Monday June 3rd from 12-1PM EST join presenter Atul Jaiswal, PhD as he aims to make professionals in the field understand the challenges faced by older adults with dual sensory loss and offer potential solutions to support them. He will highlight strategies that could help professionals in conducting clinical assessments and providing medical care to older adults with dual sensory loss. He will use case scenarios from the field in combination with recent knowledge developments in the field of dual sensory loss to present challenges and potential solutions. To learn more or to register click here.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Health Literacy and Older Adults” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Institute for Life Course & Aging, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and SE Research Centre.

Information about funding opportunities from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council are included. A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

On April 1st, 2019,  Dr. Chris Frank provided this in-person/webinar presentation as he discussed communication strategies for having difficult conversations such as advance care planning, goals of care and end of life.  Learning objectives included understanding the difference between Advance Care Planning (ACP), goals of care and consent; how to incorporate ACP and goals of care discussions into regular outpatient care; using the principles to make CPR discussions easier for patients and you and incorporate Harvard Serious Illness Communication guide and other resources into your discussions. Watch the recording here.  Additional resources can be accessed by clicking read more.

On March 4th, 2019 Dr. John Puxty provided this in-person/webinar presentation targeted towards the practicing clinician with a focus on assisting them in appreciating the importance of recognizing frailty in older adults, identifying practical methods for flagging and assessing frailty and its commonly associated contributing factors and improving awareness about evidence-based strategies to reduce and manage frailty. Watch the video recording here.

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.

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.

June 19, 2019 from 10am-3pm at 99 Thorton Rd. S. Oshawa. This unique workshop provides learning opportunities for organizations or individuals who are looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of individuals with a sensory loss and communication needs. This interactive workshop will address: sensory loss - characteristics and implications; total communication approach; communication systems; introduction to sign language - signed exact english and simulations - interactive sensory loss simulations. $150.00 lunch is included. Register here.

June 13, 2019 from 10am-3pm at 525 Coté St, Ottawa. This unique workshop provides learning opportunities for organizations or individuals who are looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of individuals with a sensory loss and communication needs. This interactive workshop will address: sensory loss - characteristics and implications; total communication approach; communication systems; introduction to sign language - signed exact english and simulations - interactive sensory loss simulations. $150.00 lunch is included. Register here.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources related to dual sensory impairment and loss in older adults. Themes include:

  • screening
  • rehabilitation
  • assistive technology
  • mental health
  • quality of life
  • dementia 

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The study described in this article examined the patterns of sleep quality before, during and after hospitalization as well as predictors of sleep quality patterns. The investigators also examined the predictors of classification discordance between two suggested clinical cutoffs used to demarcate poor/good sleep. 7 pages. Last reviewed May 2019.

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