Highlights of this issue include a reading list on Mental Health Considerations for Older Adults. This month’s blog is by Gail Hawley Knowles, R.N., BA, MHs on Anxiety in Older Adults.  A listing of upcoming events, opportunities and updates related to aging, health and caring for older adults are included. 

May 13, 2020 at the Saint Elias Banquet Centre, Ottawa from 8:15am to 4pm. The Regional Geriatric Program offers Geriatric Refresher Days for all those who work with the elderly.  The program includes keynote speakers, concurrent sessions and an opportunity for networking. Limited Time Offer! Early Bird Registration $75 until Feb 29,2020. Regular Registration $100. To view the agenda or to register click here.

April 26-28, 2020 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites, Richmond Hill, Ontario. This three day conference is intended for thought leaders, service providers, health system planners, researchers, policy makers, administrators, front-line practitioners and volunteers from across the healthcare spectrum to collaborate, network and integrate hospice palliative care in all settings. To learn more or to register click here.

Dec. 4, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Kelli Stajduhar, Neil Hilliard and Richard Sawatzky as they discuss participatory approaches undertaken to integrate a palliative approach in acute care medical units to improve the quality of care for older adults suffering from life-limiting illnesses. To learn more or to register click here.

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 8 AM - 4 PM at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale, 3450 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON. This conference will be of interest to clinicians, administrators, and planners in acute care and emergency services, community services, long-term care, and Ontario Health Teams. To learn more or register click here.

Co-developed with geriatric clinical experts from Ontario, on behalf of the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario, the sfCare Learning Series comprises introductory educational modules for clinicians, along with supporting posters and patient handouts on 7 key clinical topics: delirium, mobility, polypharmacy, pain, loneliness, nutrition, and urinary incontinence.

This publication outlines the standards of practice for all Speech-Language Pathologists in Ontario when providing services to individuals who present with acquired cognitive communication disorders. 50 pages. Last reviewed January, 2019.

The SF7 Toolkit supports clinical best practices for healthcare providers across the sectors of care and includes self-management tools for older adults and their caregivers. The toolkit provides a common practice framework that complements the unique skills and practices of the various care providers helping older adults. SF7 focuses on seven clinical areas that support resilience, independence, and quality of life: cognition (particularly delirium), mobility, social engagement, continence, pain, nutrition, and polypharmacy. The SF7 toolkit is available by individual topic, or bundled together. 89 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.

This supplement to the AGS Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Management of Chronic Pain in Older Adults discusses the evidence that physical activity may play a preventative and restorative role in functional capacity in those with osteoarthritis (OA). 16 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

The authors investigated the dynamic change of arthritis pain and depressive symptoms over a four year period in a sample of older adults. 9 pages. Last reviewed August 2018.

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