Highlights of this issue include a reading list on Oral Health & Older Adults. 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.

Time to talk is a virtual hub for the serious illness and palliative care community during the COVID-19 pandemic hosted by the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA). The WHPCA is hosting a series of weekly webinars to share an opportunity to chat, ask questions, listen or share. For this and other COVID-19 resources visit their website.

Pallium, in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), is providing free access to essential education on palliative care for all health care professionals in response to this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. For the next 3 months, Pallium and CMA have made 6 Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) modules available for free to all health care professionals. In doing so, we hope to contribute much needed education resources to the dedicated health care teams across Canada and ensure patients with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, receive the care they need. These modules, currently only available in English, are self-directed and completed at the learner’s own pace.

Help spread the word that these free, online modules are available to all health care professionals across Canada. Information on the modules, and how to access them can be found here: www.pallium.ca/course/covid-19-response-free-online-modules 

As a trusted leader in the care of older adults living with frailty, the RGP of Toronto want to ensure the care providers get accurated and curated information on COVID-19 in a timely fashion, To view the most up to date resources click here.

Gerimedrisk recently shared a webpage featuring the latest resources from the CDC, NIH and the Liverpool drug interaction group with the hope of decreasing the risk of harmful drug-drug interactions or adverse drug events. To view the latest resources click here.

Wed. April 29, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Sonia Hsiung of the Alliance for Healthier Communities as she discusses how social prescribing is an intentional pathway that deepens the integration between health care and social supports, how it relates to your work, and how we can build a more connected, co-created, equitable, and resilient community together. To learn more or to register click here.

Sessions will run on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. starting April 21, 2020 and ending July 7, 2020. Baycrest and North East Specialized Geriatric Centre are excited to announce our third ECHO Care of the Elderly Long-Term Care (ECHO COE-LTC) cycle. ECHO Care of the Elderly aims to build a virtual community of practice helping primary care providers expand their skills and build their capacity in the care of frail, complex aging individuals. ECHO COE-LTC is run in collaboration with the Ontario CLRI. Learn more or register here.

GeriPal (Geriatrics and Palliative care) is a forum for discourse, recent news and research, and freethinking commentary. The objectives are: 1) to create an online community of interdisciplinary providers interested in geriatrics or palliative care; 2) to provide an open forum for the exchange of ideas and disruptive commentary that changes clinical practice and health care policy; and 3) to change the world. They welcome the perspectives of generalists, specialists, gerontologists, palliative care clinicians, and anyone else interested in care of the elderly or palliative care. Anyone who wants to comment on a post is welcome -- just click the comment tab. Please email Eric Widera or Alex Smith if you are interested in being a regular contributor. 

THE NEW DATE FOR THE CONFERENCE WILL NOW BE OCTOBER 1, 2020, THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR OLDER PERSONS. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR THE MAY DATE WILL BE FULLY REFUNDED AND REGISTRATION WILL REOPEN SOON.  NIA's first annual conference features Dr. Samir Sinha, Dr. Bonnie-Jeanne Macdonald, Keith Ambachtsheer and more at Ryerson University.. 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.

As clinicians and community-based individuals, we encounter problematic substance use as well as Substance Use Disorder among older adults in our daily work.  Canadian healthcare providers now have the tools they need to better support the prevention, assessment and treatment of older adults at risk of, or living with, substance use disorders.

The Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) officially launched 4 sets of Clinical Guidelines on Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults on January 20th, 2020.  These Clinical Guidelines on the prevention, screening, assessment and treatment of Alcohol, Cannabis, Benzodiazepine and Opioid Use Disorders among older adults are available online at www.ccsmh.ca.  In addition to these Guidelines, the CCSMH will be producing community brochures and other knowledge translation material on substance use disorder among older adults in the coming months.

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