FASTlinks is a series of web-based maps that display links for elder care services in South East Ontario organized into 10 common elder care domains. The 10 domains are organized by function, rather than disease diagnosis. FASTlinks was developed by the CSAH in collaboration with the Aging with Co-morbidities Network.

Alzheimer Society

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 6 to 9 PM EST - Join the Alzheimer Society for a free viewing of The Care Givers Club at The Waterford Retirement Residence Theatre. The film follows three families on a devastating but ultimately inspiring journey that thousands of families will be forced to take as Canada ages. Their stories go far beyond the practical problems of navigating the healthcare system, and into the psychological challenges of coping with the deterioration of their loved ones. Seats are limited, so register early for a free spot by calling 613-544-3078 or emailing reception@alzking.com.

This information guide is intended for patients, families and caregivers. It helps explain how Parkinson's disease can affect nutrition, how to test for swallowing problems, what can be done to help and information on tube feeding. 8 pages. Last reviewed December 2018.

Tues. Feb. 26, 2019 from 2-4pm at Trent University. Dr, Outi Hakola will discuss how narrative, thematic and aesthetic choices in film construct, normalize, and challenge culture understandings of "good death."  She raises such questions as who is allowed or expected to have a "good death," how is the relationship with fragile and aging are bodies handled, and what are the demands and limits of indivdualized end-of-life experiences in neoliberal Western societies.  See the poster for more details. RSVP at aging@trentu.ca

brainXchange

This is an arts-based presentation by brainXchange, Alzheimer Society of Canada and the CCNA to disseminated research findings through paintings and artistic works that healthcare professionals created when they were asked “What it is like to care for persons living with dementia who are receiving end-of-life care?". This research is intended to provoke and contribute to local and national end-of-life conversations with the intention of enhancing end-of-life care for persons and families living with dementia.  Watch the webinar recording here.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 8:45 AM - 3 PM EST - The Waterloo - Wellington Annual Knowledge Exchange in Geriatrics will host "Living Beyond the Diagnosis", a day-long event covering how to incorporate a palliative approach to care. Dr. Daphna Grossman, MD CCFP (em) FCFP, will deliver a keynote on the intesection between geriatric care and a palliative approach to care. The cost of the event is $75 and the deadline to register is February 1, 2019. To register click here.

BrainXchange

On January 14, 2019, Dr. Henry Brodaty summarized the evidence and provide examples of success as well as discuss therapies aimed at the person with dementia, the effects of dementia on and interventions for family carers as well as interventions for behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia. Overall this webinar aimed to demonstrate that psychosocial research in dementia has increased in breadth, innovation, quantity, quality and rigour. Watch the webinar recording here.

The pdf newsletter for December 2018 includes information regarding programs and services available to help seniors live at home in the Prince Edward County area.

June 26 & 27, 2019 This 2 day conference at Niagra College includes 14 dynamic presenters covering a wide range of topics from "Neuroplasticity - The Woman Who Changed Her Brain" to "Laugh Yourself Silly" with lunches by Niagara College Canadian Food & Wine Institute.  Networking events, art displays and musical entertainment make this forum a must-attend if you plan on ageing anytime soon. (Space is limited.  Only 300 tickets will be sold each day). View the agenda here. Tickets are available at https://ageworks-artofageing.eventbrite.ca

November 29, 2018 from 11am - 2:30pm at Providence Care Hospital, Kingston. Caregivers ae invited to share their stories and experiences.  Caregivers of frail seniors (65+) who require assistance with walking, managing medications, managing pain, getting to and from the bathroom; socialization; managing nutrition; and/or help with remembering, are asked to participate to help create educational materials to support caregivers across Ontario.  A free lunch will be provided. Parking passes will be available for people parking at PCH. Transportation and respite support is available by contacting Sarah Gibbens at 905-376-8206 or emailing sgibbens@rgpo.ca. To register click here.

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