Save the Date! May 25, 2018 from 8:30am-4:30pm. The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care Hospital, Kingston invites you to our 2018 conference which will focus on the topics of social isolation, poverty and age-friendly communities.  Keynote speaker, Dr. Parminder Raina will speak to these themes as he shares his findings from the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging.  See the event flyer for more details. A program will be available soon. Early bird registration is available until March 29th.  Register here.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Sexuality and Sexual Health of Older Adults", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative, Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and Senior Friendly Care. Information about CIHR Institute of Aging funding application, Weston Brain Institutes' letter of intent deadline, Age-Wells's Accelerator and Ontario Trillium Foundations' funding funding opportunities are included. A number of upcoming events are also included. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

Baycrest Health Sciences in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, will hold Cycle 1 of "Project ECHO Care of the Elderly" (ECHO COE) from April 11, 2018 – July 18, 2018 on Wednesdays 4-5:30 pm. The goal of this free tele-educational program is to enhance the quality of care for older adults in Ontario, by improving the knowledge and skills of primary care providers. To learn more click here.

The authors of this article discuss the close associations of frailty and physical and functional impairment with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and the implications for improving diagnostic acuity of MCI and targetting interventions among cognitively frail individuals to prevent dementia and disability. 

Please see the February newsletter for upcoming seniors events and programs available in the Prince Edward County area.

Thursday, March 29th from 10-11:30 AM ET join presenters Paul Young and Janet Dawson as they discuss collaboration between Public Health and Policy Planning to address isues such as health inequities and supporting healthy communities. To learn more or register click here.

Thursday, March 8th from 12-1pm ET join Dr. Frank L. Silver for this presentation. He will be reviewing the diagnosis of stroke and the importance of making an etiological diagnosis; reviewing the evidence on secondary stroke prevention in the elderly and provide an update on the management of patients with acute ischemic stroke; specifically which patients are candidates  for IV tPA and Endovascular Therapy (EVT). This presenation is available via webcast at http://webcast.otn.ca

This GeMH 2 part learning activity is a free unique activity that pairs an online, self-directed learning module with a follow-up live webinar, where experts answer your questions. The online learning module will be available for completion starting mid-February.  On Feb. 28th, there will be two live webinars available to choose from: 10-11 ET and 11:30-12:30 ET. For more information please see the attached flyer or to register click here.

The SAMI tool aims to assist in identifying older adults who are currently experiencing problem drinking or who are at-risk for developing drinking problems. It is a 5-item questionnaire which was found to be superior to the CAGE and SMAST-G in terms of sensitivity. To review the introductory webinar on this tool click here.

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