Project ECHO Ontario Skin and Wound sessions will be starting in June 2019. This program provides continuing education / continuous professional development credits and provides participants an opportunity to learn from each other, acquire knowledge, skills, increase competency and build a strong community of practice. Participants become part of a supportive community of practice and an inter-professional team. Wound and skin care issues include diabetic foot ulcers, pressure injuries (ulcers), venous leg ulcers and common dermatological issues related to wounds e.g. hidradenitis suppurativa. To learn more or to register click here.

This Institute for Healthcare Improvement publication describes the 4Ms framework to guide all care of older adults wherever and whenever they touch your health system's care and services. 60 pages. Last reviewed June 2019.

June 25, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. This webinar is for those involved and interested in transforming the health system in Ontario. Presenters Christine Bidmead and Susan Bonomo will provide an overview of a position paper and will include opportunities for participants to provide feedback on the proposed recommendations and contribute suggestions for the greater integration of fall prevention into the spectrum of health services for older adults. To learn more or register click here.

This report from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation includes information on the latest available vacancy rates, rents and related data. 12 pages. Last reviewed May 2019.

On Monday June 3rd 2019 presenter Atul Jaiswal, PhD aimed to make professionals in the field understand the challenges faced by older adults with dual sensory loss and offer potential solutions to support them. He will highlight strategies that could help professionals in conducting clinical assessments and providing medical care to older adults with dual sensory loss. He used case scenarios from the field in combination with recent knowledge developments in the field of dual sensory loss to present challenges and potential solutions. To watch the recording of the presentation click here. To learn more check out this reading list and the attached pdfs.

On May 6th, 2019 presenter Dr. Susan Crocker, a clinical cytogeneticist and Director of the Cytogenetics Laborartory at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC)reviewed aspects of the current knowledge of neurogenesis; explores the role of cytogenomic aberrations and their presence in the neuropathology of the brain and discusses the utility of recent advances in molecular testing and their potential application to screening for neurodegenerative disease. Stay tuned for the recording of the presentation here.

On April 1st, 2019,  Dr. Chris Frank provided this in-person/webinar presentation as he discussed communication strategies for having difficult conversations such as advance care planning, goals of care and end of life.  Learning objectives included understanding the difference between Advance Care Planning (ACP), goals of care and consent; how to incorporate ACP and goals of care discussions into regular outpatient care; using the principles to make CPR discussions easier for patients and you and incorporate Harvard Serious Illness Communication guide and other resources into your discussions. Watch the recording here.  Additional resources can be accessed by clicking read more.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Dual Sensory Loss in Older Adults” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, BrainXchange, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Deafblind Ontario Services, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario.

Information about the Seniors Community Grant Program and CABHI Spark Program funding opportunities are included. Opportunities to share insights related to health care improvement and dementia are also featured. A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

On  Feb. 21st 2019, Dr. Joanne Ho provided an in-person and online presentation where she discussed the pharmacology of cannabinoids, unique considerations for older adults and cannabis drug-drug interactions to consider with cannabinoids. In follow up to requests a special edition reading list is available as a pdf featuring related resources.

Thurs. Feb. 14, 2019 internationally known researcher on aging, Dr. Paula Rochon gave an inperson / webinar presentation describing her inspirations, the path she took and why she would do it again. To view the webinar recording click here. A pdf of her presentation is also available to review.

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