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 "Health & Indigenous Elders,” updates from AGEWELL, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere Research Institute, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, 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, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and SE Research Centre.

Information about funding opportunities and calls for abstracts from AGE-WELL, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care, Canadian Insitutes of Health Research, Canadian Frailty Network, Government of Canada, Ontairo SPOR SUPPORT Unit, Parkinson Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council are included.  A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 12 PM - 1 PM EST - Human Rights of Older Persons and Agenda 2030 is the first webinar by the International Federation on Ageing is a new series. The webinar will address key areas for implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that ensure it fulfils its mandate for older persons. Presenters include Ken Bluestone, Head of Policy and Influencing, Age International, Erica Dhar, Director of Global Alliances, AARP, Cynthia Stuen, IFA Representative at the United Nations in New York, and Frances Zainoeddin, IFA Representative at the United Nations in New York. To register click here.

Frontenac-Kingston Council on Aging

Friday, February 22, 2019, 10 AM - 3 PM - The Frontenac-Kingston Council on Aging presents Education Day on the Substitute Decision Act and the Health Care and Consent Act. Find out the difference between these acts and learn your legal rights and responsibilities as a health care professional and/or institution. Guest speakers Mark Handelman (B.A., LL.B., MHSc (bioethics) and David Campbell (PhD and ethicist with Kingston Health Sciences Centre) will provide their insight. The event takes place in at the Renaissance Event Venue, 285 Queen Street, Kingston and costs $55 with lunch included. Register by emailing a filled out registration PDF form to infocouncilonaging@gmail.com

brainXchange

Thursday, January 31, 2018 12 PM - 1 PM (EST)Seeing Through the Veil: Experiences of Caring for Persons Living with Dementia at the End of Their Lives is an arts-based presentation by brainXchange, Alzheimer Society of Canada and the CCNA to present research findings through paintings and artistic works that healthcare professionals created when they were asked “What it is like to care for persons living with dementia who are receiving end-of-life care?". This research is intended to provoke and contribute to local and national end-of-life conversations with the intention of enhancing end-of-life care for persons and families living with dementia. Register at this link.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 8:45 AM - 3 PM EST - The Waterloo - Wellington Annual Knowledge Exchange in Geriatrics will host "Living Beyond the Diagnosis", a day-long event covering how to incorporate a palliative approach to care. Dr. Daphna Grossman, MD CCFP (em) FCFP, will deliver a keynote on the intesection between geriatric care and a palliative approach to care. The cost of the event is $75 and the deadline to register is February 1, 2019. To register click here.

BrainXchange

On January 14, 2019, Dr. Henry Brodaty summarized the evidence and provide examples of success as well as discuss therapies aimed at the person with dementia, the effects of dementia on and interventions for family carers as well as interventions for behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia. Overall this webinar aimed to demonstrate that psychosocial research in dementia has increased in breadth, innovation, quantity, quality and rigour. Watch the webinar recording here.

Senior Friendly Care

Friday, January 25, 2019, 12 PM EST - In this presentation, Dr. Martha Spencer (Providence Health Care Associate Program Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine, UBC and Department of Medicine Clinical Instructor, UBC) will discuss the approach to the diagnosis, investigation and management of urinary incontinence in older adults. The focus will be on medical causes of incontinence and medical approaches (lifestyle, behavioural and pharmacological) to treatment. To register click here.

Canadian Frailty Network

Thu, Feb 28, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST John Hirdes & George Heckman of the University of Waterloo will present a webinar where they will discuss the project where they trained volunteers to support group Advance Care Planning (ACP) activity sessions. The sessions aimed to inform, promote conversation and break down barriers around ACP stigma. For more information and registration details, click here.

Lifetime Risk of Diabetes Among First Nations and non-First Nations People, 6 pages, Last reviewed December, 2018

This article describes a population-based cohort study investigating the lifetime risk of diabetes in a cohort of 70,631 First Nations persons and 7,732,214 non-First Nations peoples aged 18 years and older in Alberta, Canada. Differences were observed between genders and between geographies. The authors conclude that the observed probabilities suggest that over a quarter of all First Nations men and women will develop diabetes in their lifetime.   

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