On Wed. Oct. 25th at 6pm join Dr. Marla Shapiro & Dr. John Puxty for this group learning program held at Aqua Terra, Kingston.  Dr. Puxty will be focusing on the issue of cognitive impairment as a confounding factor in managing chronic disease and its impact on outcomes. He will explain the link in association with falls and cognitive impairment. To register for this event please contact Jody Campbelton at 613-449-4679 or jody.campbelton@amgen.com.

The WHO Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) propose evidence-based recommendations for health care professionals to prevent, slow or reverse declines in the physical and mental capacities of older people. These recommendations require countries to place the needs and preferences of older adults at the centre and to coordinate care. The ICOPE Guidelines will allow countries to improve the health and well-being of their older populations, and to move closer to the achievement of universal health coverage for all at all ages. 60 pages. Last reviewed Oct. 2017.

This is Long Term Care seeks to profile new and emerging research, innovation and quality initiatives in a unique forum designed for learning, networking and information sharing. It provides an unparalleled opportunity for Association members, stakeholders and long-term care sector representatives to hear about existing best practice programs, tools, resources, policies and procedures which can be implemented across the sector to address quality of care. The audience includes approximately 400 long-term care frontline staff, owners and operators, family caregivers, policymakers, researchers, students, and aging care leaders. The conference is being held at the Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto. For more information, please visit the conference website.

The goal of this 3.5 hr training session facilitated by York Region Public Health, Public Health Nurses is to increase knowledge, skills and awareness about the causes of falling and to recommend fall prevention strategies for the older adults whom health care providers and caregivers work with.  Topics covered include: aging, ageism, learned helplessness, risk factors for falls and changing behavior through supportive coaching. The program is evidence based and utilizes current research, adult learning principles and best practices in fall prevention.

"This nursing best practice guideline (BPG)* is a comprehensive document that provides resources for evidencebased nursing practice. It is not intended to be a manual or “how to” guide, but rather a tool to guide best practices and enhance decision-making for nurses and other health-care providers working with adults (18 years and older) who are at risk for falls and fall injuries. The Guideline should be reviewed and applied in accordance with both the needs of individual organizations or practice settings, and the needs and preferences of persons and their families accessing the health system for care and services. In addition, the Guideline offers an overview of appropriate tructures and supports for providing the best possible evidence-based care." 129 Pages. Last reviewed October, 2017.

Aging.com is a resource to help seniors and their families learn more about the specifics of planning for their later years.  They've provided facts(American based), on how to continue enjoying a long, healthy life as well as ways to reduce the risks of falling.

On Wed. Oct. 11th from 12-1pm EDT, presenters Susan Bonomo and Jennifer Wright as they discuss their fall prevention strategy.  For more information or to register click here.

On Wednesday January 10th at McMasters main campus, Sally Chivers of Trent University will be discussing the question of how he tools of disability studies and the disability movement could improve considerations of and actions for older adults drawing attention to how pervasively ageism relies on ableism.

On Tues. Sept. 12th from 12-1pm, Deepha Romuwalt will be reviewing the critical elements of balance involving central and peripheral mechanisms and their interplay.  Register here.

This one day course on fall prevention is sponsored by Simcoe Muskoka Integrated Fall Strategy. Topics being discussed include sarcopenia & osteporosis, updates in footwear safety, intra LHIN collaboration and a new approach to fall prevention in older adults. 

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