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

Information about a call for abstracts, as well as funding opportunities are included.  A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

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.

Thursday, December 13th from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT) located at the Baycrest Centre in Toronto, Ontario. This workshop led by Dr. Brian Levine will provide the latest clinical-scientific information concerning the assessment of executive functions and evidence-based rehabilitation with Goal Management Training® (GMT). To register, click here.

April 2, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EDT. Join Dr. Jerilynn Prior for this Beyond the Break webinar presentation that is available to Francophone Ontarians to improve knowledge or emerging best practices, screening, diagnosis, treatment and management of osteoporosis. To register click here.

November 30, 2018 from 12-1PM EDT. Join presenter Dr. Cathy Craven for this Beyond the Break webinar presentation.  For more details or the OTN link to join click here.

Thurs. Oct 18, 2018 from 11:30am - 1:15pm EDT join Dr. Marie-Claude Audet for this inter-professional and continuing education series to health professionals across Ontario.  This webianr is in french and is designed to improve knowledge on emerging best practices, screening, diagnosis, treatment and management of osteoporosis.  To register click here.

Thursday November 1, 2018 from 1-4pm EST this FREE virtual event will overview Assess & Restore interventions from across the continuum of care including successes and opportunities, strategies and key learnings from:

  • VON SMART Enhanced In-Home Program - Mississauga Halton LHIN
  • The Home Independence Program (HIP) - Central West LHIN
  • Virtual Ward and Community Enhanced Recovery Program - Central East LHIN
  • Enhanced Service Delivery: Geriatric Care Coordinator/Lead for Senior’s Clinical Pathway Development - North West LHIN
  • Enhancing Assess & Restore Capacity  - Central LHIN

Please join us for this free knowledge exchange event! 

Register online at: https://2018novrcaforumreg.eventbrite.ca

Wed. Oct. 31, 2018 from 1-2:30pm EDT. Dr. Hawley, who is currently working on a study protocol for medical cannabis for cancer-related symptoms will discuss the history of cannabis and cannabinoids as therapeutic agents. She will critique current evidence and guidance for therapeutic use in palliative care and describe the current access regulations in Canada.  This webinar costs $20.  For more information or to register, click here.

Wed. Jan 9, 2019 from 12-1pm EDT. Join Lianne Singer, University Health Network as she discusses the recnt trend of transplant programs accepting older donors and recipients with more chronic health problems.  She investigates the possibility that some of these patients are frail which results in poor outcomes after transplantation. She discusses a study to develop and test the usefulness of a new tool to measure frailty in donors and candidates for heart, lung, kidney or liver transplantation. To learn or to register click here.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 12-1pm EDT. Join John Hirdes and George Heckman, University of Waterloo as they discuss an initiative where they trained members of the public who volunteer at community organizations to support group advance care planning activity sessions. The sessions aimed to inform, promote conversation and break down barriers and stigmas around these conversations. The volunteers experiences were investigated along with how to best encourage older adults to come to the session.  Lastly they looked at whether these activities helped older adults to be more involved in ACP activities and conversations.  To learn more or to register click here.

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