This report is authored by Dr. Samir Sinha, Allan McKee, Ivy Wong, Julie Dunning, Michael Nicin, and Dr. John Muscedere. It shows that frailty is a common condition more prevalent in older populations, which increases an individual’s risk of falls, emergency department visits, hospitalization, institutionalization, and death. The problem, the authors argue, is that frailty is not being measured consistently in Canada, which makes it difficult for health providers and governments to address.
 
The report urges the research and health care communities to come to consensus on a common definition of frailty, and argues that clinicians need to consider social factors, such as poverty, housing and loneliness, which can contribute to how well individuals cope with frailty. 56 pages. Last reviewed September, 2018.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The 2018 Food as Medicine Updateis a full day symposium for healthcare professionals designed to address the emerging interest in the gut microbiome in health and chronic disease. This series aims to address the knowledge-gap in continuing medical education related to the role of nutrition in patient care.Webcast registration is available by clicking here.

This global report from the World Federation of the Deafblind seeks to start a dialogue between international disability rights and development stakeholders and is on based on research combining the largest population-based analysis of persons with deafblindness. 66 pages. Last reviewed September 2018. 

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to osteoporosis. Topics include:

  • the relationship between Alzheimer's Disease and osteoporosis
  • diabetes and lower bone mineral density
  • falls and fractures
  • exercise interventions
  • frailty and osteoporosis
  • osteoporosis in men
  • osteoporosis in women
  • glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis
  • nutrition

5 pages. Last reviewed September 2018.

Wed. Oct. 3rd, 2018 from 2-3pm EDT. Join presenters Barb Vermeulen & Johnathan Werynski as they discuss the basics of medical cannabis as well as an in depth look at available products, usage, administration methods and access to safe medication with an emphasis to the management of MS symptoms. To learn more or register, click here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 5:30pm at Bagnani Hall, Trent University.  The 2018 Stephen Katz Lecture in Interdisciplinary Aging Studies.  Dr. Amanda Grenier will be discussing the results of her four year ethnographic study on homelessness in Montreal, Quebec.  Key findings highlight a shift in the age profile of homelessness in Canada, the lack of recognition of older people in strategies on homelessness, length of stay of older men compared to younger men, and insights from stakeholders and older people. This is a free accessible event, open to everyone.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to aging@trentu.ca or 705-748-1011 ext. 6440.

Thursday, December 13th from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT) located at the Baycrest Centre in Toronto, Ontario. This workshop led by Dr. Brian Levine will provide the latest clinical-scientific information concerning the assessment of executive functions and evidence-based rehabilitation with Goal Management Training® (GMT). To register, click here.

November 22, 2018 at the Chestnut Conference Centre in Toronto, Ontario. This conference is intended to serve as a forum for practitioners, researchers and students to come together to learn about and critically reflect on the ways that important social issues are forcing the field of health promotion to break new ground. To learn more or to register, click here.

Wed. Oct. 31, 2018 from 1-2:30pm EDT. Dr. Hawley, who is currently working on a study protocol for medical cannabis for cancer-related symptoms will discuss the history of cannabis and cannabinoids as therapeutic agents. She will critique current evidence and guidance for therapeutic use in palliative care and describe the current access regulations in Canada.  This webinar costs $20.  For more information or to register, click here.

Wed. Jan 9, 2019 from 12-1pm EDT. Join Lianne Singer, University Health Network as she discusses the recnt trend of transplant programs accepting older donors and recipients with more chronic health problems.  She investigates the possibility that some of these patients are frail which results in poor outcomes after transplantation. She discusses a study to develop and test the usefulness of a new tool to measure frailty in donors and candidates for heart, lung, kidney or liver transplantation. To learn or to register click here.

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