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.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12 PM - 1 PM EST - The Brain Health and Wellness Project: Bringing Fountain of Health Tools into Frontline Care is a webinar hosted by brainXchange, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, and CCNA. Participants will learn about The Brain Health and Wellness Project, an innovative national project at the frontlines of care to promote brain health and reduce dementia risk. The health behavior change tools used in the project were developed by Fountain of Health Initiation, a national non-profit to promote health and wellness. Following a review of project evidence and rationale, participants will also receive some “how to” training in a 3 step process to activate health behaviours in frontline care. To register, click here. 

This article examines nutritional screening and assessment tools designated for older adults. 9 pages. Last reviewed December 2018.

This article describes a study investigating the change in eating habits among community-swelling and institutionalized older adults with senile anorexia. 8 pages. Last reviewed December 2018.

The authors discuss potential pathways to muscle impairment in obese individuals and the consequences of  obesity and muscle impairment have on heath and disability. 14 pages. Last reviewed December 2018.

This article discusses the implications of and trends in how obesity is viewed in the elderly by health care professionals. 5 pages. Last reviewed December 2018.

This article presents the different recommendations for protein intake based on health status and conditions of older adults. 18 pages. Last reviewed December 2018.

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.

The authors aimed to assess whether the SImplified Nutritional Appetite Questionnaire (SNAQ) is related to the Mini-Nutritional Assessment (MNA) and worthwhile for screening older people at risk of malnutrition or malnourishment. 4 pages. Last reviewed December, 2018.

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