Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Falls and Neurological Disorders", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyère Research Institute, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Regional Geriatrics Program, Senior Friendly Hospitals, information about Change Day Ontario, National Bereavement Day and a platform grant from the Brain Foundation Canada as well as a listing of upcoming events. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.
On Monday November 6th from 2:30-3:30pm at the main campus of McMaster University, Cosim Munteanu of the University of Toronto will discuss how technologies can be made more social and more adoptable by older adults and can be particularly userful in improving older adults interaction with assistive technologies and in reducing social isolation.
This paper analyses the views of refugees and migrants1 who participated in The Forum’s activities between September 2013 and June 2014, and finds that loneliness and isolation are the major challenges that they face in the UK. Loneliness is extremely prevalent among migrants and refugees. Feeling of loneliness is associated with increased morbidity and mortality and reduced quality of life.
Today’s technology can keep seniors engaged, connected, mentally active, and physically safe, making it increasingly important for our loved ones to keep in the high-tech loop. Read this article to find out what devices should seniors and their caregivers have their eye on.
There appears to be a lack of data and research on the role of race or visible minority status on health in Canada. Consequently, researchers and policy makers cannot easily answer questions about visible minorities and health, such as: Are visible minority Canadians healthier or less healthy than their white counterparts? Do risk factors for health conditions differ for visible minority and white Canadians? And, how do different visible minority groups compare with one another on health outcomes and measures?
Tuesday, June 14th from 12-1pm, Dr. Marjorie MacDonald presentation will provide a background on the development of implmentation science as a field and its relationship to knowledge translation. She will describe her research team's recent work to develop an implementation science framework that emphasizes community processes relevant to public health. Register here.
This 30 second video conveys the message that antibiotics don't work for many common ailments (colds, coughs, flu, or sore throats). Fluids, paracetamol (acetaminophen) and plenty of rest can help aleviate these symptoms.
This resource can be used as a quick and simple educational tool for older adults, caregivers, and the general public.
Funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, a three-year research project looked at nine different knowledge translation initiatives carried out by Ontario Communities of Practice (CoPs). Several of the initiatives studied were led by CoPs within the Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN).