Co-developed with geriatric clinical experts from Ontario, on behalf of the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario, the sfCare Learning Series comprises introductory educational modules for clinicians, along with supporting posters and patient handouts on 7 key clinical topics: delirium, mobility, polypharmacy, pain, loneliness, nutrition, and urinary incontinence.

How can these modules and tools benefit clinicians, geriatric specialists, and healthcare organizations?

  • Clinicians and geriatric specialists can use the posters and patient handouts as tools to support patient and caregiver engagement and patient self-management.
  • Organizations can use the education modules to implement a new clinical training program or replace or refresh their current clinical training program.
  • Clinicians in any sector who would like to learn more about providing excellent care for frail older adults can use the education modules for self-study. 

A learning series is currently under development for caregivers as well as personal support workers. We will also be creating more advanced modules for clinicians.

Click here to access the sfCare Learning Series.

Do you have questions about how to use these new tools?

Click here to join our next webinar which will answer frequently asked questions about the sfCare Learning Series and feature organizations who are implementing this standardized training.

Dr. David Conn provided useful guidance in this presentation for clinicians on preventing the development of BZRA use disorder and optimally assessing and treating older individuals who have developed such a disorder. To watch the recording click here.

June 4, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join Meaghan Kemp for this Gerimedrisk presentation. Objectives include to understand trazodone's unique pharmacokinetic profile; to recognize the advantages and disadvantages of trazodone use in various clinical settings; to review considerations for use of trazodone in older adults. Register here.

This Cochrane review sought to assess the effects and common adverse effects of any drug treatment versus placebo for sleep disorders in people with dementia through analyzing relevant randomized controlled trials. 67 pages. Last reviewed May 2019.

This publication discusses a case-crossover study aimed at estimating the association between non-benzodiazepine hypnotic drugs and risk of hip fracture among a nationwide sample of long-stay nursing home residents. 15 pages. Last reviewed May 2019.

Tuesday May 7th, 12-1PM EST join presenter Dr. Peter Cordell for this free webinar presentation. Learning objectives include:

  • Understand lithium pharmacology and pertinent considerations in older adults
  • Appreciate the evidence base of lithium use in older adults with a bipolar disorder
  • Given this understanding and appreciation, should you offer lithium to older adults with bipolar disorder

To register click here.

Friday May 24th from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Patrick Jung as he reviews the most current guidelines on hypertension management from Hypertension Canada. An update on more recent evidence on the relationship between hypertension management and cognitive impairment risk found in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) will be shared. Cases will be discussed to emphasize unique considerations in the management of blood pressure in older adults. Register here.

May 6, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Krista L. Lanctot, PhD as she outlines the rational for use of cannabinoids, reviews previous literature assessing the efficacy of THC and related compounds for agitation, and presents results of the most recent trial of a cannabinoid for agitation.  Register here.

Wed. June 5th from 8:45AM to 4:00PM at the Best Western Inn on the Bay, join the Grey Bruce Geriatric Education Cooperative for this interactive learning experience to learn more about osteoporosis and frailty, fracture prevention for long-term care residents, exercise for bone health, falls & fracture prevention, medications in osteoporosis treatment, diet for optimal bone health, fracture risk scale and fracture screening and prevention program. To learn more or to register see the pdf.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources related to health literacy and older adults. Topics include:

  • research on health literacy among older adults
  • online resources / ehealth
  • cognition
  • treatment and medication adherence
  • cancer
  • exercise 

5 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

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