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December 11, 2018 from 1-2pm EST. The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health is pleased to feature PhD Candidate Atul Jaiswal for this free Research & Innovation in Aging Forum webinar introducing the condition of dual sensory loss or deafblindness. The characteristics, epidemioogy and impact of dual sensory loss on life will be explored. The unique participation experiences of three categories of individuals in this population will be discussed. Register here.

We Can't Address What We Don't Measure Consistently. Building Consensus on Frailty in Canada

This report is authored by Dr. Samir Sinha, Allan McKee, Ivy Wong, Julie Dunning, Michael Nicin, and Dr. John Muscedere. It shows that frailty is a common condition more prevalent in older populations, which increases an individual’s risk of falls, emergency department visits, hospitalization, institutionalization, and death. The problem, the authors argue, is that frailty is not being measured consistently in Canada, which makes it difficult for health providers and governments to address.
 
The report urges the research and health care communities to come to consensus on a common definition of frailty, and argues that clinicians need to consider social factors, such as poverty, housing and loneliness, which can contribute to how well individuals cope with frailty. 56 pages. Last reviewed September, 2018.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Osteoporosis & the Older Adult,” updates from the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere Research Institute, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Institute for Life Course & Aging, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program,Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy and Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

Information about funding opportunities from AGE-WELL, Alzheimer’s Drug Discover Foundation, Ontario Brain Institute and Weston Brain Institute are included.  A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

Home Adaptation Checklist

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.

Annual Adult Health Checkup - Update on the Preventive Care Checklist form

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.

Foodborne and Waterborne Illness Among Canadian Indigenous Populations: A Scoping Review

This scoping review investigated the link between food saftey and the occurrence of foodborne and waterborne illness in Canadian Indigenous populaitons. 7 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.

An Examination of Residential Schools and Elder Health

This report investigates the health of First Nations and Labrador Inuit elders living in their home communities and the impact that residential schools have had on their social determinants of health. 28 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.

A Discussion of the Northern Cultural Assessment of Memory (N-CAM): A Protocol Designed to Detect Cognitive Change in Indigenous Peoples

This recording of a presentation given by Dr. Margaret Crossley and Dr. Debra Morgan provides an overview of the Northern Cultural Assessment of Memory (N-CAM) which is intended as a dementia screening protocol for Indigenous seniors. 1hr and 5min. Last reviewed November 2018.

Implications of Risk Factors for Alzheimer's Disease Canada's Indigenous Population

The objective of this study was to examine and compare the population attributable risk for Alzheimer's disease associated with six modifiable risk factors among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and among on- and off-reserve Indigenous peoples in Canada.7 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.

Two-Spirit and LGBTQ Indigenous Health

This handout overviews the unique health needs of sexual and gender minority individuals who identify as Indigenous. 9 pages. Last reviewed November, 2018.

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