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.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Aging, Resilience & Disease Management", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Program, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and Senior Friendly Care.

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

The Caregiver Support Framework is a resource for healthcare providers to use in leading collaborative improvement plans with clients and caregivers. The Logic Model’s Vision, Objectives, and the Five Main Elements can be used to guide, plan and measure the impact of specific caregiver support activities such as, peer education, caregiver training, and respite programs. 11 pages. Last reviewed July 2018.

This US Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) Clinical Practice Guideline reviews the detection of substance abuse and withdrawal, management of inmates with complicating medical and psychiatric conditions, placement of inmates for detoxification, different forms of withdrawal, and an overview of detoxification consideration involving elderly inmates.

The aim of this study was to compare clinical and psychosocial characteristics of older adults aged 70 and over who had attempted suicide. 10 pages. Last reviewed July 2018.

This study aimed to identify and review research studies of suicide in older people published between 2005 and 2014. Content analysis investigated the relationship between biological, psychological and social factors in the context of the suicidal process. 11 pages. Last reviewed July 2018. 

This article describes an online survey undertaken to understand the extent of suicidal ideation and/or suicidal behaviour exists among individuals diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia who were participating in clinical trials. 9 pages. Last reviewed July 2018.

The investigators conducted a narrative review to identify links between suicidal behaviour, dementia and brain amyloid load while considering the role of depression in these relationships. 8 pages. Last reviewed July 2018.