Highlights of this issue include a reading list on Mental Health Considerations for Older Adults. This month’s blog is by Gail Hawley Knowles, R.N., BA, MHs on Anxiety in Older Adults.  A listing of upcoming events, opportunities and updates related to aging, health and caring for older adults are included. 

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.

Feb. 27th, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join Dr. Susan Hunter for this presentation as she discusses the epidemiology and risk factors for falls in people with dementia and mobility aids as a falls risk factor in people with dementia. To learn more or to register click here.

Feb. 7, 2020 from 11am-12pm EST. Join presenter Dr. Robert Madan as he provides insights to support optimal care approaches to residents living with depression in LTC. This webinar will allow team members to learn strategies for engaging residents living with a diagnosis or symptoms of depression and their families. Participants will learn how to support residents both during their transition to an LTC home and once they are settled in. Register here.

Oct. 13-16, 2020 Palais des Congrès, Montréal. This event offers a unique opportunity to meet, share experiences and exchange ideas with colleagues from 60 countries, representing all disciplines. In-depth workshops and seminars covering all aspects of end-of-life care, from the most current scientific developments in pain and symptom control to the large existential questions, to hands-on experimental sessions addressing practical issues faced every day. To learn more or register click here.

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

  • sexual activity and aging
  • stereotypes and ageism
  • sexual function
  • discussing sexual well-being with patients
  • considerations for healthcare professionals
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • LGBT considerations
  • intimacy in long-term care
  • capacity and consent in dementia

6 pages. Last reviewed December 2019.

March 30 - April 1 at the Toronto Congress Centre. The Ontario Long Term Care Association & Ontario Retirement Communities Association are hosting this convention & trade show. It is Canada's largest gathering of long-term care and retirement home professionals. With more than 1,200 delegates and over 250 exhibitors, this year's event will feature exception keynote speakers and educational session that cover a range of hot topics in both the long-term care and retirement community sectors. Registration is now open and early-bird rates are available until February 14. For more information, please visit the conference website.

Feb. 19th from 10:30-11:30 AM EST.  Join presenters Kimberly Lopez and Ashley Flanagan for this free webinar where they will share strategies to acknowledge and support diverse identities and needs of individuals who live and work in long-term care (LTC) homes. Attendees will receive self-reflection tools to think critically in order to support individuals with diverse social identities, with implications for how we provide care and services in LTC. To learn more or to register click here

Wed. Jan. 29, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Dr. Sarah Hewko as she shares the findings of a study which identified and compared factors reported to influence retirment decision-making among Registered Nurses and Allied Health Professionals and the implications for workforce policy. To learn more or to register click here.

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

  • special considerations for LGBT elders
  • ageism
  • the relationship between mental health and diabetes
  • self-harm
  • suicidal ideation
  • substance use disorders
  • eating disorders
  • grief in dementia
  • stigma
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • anxiety
  • personality disorder
  • exercise

4 pages. Last reviewed December 2019.

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