On March 4th, 2019 Dr. John Puxty provided this in-person/webinar presentation targeted towards the practicing clinician with a focus on assisting them in appreciating the importance of recognizing frailty in older adults, identifying practical methods for flagging and assessing frailty and its commonly associated contributing factors and improving awareness about evidence-based strategies to reduce and manage frailty. Watch the video recording here.

This checklist identifies environmental adaptations for seniors that could help prevent accidents and enhance independent living at home. Guidelines on how to hire a reputable contractor are included.

The research article provides an update on changes to the Canadian Preventive Care Checklist (PCC) Form© including updates on vitamin D and calcium supplementation, depression screening and lifestyle modifications in obese patients, blood pressure targets in hypertension, dyslipidemia screening, and new vaccination recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). 5 Pages.

SAVE THE DATE! Sept. 26-27 2019 at the Delta Marriott Toronto Airport. Check frailtyconference.ca for programme, speaker and registration details.

Wed. June 5th from 8:45AM to 4:00PM at the Best Western Inn on the Bay, join the Grey Bruce Geriatric Education Cooperative for this interactive learning experience to learn more about osteoporosis and frailty, fracture prevention for long-term care residents, exercise for bone health, falls & fracture prevention, medications in osteoporosis treatment, diet for optimal bone health, fracture risk scale and fracture screening and prevention program. To learn more or to register see the pdf.

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.

Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

Tuesday, February 19, 12 - 1 PM EST - Join presenter Debra Sheets (Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria) for Characteristics of Caregivers and Care receivers in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). Caregiving has become a common role for Canadian families as the numbers of older adults with comorbidity, disability and frailty who need help with daily activities (e.g. meal preparation, transportation) continues to grow. The CLSA is the first longitudinal study to collect data on Canadian caregivers and care receivers. It offers a unique opportunity to examine patterns of caregiving and care receiving (e.g., who provides care, what types of care, and more). This presentation examines patterns of caregiving and care receiving by sociodemographic characteristics, self-reported health, and type of care given/received (e.g. IADL/ADL, chronic conditions). To register, click here.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Nutrition & Eating Disorders in Later Life” updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Behavioural Supports Ontario, Brainxchange, Bruyere, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Institute for Life Course & Aging, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy and Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, SE Research Centre and Trent Centre for Aging & Society.

Information about funding opportunities and calls for abstracts from AGE-WELL, Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, Canadian Association on Gerontology and Canadian Frailty Network are included.  A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to a variety of eating disorders and nutritional considerations. Topics include:
  • anorexia of aging
  • anorexia nervosa and frailty
  • reduced appetite in older age
  • recommendations for optimal nutrition
  • malnutrition
  • dysphagia
  • special considerations for those with brain injury and degenerative diseases
  • obesity
  • diabetes

6 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

This article describes a systematic review that critically examined the available scientific literature on risk factors for malnutrition in the older population 65 years and older. 16 pages. Last reviewed December 2018.

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