While strategies are in place to support aging offenders within Correctional Service Canada (CSC) institutions, relatively little attention has been directed towards understanding their community reintegration. Due to a combination of unique and complex health needs, as well as the stigma of incarceration, aging offenders face a plethora of barriers and challenges when transitioning from a correctional institution to community (Williams & Abraldes, 2007; Higgins & Severson, 2009; Maschi, Morrissey & Leigey, 2013). In order to help overcome the challenges, solutions are being implemented at various scales to ease the reintegration process; however, there is a need for additional support from both government and community stakeholders alike.
As clinicians and community-based individuals, we encounter problematic substance use as well as Substance Use Disorder among older adults in our daily work. Canadian healthcare providers now have the tools they need to better support the prevention, assessment and treatment of older adults at risk of, or living with, substance use disorders.
The Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) officially launched 4 sets of Clinical Guidelines on Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults on January 20th, 2020. These Clinical Guidelines on the prevention, screening, assessment and treatment of Alcohol, Cannabis, Benzodiazepine and Opioid Use Disorders among older adults are available online at www.ccsmh.ca. In addition to these Guidelines, the CCSMH will be producing community brochures and other knowledge translation material on substance use disorder among older adults in the coming months.
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.
The Institute for Life Course and Aging offers a variety of online workshops for healthcare and other professionals who work with older adults. A variety of topics are covered of the 2019-2020 period. For a full listing please click here.
November 4th to December 1, 2019. This online workshop for healthcare and other professionals aims to help participants understand the importance and implications of neuroscience as professionals working with older adults, including i) better understanding ourselves, ii) understanding why we are so wired to connect socially with others, iii) exploring what deep safety is to the brain and how we use it to promote well-being and that of those under our care, and iv) implementing an organizational model of dementia care based on neuroscience and mindfulness. To learn more or to register click here.
Tues. Sept. 24th, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join keynote Prof. Cristine Rego for this free wecast presentation. The learning objectives for participants are to understand what Transgenerational (TGT) and Intergenerational trauma (IGT) is and how it impats on the older adults with substance use disorder (SUD); to know the complexities of TGT and IGT in older adults where this is a SUD; discuss culturally appropriate treatment options for older adults and to raise awareness of the impact of residential schools through initiaitves like Orange Shirt Day. No registration is required. Login live via http://webcast.otn.ca/mywebcast/?id=138049554.
September 19, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join presenter Sarah Gibbens and Susan Bacque as they discuss a co-design project aimed at developing educational resources for family/friend caregivers of older adults living with frailty. To learn more or to register click here.
This literature review from the International Federation on Ageing is intended to assist society, organizations, patient advocates, academics and governments to gain a deeper understanding of the primary and secondary benefits offered by immunization. 34 pages. Last reviewed July 2019.
Dr. David Conn provided useful guidance in this presentation for clinicians on preventing the development of BZRA use disorder and optimally assessing and treating older individuals who have developed such a disorder. To watch the recording click here.