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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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.

Nov. 20th from 2-4pm EST at the Good Companions Seniors' Centre, Ottawa. Join Dr. Neil Thomas of the Bruyère Memory Program as he presents his research about data, technology and how sensors can help support people with dementia. For more information 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.

Friday November 29, 2019 from 8:30am - 3:30pm at Dog House Studios, Napanee. This conference features presenters, Dr. Jonathan Bertram, Jennifer Stratford, Darcy King McKay, Mike Barnes, Sgt. Brad Milburn and Eman Attallah. Topics discussed include anti-psychotics versus cannabis in the elderly, sexual intimacy, safety in community and listening as a caregiver to the stories of dementia. To learn more or to register, click here.

Nov 27-29, 2019 in Waterloo, ON. This award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. The interactive, 3-day Train-the-Trainer workshop is designed for team members of organizations that are interested in building capacity to train and support their entire teams. Learn more and register here.

October 3, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Debbie Hewitt Colborne and Lori Schnidel Martin for this webinar which will provide an overview of BSO-DOS© and the collaborative work that led to its development, as well as detailed implementation strategies to assist clinical teams to utilize the new BSO-DOS©. During the webinar the presenters will discuss important feedback from survey findings and as well as brainstorm further strategies to enhance implementation and inform the ongoing support from the BSO Provincial Coordinating Office. To learn more or to register click here.

Oct. 18, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join presenters Dr. Gary Nagile and Dr. Mark Rapport as they describe dementia-related driving risks, review recent changes to Fitness to Drive reporting policy in Ontario, and discuss how to interpret and deal with these changes in clincial practice. To learn more or to register click here.

The Institute for Life Course and Aging offers a variety of online workshops for healthcare and other professionals who work with older adults.  A variety of topics are covered of the 2019-2020 period. For a full listing please click here.

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