Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Understanding Care Issues of Older Immigrants", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Baycrest, Bruyère Research Institute, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Regional Geriatrics Program, Senior Friendly Hospitals, news of a funding opportunity from the Canadian Frailty Network and a listing of upcoming events. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health is pleased to announce that the Southeastern Ontario Portal for Advance Care Planning (ACP) and Health Care Consent (HCC) website is up and ready for your feedback and recommendations.  The site has been developed to provide information that is important to Health Care Providers and people living in Ontario.

We invite you to participate in the user-testing feedback survey.

On November 23rd at the National Institute on Ageing at Ryerson University, this conference brings together experts, thought leaders, practitioners and delegates to "widen the lens" to look at the models, practices and stakeholders that will be need to support older adults to age in place. A varietyof age-friendly perspectives will be explored.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to the substance misuse and abuse in older adults. Prescription, legal and illicit substances are included. 2 pages. 

This review explored patterns of illicit substance abuse among the elderly, drugs of abuse, how to recognize and treat illicit substance abuse in the elderly.

This pdf download of a presentation given by Elizabeth Birchall includes an overview of this issue with a Canadian perspective, an explanation of how addiction is different for older adults, an introduction to best practices including harm reduction, and knowledge transfer and exchange resources. 

This issue of “prevention Tactics” provides an overview of considerations related to prescription drug usage in older adults.  The author describes how older adults are more vulnerable to drug misuse, substances that can compound the effects of misuse/abuse, commonly prescribed medications, prevalence of use, contributing factors to misuse/abuse as well as strategies for communities to address these problems.

On Wed. Oct. 25th at 12 noon EST Heather Keller of the University of Waterloo will be talking about this program focused on implementing a best practice algorithnm in five hospitals in four provinces to understand the process of implementation, resource requirements and patient reported outcomes. Register here.

On Tues. Sept. 12th from 12-1pm, Deepha Romuwalt will be reviewing the critical elements of balance involving central and peripheral mechanisms and their interplay.  Register here.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to the care of older immigrants with specific attention to end-of-life care. 2 pages. 

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