Baycrest Health Sciences in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, will hold Cycle 1 of "Project ECHO Care of the Elderly" (ECHO COE) from April 11, 2018 – July 18, 2018 on Wednesdays 4-5:30 pm. The goal of this free tele-educational program is to enhance the quality of care for older adults in Ontario, by improving the knowledge and skills of primary care providers. To learn more click here.

This multicenter cross-sectional study aimed to examine the association between the subtype of dementia and the severity of cognitive impairment and falls to establish an association between falls and gait parameters during the course of dementia.

The authors of this article discuss the close associations of frailty and physical and functional impairment with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and the implications for improving diagnostic acuity of MCI and targetting interventions among cognitively frail individuals to prevent dementia and disability. 

This webinar recording shares approaches to reach and engage older adults in the prevention and early intervention for depression, and alcohol and medication misuse. Presenters discussed successful strategies to engage a variety of older adult groups.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to delirium in older adults. Topics include risk factors related to hip fracture, the HELP program, delirium at the end-of-life, delirium in dementia, non-pharmacological interventions, nutrition and frailty. 3 pages. 

March 21-25, 2018, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. This five-day introductory level course provides a unique opportunity for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists to gain insight into the basic principles of the NDT approach and how it is applied in clinical practice to promote recovery of function in individuals with neurological impairments. Participants will learn specific and practical information about managing adult neurological patients and promoting functional movement based on supporting evidence and theoretical foundations. This information will also be presented so that it can be incorporated into a variety of practice settings and will be appropriate to many rehabilitation professionals. Contact: Conference Services at 416-597-3422 Ext. 3448 or conferences@uhn.ca. Registration is required. For more ifnformation click here.

The authors examined the effect of delirium on long-term cognitive trajectories in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and found that there was greater cognitive deterioration in those who had delirium than those who had not.

This article describes a study investigating the risks for institutionalization, cognitive decline or death with hospitalization and delirium in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.

The authors argue that older adults should have a formal assessment of cognition prior to surgery for cognitive impairments to assess their risk of postoperative cognitive dysfunction and delirium.

The results of this meta-analysis provide evidence to substantiate the significance of risk factors for delirium in elderly patients hospitalized for hip fracture. 

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