewed October 2019.

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 describes the pathophysiology of osteoporosis in chronic kidney disease and the increased risk of fractures. 5 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 article discusses the deleterious effects of glucocorticoids on bone health that can result in fractures. 4 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

The authors  assessed the relationship between mobility status using TUG test, bone mineral density (BMD), and different fracture risks predicted by different tools. Poor timed up and go test results are associated with lower bone mineral density and higher estimated ten year fracture risk. 5 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

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