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.

Friday November 1, 2019 from 8am - 4pm. This conference features presentations focused on issues facing older adults. Topics include social isolation, loneliness, poverty, issues faced by LGBT2SQ older adults, housing and new technologies to assist individuals to age at home safely. A full program will be posted here soon. Register here.

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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Wed. Nov. 6, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join Dr. Krista L. Lanctôt as she discusses the use of cannabinoids as a therapeutic intervention in dementia, particularly for agitation. Register here.

Nov. 20th from 2-4pm EST at the Good Companions Seniors' Centre, Ottawa. Join Dr. Neil Thomas of the Bruyère Memory Program as he presents his research about data, technology and how sensors can help support people with dementia. For more information or to register click here.

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.

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.

October 3rd from 12-1PM at the L.R. Wilson Hall, Room 1003, McMaster, Hamilton. Join presenters Nicole K. Dalmer, Postdoctoral Fellow at Trent University and Lucia Cedeira Serantes, Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario as they discss how characters "do" older age as narrated and visualized thorughout the included comics and how characters learn to age against different societal expectations. They examine how these comics both resist stereotypical assumptions and ageist narratives while simultaneously yielding to the seduction of successful aging. 

This series creates the opportunity for the exchange of ideas and stimulates discussion amongst associate researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students, community members and older people. This year's theme is "Aging: Representation and Disparity". To see the full list of seminars from October to March, click here.

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