Canada's first national dementia strategy sets out a vision for the future and identifies common principles and national objectives to help guide actions by all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, communities, families and individuals. The actions undertaken to achieve the strategy's national objectives may evolve over time, but every action will bring Canada closer to the vision of a Canada in which all people living with dementia and caregivers are valued and supported, quality of life is optimized, and dementia is prevented, well understood, and effectively treated.

The Government of Ontario is seeking ideas and feedback from seniors and their families, people who care for seniors, organizations that support seniors, advocacy groups and others to inform the development of a provincial seniors' strategy.  Deadline to participate is July 19, 2019. To learn more or take the survey please click here.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Dual Sensory Loss in Older Adults” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, BrainXchange, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Deafblind Ontario Services, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario.

Information about the Seniors Community Grant Program and CABHI Spark Program funding opportunities are included. Opportunities to share insights related to health care improvement and dementia are also featured. A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

Tuesday July 9th from 12-1PM EST join Amber Schiec and Marguerite Thomas as they discuss designing your own multi-faceted campaign to deliver the message to clients to walk more and to walk safely. To learn more or register click here.

Monday June 24th from 12-1PM EST join Mariel Ang and Daphne Kemp as they provide you with the information you need to create and set up your own Mock Potential Environmental Hazards Room regardless of your setting. They will provide the logistics in set up, promotion and how to engage staff, clients, families and/or public on environmental hazards and how they can react with more biological risk factors. To learn more or to register click here.

This Institute for Healthcare Improvement publication describes the 4Ms framework to guide all care of older adults wherever and whenever they touch your health system's care and services. 60 pages. Last reviewed June 2019.

June 25, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. This webinar is for those involved and interested in transforming the health system in Ontario. Presenters Christine Bidmead and Susan Bonomo will provide an overview of a position paper and will include opportunities for participants to provide feedback on the proposed recommendations and contribute suggestions for the greater integration of fall prevention into the spectrum of health services for older adults. To learn more or register click here.

June 12, 2019 from 9-10AM EST.  Join presenter Dr. Yaakov Stern for this webinar which aims to broaded your understanding of the cognitive reserve hypothesis and highlight recent evidence that supports the idea that specific genetic and lifestyle factors may help preserve a healthy brain or enhance brain reserve. To register click here.

Tues. June 11, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join this webinar presentation which will highlight which specialties are most likely to provide care to patients aged 65 and over; how intensively do physicians focus their practices on care for seniors and what types of medical care they provide. Register here.

June 11, 2019 from 12-1pm EST. Join presenter Dr. Julie E. Moore as she discusses how you can transform your work from awareness raising to motivating action, resulting in the outcomes you want to achieve. Register here.

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