ECHO - Care of the Elderly helps primary care providers build capacity in the care of older adults through weekly videoconference sessions. The program is fully funded by the Ministry of Helath and Long Term Care and offers free CPD/CME credits. Topics covered include dementia, responsive behaviours, frailty, pain, polypharmacy, medical cannabis and more. The next cohort runs from January 8 to April 29, 2020. Learn more here or apply click here.
Co-developed with geriatric clinical experts from Ontario, on behalf of the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario, the sfCare Learning Series comprises introductory educational modules for clinicians, along with supporting posters and patient handouts on 7 key clinical topics: delirium, mobility, polypharmacy, pain, loneliness, nutrition, and urinary incontinence.
The SF7 Toolkit supports clinical best practices for healthcare providers across the sectors of care and includes self-management tools for older adults and their caregivers. The toolkit provides a common practice framework that complements the unique skills and practices of the various care providers helping older adults. SF7 focuses on seven clinical areas that support resilience, independence, and quality of life: cognition (particularly delirium), mobility, social engagement, continence, pain, nutrition, and polypharmacy. The SF7 toolkit is available by individual topic, or bundled together. 89 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.
This report presents key findings on physical, mental, and social aspects of aging using data collected from 50,000 Canadians aged 45-85. It highlights insights related to: physical and psychological health, loneliness and social isolation, caregiving and care receiving, transportation and mobility, work and retirement, physical function, disability and falls, lesbian, gay and bisexual aging, and lifestyle and behaviour, among others. 210 pages. Last reviewed May 2018.
Incontinence is the involuntary loss of stool (bowel) or urine (bladder) (1). Incontinence can negatively affect many parts of a person’s life such as their social interactions, sex life, work and travel (2). Incontinence is often not reported as some people are embarrassed about the topic, or incorrectly believe it is a normal part of the aging process (2). Incontinence is more common in older adults; however, it is not a normal part of aging and is often a sign of other health problems (1). For this reason, incontinence should always be assessed and diagnosed by a healthcare professional (1).
With the right treatment plan, incontinence can often be cured, improved or comfortably managed (1). There are many treatment and management options – if the person you are caring for is affected by incontinence, you can discuss a care plan with the family physician.
These clinical practice guidelines and initial management flowchart reflects an interprofessional evidence based approach to management of incontinence in men, women, and the frail elderly. Emphasis is placed on assessment of consumers’ goals, consideration of quality-of-life issues, and use of appropriate outcome measures, such as voiding diaries A continence history, focused physical examination, and consideration of non-urologic contributing factors, lifestyle strategies particularly in elderly people, can establish type of incontinence and guide interventions. 1 Page.
A handbook with a focus on incontinence in men. Tips for women are also included. Topics include definitions, types, risk factors (with check lists and "what to do" options), tips for personal care, exercises, recipes, self efficacy questionnaires and resources. 72 Pages.