Highlights of this issue include a reading list on Mental Health Considerations for Older Adults. This month’s blog is by Gail Hawley Knowles, R.N., BA, MHs on Anxiety in Older Adults.  A listing of upcoming events, opportunities and updates related to aging, health and caring for older adults are included. 

On Friday November 1, 2019 the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care hosted this conference featuring presentations focused on issues facing older adults. Topics included social isolation, loneliness, poverty, sensory loss, issues faced by LGBT2SQ older adults, housing and new technologies to assist individuals to age at home safely. Pdf copies of the presenters slides are available for viewing.

Oct. 13-16, 2020 Palais des Congrès, Montréal. This event offers a unique opportunity to meet, share experiences and exchange ideas with colleagues from 60 countries, representing all disciplines. In-depth workshops and seminars covering all aspects of end-of-life care, from the most current scientific developments in pain and symptom control to the large existential questions, to hands-on experimental sessions addressing practical issues faced every day. To learn more or register click here.

Feb. 19th from 10:30-11:30 AM EST.  Join presenters Kimberly Lopez and Ashley Flanagan for this free webinar where they will share strategies to acknowledge and support diverse identities and needs of individuals who live and work in long-term care (LTC) homes. Attendees will receive self-reflection tools to think critically in order to support individuals with diverse social identities, with implications for how we provide care and services in LTC. To learn more or to register click here

Jan. 15, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join Dr. Ana Juricic  for this webinar presentation as she discusses how vision can affect one's risk for falls. A general overview of age-related vision changes and how they relate to increased risk of falls will be provided. Various tips for preventing falls and vision aids for addressing glare, lighting, decreased vision and contrast will be included. To register click here.

This new Framework includes an updated plan for implementation of ACP in Canada. The 2019 Pan-Canadian Framework builds on the legacy of the 2012 National Framework and its influence on new developments and accomplishments. It is restructured to focus more on broadening partnerships, and promoting further collaboration among different jurisdictions (local, provincial/territorial, national) and systems (health, law, social services, life planning). Its development was funded by Health Canada as part of a $1.9 million project over three years to help people living in Canada prepare for their future health care needs.

On Dec. 2, 2019, Dr. John Puxty provided this webinar presentation where he discussed the relevance of osteoporosis, falls and fractures in seniors; assessing individual risk of osteoporotic fracture; the consequences of osteoporotic fractures; and effective treatment and management plans to reduce risk of future fractures. A pdf of the slides presented is available for review. Click here to view the presentation recording.

Jan 24th, 2020 from 12-1pm EST. Join presenters Kellen Baldock and Jonathan Lo for this webinar where they discuss the successes and lessons learned from the In Chairs 4 Meals pilot at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. For more information or to register click here.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources including considerations regarding:

  • delirium in acute care settings
  • post-operative delirium
  • prevention
  • non-pharmacological  interventions
  • delirium in palliative care
  • delirium in dementia
  • delirium and frailty

4 pages. Last reviewed November 2019.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources including considerations regarding:

  • different types of dementia
  • pharmacological management
  • non-pharmacological interventions
  • mild cognitive impairment
  • hoarding behaviour in Alzheimer's disease
  • traumatic brain injury
  • agitation
  • suicide
  • sleep disturbance

4 pages. Last reviewed November 2019.

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