On Dec. 2, 2019, Dr. John Puxty provided this webinar presentation where he discussed the relevance of osteoporosis, falls and fractures in seniors; assessing individual risk of osteoporotic fracture; the consequences of osteoporotic fractures; and effective treatment and management plans to reduce risk of future fractures. A pdf of the slides presented is available for review. Click here to view the presentation recording.

Canada's first national dementia strategy sets out a vision for the future and identifies common principles and national objectives to help guide actions by all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, communities, families and individuals. The actions undertaken to achieve the strategy's national objectives may evolve over time, but every action will bring Canada closer to the vision of a Canada in which all people living with dementia and caregivers are valued and supported, quality of life is optimized, and dementia is prevented, well understood, and effectively treated.

Highlights of this issue include reading lists on depression, dementia and delirium. This month’s blog is by Angela Dickieson R.N., B.Sc.N on Challenging Behaviours in Persons with Dementia.  A listing of upcoming events, opportunities and updates related to aging, health and caring for older adults are included. 

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This checklist identifies environmental adaptations for seniors that could help prevent accidents and enhance independent living at home. Guidelines on how to hire a reputable contractor are included.

The research article provides an update on changes to the Canadian Preventive Care Checklist (PCC) Form© including updates on vitamin D and calcium supplementation, depression screening and lifestyle modifications in obese patients, blood pressure targets in hypertension, dyslipidemia screening, and new vaccination recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). 5 Pages.

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

  • special considerations for LGBT elders
  • ageism
  • the relationship between mental health and diabetes
  • self-harm
  • suicidal ideation
  • substance use disorders
  • eating disorders
  • grief in dementia
  • stigma
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • anxiety
  • personality disorder
  • exercise

4 pages. Last reviewed December 2019.

This new Framework includes an updated plan for implementation of ACP in Canada. The 2019 Pan-Canadian Framework builds on the legacy of the 2012 National Framework and its influence on new developments and accomplishments. It is restructured to focus more on broadening partnerships, and promoting further collaboration among different jurisdictions (local, provincial/territorial, national) and systems (health, law, social services, life planning). Its development was funded by Health Canada as part of a $1.9 million project over three years to help people living in Canada prepare for their future health care needs.

Thurs. Dec. 12, 2019 from 2:30-4pm EST. Join Dr. Anthony Levinson and Dr. Richard Sztramko for this free webinar as they explore iGeriCare.ca, a free, online dementia education program for informal family caregivers of persons living with dementia developed at McMaster University. Among its many features, iGeriCare includes ten multi-media lessons, curated resources, and is host to live, online events where viewers can interact directly with experts in dementia and geriatrics. Click here to register.

March 30-31, 2020 from 8am to 4pm at the 1026 Baseline Rd. Ottawa. This 2 day education series focuses on clinical topics related to the provision of care to older adults including sessions on dementia, delirium, depression, mobility, falls, capacity and living with risk.  To learn more or to register click here.

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

  • delirium in acute care settings
  • post-operative delirium
  • prevention
  • non-pharmacological  interventions
  • delirium in palliative care
  • delirium in dementia
  • delirium and frailty

4 pages. Last reviewed November 2019.

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