This 5 week online course is presented by Bobbi Symes and the University of Victoria and is intended to support those working with older adults in long-term, acute and home care. Registrants will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to apply an evidence-based approach to the prevention of falls and fall-related injuries. Learn how to design, implement and evaluate a fall prevention program, cost is $225 and requires a textbook. To register please click here.

The authors aim was to identify if specific programs or strategies are useful to prevent or reduce abuse in older people (60 years and over). They looked to include studies that described the effect of these programs or strategies whether aimed at the elderly themselves or people (such as caregivers or nursing home staff) with whom they interact.

Financial abuse is the most common form of elder abuse in Canada. Financial abuse can happen at any time, but it will often start after a health crisis or after the death of a spouse, partner or close friend. People who are alone, lonely or in poor health are more vulnerable.

Tools included in the list are used in practice and have undergone some form of psychometric testing, with published results. 

This clinical review of existing screening tools for elder abuse was based on a search of international databases.

The United Nations: Human Rights, 1991.The General Assembly adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons.The document outlined specific older person’s Rights regarding: independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and dignity.

Paige Moorhouse, Tara Sampalli and Ashley Harnish presented this webinar about their community-based study where they assessed the implementation feasibility and impact of the "Frailty Portal" in the identification, raising awareness of, care planning and delivery of appropriate care for the frail population in community primary care practice.  Watch the recording of the webinar here.

Pre-frailty and frailty is an example of an elder care issue that, when identified and treated, may negatively impact quality metrics for the simple reasons that older adults don’t respond as well to treatment as younger cohorts.

The normal aging process is characterized by a progression of physiologic events that occur throughout the life cycle. Changes associated with aging occur throughout the body and are most prominent in the later years. Changes in the musculoskeletal system begin to occur after the third decade and continue into the eighth and ninth decades. The frailty syndrome can be described as a culmination of the effects of these changes on the human body.

It is important to establish whether frailty among older individuals is reversible with nutritional, physical, or cognitive interventions, singly or in combination. We compared the effects of 6-month-duration interventions with nutritional supplementation, physical training, cognitive training, and combination treatment vs control in reducing frailty among community-dwelling prefrail and frail older persons.

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