On  Feb. 21st 2019, Dr. Joanne Ho provided this in-person and online presentation where she discussed the pharmacology of cannabinoids, unique considerations for older adults and cannabis drug-drug interactions to consider with cannabinoids.  Please note that the content included was based on the best evidence available at the time. The recording of the presentation is available for viewing here.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Nutrition & Eating Disorders in Later Life” updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Behavioural Supports Ontario, Brainxchange, Bruyere, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Institute for Life Course & Aging, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy and Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, SE Research Centre and Trent Centre for Aging & Society.

Information about funding opportunities and calls for abstracts from AGE-WELL, Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, Canadian Association on Gerontology and Canadian Frailty Network are included.  A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

March 29, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join speakers Ronaye Gilsenan, Rhonda Schwartz and Iris Gutmanis, as they discuss the process utilized to develop the survey and identify specific steps for site implementation. Register here.

This article describes a study aimed at developing a better understanding of the current operations of two family health teams in Ontario. The findings provide a helpful basis for implementing interventions in primary care. 10 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

This review provides a provide overview of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and aphasia research.  The authors suggest filling the gaps in understanding of the physiological changes induced by tCDS on language networks. 7 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

This review examined the state of knowledge of post-stroke language recovery including the contributions from the dominant and non-dominant hemispheres. The authors discuss  and review the use of inhibitory and excitatory repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in patients who experience post-stroke aphasia as rehabilitative tools. 17 pages. Last reviewed February 2019.

This review surveyed differences in the mechanisms of language representation between the two etiologies of aphasia and evaluated properties that may define and limit the success of different neuromodulation approaches for primary progressive aphasia and post-stroke aphasia. 16 pages. Last reviewed February 2019.

This paper analyzed the results of non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) trials and highlighted different aspects related to the repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation frequency, transcranial direct current stimulation polarity, the period of stimulation places in acute and subacute ischemic strokes. 5 pages. Last reviewed February 2019.

This article describes the findings of a cross-sectional study investigating whether speech and voice features are related to Parkinson's Disease (PD) or a normal part of the aging process and any differences in the impact of dysarthria on quality of life between the PD group and the control group. 7 pages. Last reviewed February 2019.

The authors attempted to determine if the positive impacts of music experience in young adults also occurred in an older cohort and potentially offset the age-related decline in speech in noise perceptual abilities and associated cognitive function. 8 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

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