Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Falls and Neurological Disorders", updates from Age-Friendly Communities Ontario Outreach Initiative, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyère Research Institute, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Regional Geriatrics Program, Senior Friendly Hospitals, information about Change Day Ontario, National Bereavement Day and a platform grant from the Brain Foundation Canada as well as a listing of upcoming events. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together)
FREE exercise classes for seniors who wish to improve strength, balance and flexibility regardless of their current ability level.  The program can help increase fitness levels, reduce social isolation and keep older adults on their feet.  No registration required. Call 613-634-0130 or 1-800-301-0076 for more information. Programs for Stroke Recovery, Parkinson's / Multiple Sclerosis and Arthritis are also offered in Kingston.

Free Fall Prevention Programs for People 65+
These 12 week programs include information on how to lower risk of falls and include an exercise component focused on balance and strength, Upcoming program locations and dates are listed below. Registration is required at the first session.
Call 613-634-0130 ext. 3414. or 1-800-301-0076 for more information

Odd or frustrating behaviors around clean clothes, bathing, oral care, hairstyling, and shaving seldom come "out of nowhere." Usually there's a trigger, and ways to work around it. Topics include wearing dirty clothes, forgetting to bath, and trouble grooming. 

As a person’s dementia develops, it is likely to have an impact on their ability to carry out certain activities. This factsheet looks at why it is important to remain active, including maintaining everyday skills. It gives tips to carers on how the person with dementia can continue to take part in everyday tasks, and suggests pastimes that might be suitable at different stages of dementia.

Bone Fit™ is an evidence-informed exercise training workshop, designed for healthcare professionals and exercise practitioners to provide training on the most appropriate, safe and effective methods to prescribe and progress exercise for people with osteoporosis. The course is presented in two parts: 3 online self-learning modules and an interactive workshop. These modules MUST be completed prior to the workshop, to ensure that everyone attending has common baseline knowledge to build from. The workshop is led by our Lead Trainer, Judi Laprade, B.A., B.Sc.P.T., M.Sc., Ph.D, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. Upcoming workshops scheduled in various locations across Ontario staring November 2017 until Mary 2018. Please see the pdf flyer for details.

On Tues. Dec. 5th from 12-1pm EST, join this webinar where Caitlin McArthur will talk about recent research surrounding physical rehabilitation in long-term care. Register here.

Baycrest Health Sciences, in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, is launching Project ECHO Care of the Elderly (ECHO COE), a telehealth program that aims to help primary care providers build capacity in the care of older adults through biweekly 90 minute videoconference sessions on Mondays from 3-4:30pm. For more information or to register visit baycrest.org/echo.

This presentation by Dr. John Puxty provides a summary of age-related changes in memory, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), dementia, delirium and depression in older adults. Last reviewed November 2017. 66 slides.

March 21-24th 2017 in Sudbury, Rainbow Health Ontario is bringing together health and social service providers, community members, researchers and policy makers to advance LGBTQ25 heatlh outcomes in Ontario. This conference will focus on building partnerships in health and social services to promote the health of Ontario’s diverse LGBTQ2S populations, including those in northern and rural areas. In our programming, we have emphasized an intersectional approach to health and well-being, streamed according to 7 themes: clinical practice; public policy, activism and human rights; community support and development; professional education and training; research; organization and systems change; and ethics and law. Register here.

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