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.

A Discussion of the Northern Cultural Assessment of Memory (N-CAM): A Protocol Designed to Detect Cognitive Change in Indigenous Peoples

This recording of a presentation given by Dr. Margaret Crossley and Dr. Debra Morgan provides an overview of the Northern Cultural Assessment of Memory (N-CAM) which is intended as a dementia screening protocol for Indigenous seniors. 1hr and 5min. Last reviewed November 2018.

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.

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.

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.

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias in Indigenous Populations in Canada: Prevalence and Risk Factors

This publication provides an overview of Alzheimer's Disease and related Dementia's (ADRDs) among Indigenous peoples of Canada. It discusses the challenges associated with diagnosing dementias in this population, and the first factors contributing to ADRDs. 30 pages. Last reviewed November 2018.

Thursday December 6, 2018 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Dr. Sharon Cohen as she discusses the biomarkers that are shaping thinking on how Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed and how professionals should be approaching treatment opportunities through clinical trials.

Optimizing Medications in Older Adults With Cognitive Impairment

This publication aims to assist primary care physicians  understand important considerations when prescribing for older adults with cognitive impairment.  7 pages. Last reviewed September 2018.

Optimizing Medication Appropriateness in Older Adults: A Randomized Clinical Intervention Trial to Decrease Anticholinergic Burden

This article describes a randomized trial investigating the effectiveness of targeted patient-centred pharmacist-physician team medication therapy management (MTM) on clinical dementia rating (CDR). The findings show promise to optimizing outcomes for medication use in older adults.  10 pages. Last reviewed September, 2018. 

Fall Prevention and Cognitive Impairment: Inventory of Resources and Learning Opportunities

This inventory of fall prevention resources and learning opportunities is designed to support those who are caring for a loved one living with dementia or cognitive impairment to understand the risks of falls and create plans to reduce the risks. It is a ‘living’ document that should continue to grow as additional resources and learning opportunities are located. The resources that are noted below have been organized by a topic framework and prefaced by description of what the evidence indicates in the references. 38 pages. Last reviewed October 2018.

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