This article provides a narrative review of current understanding of the definitions and distinguishing characteristics of each of these conditions, including their clinical relevance and distinct prevention and therapeutic issues, and how they are related. The authors goal was to provide a basis for distinguishing between these three important clinical conditions in older adults and showing how use of separate, distinct definitions of each can improve our understanding of the problems affecting older patients and lead to development of improved strategies for diagnosis, care, research, and medical education in this area. 9 pages. Last reviewed April 2017.

The purpose of this systematic review of randomized, controlled trials was to examine the exercise interventions to manage frailty in older people. 16 pages. Last reviewed April 2017.

This webinar focused on how malnutrition and frailty are associated and impact function and the risk for falls.  Nutrition risk screening was discussed as a way forward for the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition and falls.

To maximize safety for seniors at home, we must ensure a long list of conditions are met in each room: you need to optimize lighting, minimize clutter, use safe furniture, ensure you have a reliable monitoring and alert system in place, and make it easy for them to get help fast, if needed.

12-1pm on Wednesday, April 5th. Dr. Neil Patrick will be prsesnting at this free webinar about how Doctors of Chiropractic are ideally suited to address fall risk through public education, risk assessment and prevention among patients.  Register here.

Older adults and seniors are especially vulnerable to the summer’s heat and humidity due to physical changes that come with aging, such as the body’s inability to regulate temperature efficiently and a reduced sensitivity to heat and thirst.

Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary, a place where you always feel comfortable and safe. As seniors get older though, that sanctuary can turn dangerous. Everyday items around your house and run-of-the mill tasks you do regularly at home start to come with a risk of falls. And a fall in your senior years can be serious.

On March 15th 2017, Emily King presented an introduction to the principles of safe body mechanics and examination of how these can apply to common care scenarios.  Examples and recommendations were drawn from recent research on caregiver safety and ways to promote independent mobility.  

March 6-8, 2017 the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario is offering this clinical education opportunity at the Ottawa Hospital.  Click here for the pdf registration form.

On Wed. March 22nd  from 12:30 to 4pm at the Halton Region Auditorium the Mississauga Halton LHIN Exercise and Fall Prevention Strategy invites those working in healthcare, community support services or an interest in fall prevention for this free event to launch their strategy, to hear from a panel of experts about buidling a culture of fall prevention, to network and visit display booths as well as learn about the importance of exercise, foot care, vision care, medication and continence.  Register here.

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