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.

FASTlinks is a series of web-based maps that display links for elder care services in South East Ontario organized into 10 common elder care domains. The 10 domains are organized by function, rather than disease diagnosis. FASTlinks was developed by the CSAH in collaboration with the Aging with Co-morbidities Network.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Osteoporosis & the Older Adult,” updates from the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere Research Institute, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Institute for Life Course & Aging, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program,Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy and Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

Information about funding opportunities from AGE-WELL, Alzheimer’s Drug Discover Foundation, Ontario Brain Institute and Weston Brain Institute are included.  A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

Implications of Risk Factors for Alzheimer's Disease Canada's Indigenous Population

The objective of this study was to examine and compare the population attributable risk for Alzheimer's disease associated with six modifiable risk factors among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and among on- and off-reserve Indigenous peoples in Canada.7 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.

Two-Spirit and LGBTQ Indigenous Health

This handout overviews the unique health needs of sexual and gender minority individuals who identify as Indigenous. 9 pages. Last reviewed November, 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.

Residential Schools and the Effects on Indigenous Health and Well-Being in Canada - A Scoping Review

The authors conducted a scoping review of empirical peer-reviewed literature investigating the extent and range of research on residential school attendance on specific health outcomes and the populations affected. 23 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.

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