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.

Anti-Aboriginal Racism in Canada

This link includes 3 videos of webinars featuring Dr. Charlotte Loppie that explore anti-Aboriginal racism in Canada, how to understand it in historical context, how it affects individuals and communities, and what programs, policy and strategies exist to combat it. Last reviewed November 2018.

Physical Activity is Medicine for Older Adults

This review explores the evidence which stronly supports the positive association between increased levels of physical activity, exercise participation and improved health in older adults. 7 pages. Last reviewed September 2018.

Thurs. Nov. 22, 2018 from 12-1 PM EST.  Join Dr.'s  Calder & Labreche as they discuss Falls Risk Associated with Diplopia, Vision Considerations in a Long Term Care Setting, Vision and Dementia and Impact of systemic conditions on visual function. To learn more or to register click here.

Tues. Oct. 30th from 8-9 AM EDT.  The webinar will focus on the impacts of ageism, exploring manifestations of ageism in various environments, showcasing good practice examples and engaging in a discussion of next steps. Presented by Prof. Liat Ayalon, Professor - Bar Ilan University, School of Social Work & Coordinator - Marie Curie Innovative Training Network, international Ph.D. program on Ageism and Dr Nena Georgantzi, Policy Coordinator Human Rights & Non-Discrimination, AGE Platform Europe & PhD Fellow, National University of Ireland Galway. To learn more or to register click here.

Thursday September 27, 2018 from 12-1:30pm. This free webinar will feature Stefan Gravenstein of Brown University, Melissa Andrew of Dalhousie University and Richard Baydack of Manitoba Health as they discuss key aspects related to the value and use of vaccination from a variety of perspectives, the types of vaccines and their impact on seniors, a case study on the implementation of high-dose influenza vaccines in a health system.  To learn more or to register click here.

The 20th Biennial Conference of the Canadian Gerontological Nurses Association will take place May 2-4, 2019 at the Westin Calgary, Alberta. Featured speakers include Dr. Jane Barratt, the Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing and Dr. Lise Bourque Bearskin, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Thomspon Rivers University.  For more information or to register, click here.

Advance Care Planning Guide

This guide is tool that provides a concise guide to Advance Care Planning, what it means, the legality around an advance care planning document and most importantly how to approach discussions around your end-of-life preferences for care and document them.

Clock Drawing Test > Instructions & eForm

This fillable eForm provides instructions and an explanation for the use of the Clock Drawing Test, used as a one part of a more thorough screen of a person's cognitive function.

Barthel Index - Instructions & eForm

This index measures the extent to which somebody can function independently and has mobility in their activities of daily living (ADL).The index should be used as a record of what a patient does, not as a record of what a patient could do. The main aim is to establish degree of independence from any help, physical or verbal, however minor and for whatever reason. BI has been evaluated for both self-report and use with proxy respondents in addition to direct observation.

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