Monday June 3rd from 12-1PM EST join presenter Atul Jaiswal, PhD as he aims to make professionals in the field understand the challenges faced by older adults with dual sensory loss and offer potential solutions to support them. He will highlight strategies that could help professionals in conducting clinical assessments and providing medical care to older adults with dual sensory loss. He will use case scenarios from the field in combination with recent knowledge developments in the field of dual sensory loss to present challenges and potential solutions. To learn more or to register click here.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Health Literacy and Older Adults” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Institute for Life Course & Aging, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and SE Research Centre.

Information about funding opportunities from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council are included. A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

On April 1st, 2019,  Dr. Chris Frank provided this in-person/webinar presentation as he discussed communication strategies for having difficult conversations such as advance care planning, goals of care and end of life.  Learning objectives included understanding the difference between Advance Care Planning (ACP), goals of care and consent; how to incorporate ACP and goals of care discussions into regular outpatient care; using the principles to make CPR discussions easier for patients and you and incorporate Harvard Serious Illness Communication guide and other resources into your discussions. Watch the recording here.  Additional resources can be accessed by clicking read more.

FASTlinks is a series of web-based maps that display links for elder care services in South East Ontario organized into 10 common elder care domains. The 10 domains are organized by function, rather than disease diagnosis. FASTlinks was developed by the CSAH in collaboration with the Aging with Co-morbidities Network.

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.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources related to dual sensory impairment and loss in older adults. Themes include:

  • screening
  • rehabilitation
  • assistive technology
  • mental health
  • quality of life
  • dementia 

4 pages. Last reviewed May 2019.

This publication discusses a case-crossover study aimed at estimating the association between non-benzodiazepine hypnotic drugs and risk of hip fracture among a nationwide sample of long-stay nursing home residents. 15 pages. Last reviewed May 2019.

The investigators sought to assess the effects of moderate exercise training on sleep quality and on the metabolic profile of elderly people with a sedentary lifestyle. 6 pages. Last reviewed May 2019.

This one page handout is intended for health care providers to help explain the importance of treatment decisions and the continuum of advance care planning, goals of care, health care consent and treatment planning. Last reviewed May 2019.

This document focuses  on adults with a progressive, life-limiting illness, who would benefit from palliative care along with the supports required for their families and caregivers. This document emphasizes the important role of education in building capacity for palliative care, as well as the need for providers to have the necessary competetncies. 181 pages. Last reviewed May 2019.

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