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. 

Wed. Dec. 6th at 12 noon EST, Nick Bansback and Logan Trenaman of the University of British Columbia will be talking about a new effort being made in Canada to involve patients in their own healthcare, and to help improve their experiences with care. Part of this effort means asking patients about their experiences in the hospital. Some important types of questions involve asking the patients what was most important to them in the hospital and some good or bad experiences they had there. To ask these types of questions, researchers are using a questionnaire called the Canadian Patient Experience Survey. The survey covers 48 different aspects about hospital care. Researchers think some aspects will matter a lot to some patients, while others will be less important to other patients. This study focused on elderly Canadians, and helped healthcare administrators understand which parts of hospital care experiences are most and least important to patients. Register here.

Wed. Nov. 22nd 12 noon EST, Rick Sawatzky and Marian Krawczyk of Trinity Western University will discuss a project that involved working with clinicians, patients and family caregivers and will address issues related to integrating and evaluating a quality of life assessment and practice support system in palliative homecare nursing. Register here.

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 Wed. Oct. 11th at 12 noon EST Cheryl Forchuk of the Lawson Health Research Institute will be talking about a project testing TELEPROM-G on tablets which allowed participants to self-assess at home and communicate with their health care workers in "real-time" by video. Register here.

On Wed. Sept. 27th at 12 noon EST, Sharon Kaasalainen & Pamela Durepos of McMaster University and Tamara Sussman of McGill University will be talking about implementation processes, clinical and administrative tools, and educational materials that will inform how qualified health professionals and decision-makers can improve the delivery of palliative care in long-term care. 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 presentation aims to identify salient perspectives of culture and the importance in relation to end-of-life decision making and care; how to construct a plan for end-of-life care that identifies and accommodates culture as well as identifying ones own cultural perspectives in end-of-life care.

This presentation aims to raise awareness of and enhance the care for people at end of life including how to understand how cultural factors influence end of life decision making.  

This pdf presentation and audio recording of a webinar hosted by the Canadian Gerontological Association, Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Health Human Resource Network reviews demographic and health, psychological and community level approaches to addressing social isolation in older adults.

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