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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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.

Jan. 15, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Rachel Khadaroo & Amritpal Bhullar as they discuss their research which helps to identify high-risk patients, personalized treatments, preventative strategies and tools to assist with patient decision making.  To learn more or to register click here.

Dec. 4, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Kelli Stajduhar, Neil Hilliard and Richard Sawatzky as they discuss participatory approaches undertaken to integrate a palliative approach in acute care medical units to improve the quality of care for older adults suffering from life-limiting illnesses. 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.

Nov. 28, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Dr. Marla Beauchamp and Dr. Ayse Kuspinar for this free webinar which will provide an evidence-based synthesis of the role of balance and mobility teting for fall risk assessment in older adults. Using data from the CLSA they will present new results on the accuracy of commonly used mobility tests for fall risk screening. To learn more or to register click here.

Nov. 28, 2019 from 9-10 AM EDT. Join presenter Alana Officer, Team Lead for Healthy Ageing @ World Health Organization for this webinar that will provide an overview of:

  • how Age-Friently cities and communities fit into the Decade proposal
  • what are the implications for countries, cities and communities? 
  • how will progress be tracked
  • resources available for Global network members (guidance, good practice, affiliates, etc.)

To learn more or to register click here.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of resources related to falls and older adults. Topics include considerations regarding balance training, cognition, dementia, diabetes, fear of falling, mental health, multiple sclerosis, nutrition, obesity, orthostatic hypotension, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and traumatic brain injury. 4 pages. Last reviewed October 2019.

Oct. 29. 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Dr. Arne Stinchcombe and Dr. Kimberley Wilson as they describe the socio-historical context of LGBTQ+ older adults in Canada and highlight some of the findings from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). There will be a particular focus on data showing health disparities among sexual minority participants and the importance of social networks and implications for policy and practice. To learn more or to register click here.

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