The National Institute on Ageing (NIA) is launching consultations on a National Seniors Strategy. They want to hear directly from you. The ideas, feedback and comments from the general public and stakeholders on this consultation document will inform an updated version of their National Seniors Strategy which will be presented to the elected government. Consultations close November 1st, 2019. Participate in the consultation here.

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.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Active Aging”, the latest sagelink blog, a listing of upcoming events, as well as opportunities and updates from AGE-WELL, Behavioural Supports Ontario, BrainXchange, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, CIHR, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Institute for Life Course & Aging, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Public Health Agency of Canada, Queen’s University Continuing Professional Development, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, Seniors Health Knowledge Network and Weston Brain Institute.

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This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of resources related to falls and older adults. Topics include considerations regarding balance training, cognition, dementia, diabetes, fear of falling, mental health, multiple sclerosis, nutrition, obesity, orthostatic hypotension, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and traumatic brain injury. 4 pages. Last reviewed October 2019.

October 29th, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join Drew Mitchell, the Director of Physical Literacy for the Sport for Life Society as he discusses opportunities to develop physical literacy in an older adult population. To learn more and register click here.

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join Dr. Peter Butt as he discusses recommended low-risk drinking guidelines for older adults, as well as prevention, screening and treatment recommendations from the upcoming guidelines. To learn more or to register, click here.

November 28, 2019 from 10am - 3pm at 200 Doug Duncan Dr., Newmarket. This workshop is for organizations, support staff, and family members looking to expand their communication toolbox to enhance support for individuals with a sensory loss and/or communication need. This interactive workshop will introduce experience tools, deepen participant understanding of how these tools relate to anticipation, reliving, retelling, and conceptual development and provide a hands on opportunity to develop an experience tool. To learn more or to register click here.

November 14, 2019 from 10am - 3pm at the Newmarket Community Centre. This interactive workshop will address sensory loss - characteristics and implications, total communication approach, communication systems, introduction ot sign language - signed exact English, simulations - interactive sensory loss simulations.  To learn more or to register click here.

April 6 - May 3, 2020 this 4 week online workshop aims to help participants develop competence in providing LGBTQ affirming care to older adult clients. Through engagement with case studies, popular media, short readings, and Q&A sessions, you will be prompted to reflect upon your existing practice and experience, gain familiarity with the LGBTQ communities you serve, and develop a knowledge base and tools that will enable participants to better provide affirming care across practice settings. To learn more click here.

November 8, 2019 from 12:30-3:30 PM at the Hellenic Centre, Ottawa. The theme for this years showcase is "Preventing Trips, Tumbles and Trauna - keeping older person on their feet and out of the hospital" and features a poster session, awards and a keynote presentation by Lora Giangregorio, PhD. To register click here.

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