December 11, 2018 from 1-2pm EST. The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health is pleased to feature PhD Candidate Atul Jaiswal for this free Research & Innovation in Aging Forum webinar introducing the condition of dual sensory loss or deafblindness. The characteristics, epidemioogy and impact of dual sensory loss on life will be explored. The unique participation experiences of three categories of individuals in this population will be discussed. Register here.

We Can't Address What We Don't Measure Consistently. Building Consensus on Frailty in Canada

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.

Continuing Care in Indigenous Communities: Guidebook

This guide was created to support the development of continuing care services that support First Nations and Métis unique needs by Alberta Health Services, in partnership and consultation with First Nations and Métis representatives and the Government of Alberta. 33 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.

Developing Culturally Grounded Dementia Educational Materials for Indigenous Community-Based Care

This video features Drs' Jacklin and Blind's presentation outlining the development of six culturally relevant fact sheets on dementia and dementia care to be used by Indigenous family caregivers, health care providers and others to promote dementia awareness and care in Indigenous communities. 1hour 02min. Last reviewed November 2018.

Aging and Frailty in First Nations Communities

The primary objective of the study described in this article was to apply a frailty index that was validated in the general Canadian older population to describe aging experiences in First Nations populations living on-reserve and in northern communities. The results shared are a key step in documenting the experience of older First Nations people at a national level from a First Nations perspective. 12 pages. Last reviewed November, 2018.

Cultural Safety: Ethical and Equitable Health Care for Indigenous Patients, Families, and Communities

This video recording of a presentation given by Meaghan Fullerton introduces viewers to the concept of cultural safety in Indigenous health care. 1hr 01min. Last reviewed November, 2018.

The Burden of Cancer Risk in Canada's Indigenous Population: A Comparative Study of Known Risks in a Canadian Region

This article describes the findings of risk behaviours among Indigenous Peoples in Canada which suggest that the incidence of cancer will increase as the population ages. 11 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.

Aboriginal Elder Abuse in Canada

This paper discusses a study examining the issue of elder abuse in the Aboriginal population in Canada. 19 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.

Aboriginal Peoples and Historical Trauma: The Process of Intergenerational Transmission

This paper begins by providing an overview of the existing knowledge of trauma, how it is defined, and how it must be conceptualized within the context of Aboriginal people in Canada and the impacts of trauma  for generations.  32 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.

An Introduction to the Health of Two-Spirit People: Historical, Contemporary and Emergent Issues

This publication provides a comprehensive overview of historical, contemporary and emergent issues related to Two-Spirit health. 32 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.

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