Highlights of this issue include a reading list on Oral Health & Older Adults. A listing of upcoming events, opportunities and updates related to aging, health and caring for older adults are included. 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.

Time to talk is a virtual hub for the serious illness and palliative care community during the COVID-19 pandemic hosted by the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA). The WHPCA is hosting a series of weekly webinars to share an opportunity to chat, ask questions, listen or share. For this and other COVID-19 resources visit their website.

Pallium, in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), is providing free access to essential education on palliative care for all health care professionals in response to this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. For the next 3 months, Pallium and CMA have made 6 Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) modules available for free to all health care professionals. In doing so, we hope to contribute much needed education resources to the dedicated health care teams across Canada and ensure patients with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, receive the care they need. These modules, currently only available in English, are self-directed and completed at the learner’s own pace.

Help spread the word that these free, online modules are available to all health care professionals across Canada. Information on the modules, and how to access them can be found here: www.pallium.ca/course/covid-19-response-free-online-modules 

Wed. April 29, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Sonia Hsiung of the Alliance for Healthier Communities as she discusses how social prescribing is an intentional pathway that deepens the integration between health care and social supports, how it relates to your work, and how we can build a more connected, co-created, equitable, and resilient community together. To learn more or to register click here.

June 17, 202 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Lynn Martin, Lakehead University & Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz, Queen’s University as they discuss their research on frailty in older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the community. To learn more or to register click here.

November 1-3 November, 2020 in Niagra Falls, Ontario. This 3 day conference covers four themes with three keynote speakers, three presidential symposiums and two exhibition spaces. To learn more or to register click here

Tues. March 31. 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Sylvia Davidson, as guides participants to explore our own values and beliefs about intimacy and aging and the relationship between these sensitive topics when we are supporting persons with dementia.  To learn more and to register click here.

June 16-17, 2020 at the Chestnut Conferene Centre, Toronto. Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have a right to healthcare that meets their specific health and developmental needs. As members of the health sector, we are actively exploring the nature and extent of the inequalities often faced by this marginalized group. To bolster these efforts, the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) Special Interest Research Group and Surrey Place are hosting 20/20 & Beyond, a two-day conference that will raise awareness, increase knowledge and connect policy and practice to improve the health of individuals with IDD.

This annual conference comes back to Canada after 11 years. It welcomes participation from a range of interested groups including researchers, public health professionals, policy-makers, disability service providers, health care professionals and advocates. To learn more or to register click here.

GeriPal (Geriatrics and Palliative care) is a forum for discourse, recent news and research, and freethinking commentary. The objectives are: 1) to create an online community of interdisciplinary providers interested in geriatrics or palliative care; 2) to provide an open forum for the exchange of ideas and disruptive commentary that changes clinical practice and health care policy; and 3) to change the world. They welcome the perspectives of generalists, specialists, gerontologists, palliative care clinicians, and anyone else interested in care of the elderly or palliative care. Anyone who wants to comment on a post is welcome -- just click the comment tab. Please email Eric Widera or Alex Smith if you are interested in being a regular contributor. 

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