Highlights of this issue include a reading list on Sexuality & Sexual Health in Later Life. A listing of upcoming events, opportunities and updates related to aging, health and caring for older adults are included. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

This checklist identifies environmental adaptations for seniors that could help prevent accidents and enhance independent living at home. Guidelines on how to hire a reputable contractor are included.

The research article provides an update on changes to the Canadian Preventive Care Checklist (PCC) Form© including updates on vitamin D and calcium supplementation, depression screening and lifestyle modifications in obese patients, blood pressure targets in hypertension, dyslipidemia screening, and new vaccination recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). 5 Pages.

June 11-13, 2020, at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel. The CHPCA’s Learning Institute brings together health care professionals from across the country for an intense learning weekend. The program is directed towards intermediate and advance learning levels and is facilitated by the best faculty in Canada along with recognized international leaders to make up a most sophisticated caliber of educators and mentors. The weekend will include intensive workshops that will be attended by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, researchers, spiritual care advisers and social workers. Register here.

April 22-24, 2020 in Toronto this annual general meeting and convention is Ontario's largest gathering of senior staff from not-for-profit long-term care homes, seniors' housing and community service organizations.  To learn more or to register click here.

April 9, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Alexie Touchette and Dr. Kathryn Sibey discuss the major findings from a national self-report survey study which explored current practice in fall prevention community exercise programs targeted for older adults across Canada. To learn more or to register click here.

May 28, 2020 at Ryerson University. NIA's first annual conference features Dr. Samir Sinha, Dr. Bonnie-Jeanne Macdonald, Keith Ambachtsheer and more. The aim of the event is to bring together the health sector, finanical industry, government officials, and the Ryerson community for a full day focused on personal financial security, healthy aging, and discussion on public system sustainability. To learn more click here.

Feb. 19, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Dr. Alexandra Mayhew as she explores how differences in the operationalization of sarcopenia impact the prevalence of sarcopenia, the agreement between definitions, and the magnitude of the association of sarcopenia with falls using data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). The implication of these findings on future sarcopenia research and clinical practice will be discussed. To learn more or to register click here.

Friday May 29, 2020 at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, is a 1-day course on the practical clinical management of geriatric patients. This program is designed to highlight strategies that primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and primary care allied health team members can utilize to improve the quality of life of their patients. To learn more or to register click here.

Feb. 28, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters George Heckman and Sophie Hogeveen as they describe patterns, outcomes, and determinants of geriatric medicine services use by older home care clients in Ontario and propose a decision support tool for referral to specialized geriatric services. To learn more or to register click here.

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