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

  • safe prescribing
  • polypharmacy
  • deprescribing

2 pages. Last reviewed December 201

As clinicians and community-based individuals, we encounter problematic substance use as well as Substance Use Disorder among older adults in our daily work.  Canadian healthcare providers now have the tools they need to better support the prevention, assessment and treatment of older adults at risk of, or living with, substance use disorders.

The Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) officially launched 4 sets of Clinical Guidelines on Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults on January 20th, 2020.  These Clinical Guidelines on the prevention, screening, assessment and treatment of Alcohol, Cannabis, Benzodiazepine and Opioid Use Disorders among older adults are available online at www.ccsmh.ca.  In addition to these Guidelines, the CCSMH will be producing community brochures and other knowledge translation material on substance use disorder among older adults in the coming months.

May 13, 2020 at the Saint Elias Banquet Centre, Ottawa from 8:15am to 4pm. The Regional Geriatric Program offers Geriatric Refresher Days for all those who work with the elderly.  The program includes keynote speakers, concurrent sessions and an opportunity for networking. Limited Time Offer! Early Bird Registration $75 until Feb 29,2020. Regular Registration $100. To view the agenda or to register click here.

Tues. Jan. 14, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Dr. Ipsit Vahia for this webinar where participants will learn to recognize the common behavioural and psychotic symptoms associated with dementia; recognize how technologies can guide precision care; identify how to incorporate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches to managing behavioural symptoms. To register click here.

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.

Friday November 29, 2019 from 8:30am - 3:30pm at Dog House Studios, Napanee. This conference features presenters, Dr. Jonathan Bertram, Jennifer Stratford, Darcy King McKay, Mike Barnes, Sgt. Brad Milburn and Eman Attallah. Topics discussed include anti-psychotics versus cannabis in the elderly, sexual intimacy, safety in community and listening as a caregiver to the stories of dementia. To learn more or to register, click here.

Tues. Sept. 10, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join presenter Dr. Joanne Ho on the topic of safe prescribing in older adults.  Learning objectives of this session include: to understand some of the barriers to deprescribing, a practical approach to deprescribing, tools available to assist in deprescribing, and an opportunity to work through a deprescribing case. To register click here

Baycrest, in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, is recruiting for the Fall 2019 program of "Project ECHO Care of the Elderly Long-Term Care (ECHO COE LTC), a telehealth education program that aims to help primary care providers build capacity in the care of older adults through weekly 60-minute videoconference sessions. The sessions will run weekly from September 10 - December 3, 2019 on Tuesdays from 11am -12pm with the exception of October 1st, 2019. See the pdf flyers for more information. To apply please fill out the form at https://redcap.baycrest.org/redcap/surveys/?s=L9RNFHR3WD

Co-developed with geriatric clinical experts from Ontario, on behalf of the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario, the sfCare Learning Series comprises introductory educational modules for clinicians, along with supporting posters and patient handouts on 7 key clinical topics: delirium, mobility, polypharmacy, pain, loneliness, nutrition, and urinary incontinence.

Dr. David Conn provided useful guidance in this presentation for clinicians on preventing the development of BZRA use disorder and optimally assessing and treating older individuals who have developed such a disorder. To watch the recording click here.

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