Canada's first national dementia strategy sets out a vision for the future and identifies common principles and national objectives to help guide actions by all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, communities, families and individuals. The actions undertaken to achieve the strategy's national objectives may evolve over time, but every action will bring Canada closer to the vision of a Canada in which all people living with dementia and caregivers are valued and supported, quality of life is optimized, and dementia is prevented, well understood, and effectively treated.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Falls & Older Adults”, the latest sagelink blog, a listing of upcoming events, as well as opportunities and updates from 5th National Fall Prevention Conference, AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Behavioural Supports Ontario, BrainXchange, Bruyère, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, CIHR, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Institute for Life Course & Aging, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Public Health Agency of Canada, Queen’s University Continuing Professional Development, Regional Geriatric Program of Ontario, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, and Weston Brain Institute.

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This checklist identifies environmental adaptations for seniors that could help prevent accidents and enhance independent living at home. Guidelines on how to hire a reputable contractor are included.

Dec. 4, 2019 from 1:30-2:30PM EST. Join presenters Kate Ducak and Tina Kalvianinen as they share strategies and resources developed in collaboration with Behavioural Supports Ontario, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and people with lived experience to increase the use of person-centred language in lon-term care homes. To learn more or to register click here.

December 16, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Dr. Ruth Barclay as she reviews the importance of community ambulation and describes some of the resuls of identifying factors that are associated with the frequency of community ambulation. Using data from the CLSA she will discuss the differences and similarlities between the results from adults aged 45+, those with stroke, and those with osteoarthritis. Implications for future research as well as for community and rehabilitation programs will be discussed. To learn more or to register click here.

Tues. Nov. 19th from 12-1PM EST. Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) experience higher rates of frailty at earlier ages than the general population. Collaboration between home care and developmental services sectors is important to support adults with IDD who are frail in the community. In this webinar, we focus on the collaboration between Reena and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, and share “Call to Action” resources to support individuals, families, and providers in the context of frailty and IDD.
 
This interactive webinar featuring Lynn Martin, Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz and Tori Barabash will provide information on:

  • Frailty among adults with IDD
  • Principles and recommendations to guide action on frailty
  • Key elements of effective intersectoral collaboration in the context of supporting adults with IDD who are frail

To learn more or to register click here.

Wed. Nov. 6, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join Dr. Krista L. Lanctôt as she discusses the use of cannabinoids as a therapeutic intervention in dementia, particularly for agitation. Register here.

A number of educational opportunities are scheduled in South East Ontario to support volunteers, caregivers and health care professionals improve their ability to care for people with potentially life-limiting illness. To view the 2019-2020 calendar click here.

This set of resources is intended to assist clinicians in engaging patients in Patient-Centred Decision-Making conversations. The toolkit includes a framework and definitions, algorithm, e-learning modules, quick reference guide and implementation guide. Last reviewed October 2019.

November 27, 2019 from 8am - 4pm at the Holiday Inn Kingston - Waterfront. This years symposium provides an opportunity for health care professionals and administrators who work in stroke care to develop and share stroke expertise by:

  • learning about best practice strategies
  • learning about exciting changes in our system that are improving patient outcomes
  • developing a collaborative network of health care providers
  • improving awareness of services, programs and resources to support health care providers and patients and their families

To learn more or to register click here.

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