On April 1st, 2019,  Dr. Chris Frank provided this in-person/webinar presentation as he discussed communication strategies for having difficult conversations such as advance care planning, goals of care and end of life.  Learning objectives included understanding the difference between Advance Care Planning (ACP), goals of care and consent; how to incorporate ACP and goals of care discussions into regular outpatient care; using the principles to make CPR discussions easier for patients and you and incorporate Harvard Serious Illness Communication guide and other resources into your discussions. Watch the recording here.  Additional resources can be accessed by clicking read more.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Having Difficult Conversations with Older Adults” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Institute for Life Course & Aging, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy and SE Research Centre.

Information about funding opportunities and calls for abstracts from the Canadian Association on Gerontology and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council are included.  A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

Friday May 31, 2019 at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre this 1 day course provides practical clinical management of geriatric pateints. This program is designed to highlight strategies that primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and primary care allied health team members can utlize to improve the quality of life of their patients. To learn more or to register click here.

May 30, 2019 at Hart House, University of Toronto. This year's program will explore the social responses to peaking populations and issues related to the various positive dim

April 25, 2019 from 8am- 4:15PM at Huguette Labelle - Tabaret Hall, 550 Cumberland St. Ottawa. This conference is designed for researchers, scholars, physicians, students and other health care professionals with an interest in mindfulness and contemplative studies. Participants will gain knowledge of the role of these philosophies and practices in understanding integrative oncology interventions, conscious aging, death and dying, and self-transcendence. The therapeutic potentials of yoga, research of contemplative practices in palliative care and concepts of self-transcendence within various spiritual traditions will be explored. To learn more and for registration details please see the pdf.

April 9th from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Carole Estabrooks, Kelli Stajduhar and Matthias Hoben as they discuss the Seniors - Adding Life to Years (SALTY) project. Learn more and register here.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to considerations for health and personal care professionals in having difficult conversations with older adults. Topics include:

  • decision making
  • diagnosis
  • end-of-life
  • sexuality

2 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This handout includes a variety of communication tools in end-of-life care including ASK-TELL-ASK, "I WISH", N.U.R.S.E., S.P.I.K.E.S., and the basic structure for discussing DNR. 1 page. Last reviewed March 2019.

This report describes the evaluation of an evidence-based communication skills training for health and social care professionals. 4 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This article focuses on culturally sensitive clinical issues related to best practices with LGBT elder patients at the end-of-life at key points in the therapeutic relationship.  25 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

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