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.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources including considerations regarding:

  • delirium in acute care settings
  • post-operative delirium
  • prevention
  • non-pharmacological  interventions
  • delirium in palliative care
  • delirium in dementia
  • delirium and frailty

4 pages. Last reviewed November 2019.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources including considerations regarding:

  • different types of dementia
  • pharmacological management
  • non-pharmacological interventions
  • mild cognitive impairment
  • hoarding behaviour in Alzheimer's disease
  • traumatic brain injury
  • agitation
  • suicide
  • sleep disturbance

4 pages. Last reviewed November 2019.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources including considerations regarding:

  • suicide risk and prevention
  • pharmacotherapy
  • brain stimulation
  • bright light treatment
  • electroconvulsive therapy
  • anorexia due to depression
  • depression in diabetes

2 pages. Last reviewed November 2019.

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.

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.

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