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.

November 29, 2018 from 11am - 2:30pm at Providence Care Hospital, Kingston. Caregivers ae invited to share their stories and experiences.  Caregivers of frail seniors (65+) who require assistance with walking, managing medications, managing pain, getting to and from the bathroom; socialization; managing nutrition; and/or help with remembering, are asked to participate to help create educational materials to support caregivers across Ontario.  A free lunch will be provided. Parking passes will be available for people parking at PCH. Transportation and respite support is available by contacting Sarah Gibbens at 905-376-8206 or emailing sgibbens@rgpo.ca. To register click 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.

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.

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.

Completing the Circle: Elders Speak About End-of-Life Care With Aboriginal Families in Canada

This articles includes the words spoken by Aboriginal elders from Saskatchewan, Canada in response to the question, "What would you like non-Aboriginal health care providers to know when providing end-of-life care for Aboriginal families?" 9 pages. Last reviewed November, 2018. 

Anti-Aboriginal Racism in Canada

This link includes 3 videos of webinars featuring Dr. Charlotte Loppie that explore anti-Aboriginal racism in Canada, how to understand it in historical context, how it affects individuals and communities, and what programs, policy and strategies exist to combat it. Last reviewed November 2018.

Residential Schools and the Effects on Indigenous Health and Well-Being in Canada - A Scoping Review

The authors conducted a scoping review of empirical peer-reviewed literature investigating the extent and range of research on residential school attendance on specific health outcomes and the populations affected. 23 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.

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