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.

The Government of Ontario is seeking ideas and feedback from seniors and their families, people who care for seniors, organizations that support seniors, advocacy groups and others to inform the development of a provincial seniors' strategy.  Deadline to participate is July 19, 2019. To learn more or take the survey please click here.

On July 8th, 2019 Dr. Chris Frank  reviewed the scant literature on the demographic factors common in health-care serial murderers; made the link between patient safety principles and Health Care Serial Murder (HCSM), and summarized relevant information arising from the Wettlaufer Inquiry. Watch the webinar recording here

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Dual Sensory Loss in Older Adults” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, BrainXchange, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Deafblind Ontario Services, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario.

Information about the Seniors Community Grant Program and CABHI Spark Program funding opportunities are included. Opportunities to share insights related to health care improvement and dementia are also featured. A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly 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.

Sept. 12, 2019, 12-1PM EST. Join Dr. Paul Mick and Dr. Natalie Phillips for this free Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) webinar presentation. Register here.

Wed. Aug. 14th, 2019 from 11am -12pm EST. Join presenter Patty Bordie, MPA for this free webinar, as she discusses resilience: the process of adapting well in the face of significant sources of distress plays an increasingly important role in successful aging. Learn more about ways aging network providers and community partners can support older adults in problem solving, preparing for challenges and cultivating this essential component for well-being across the lifespan. Click here for connection details.

This report from the Public Health Agency of Canada found that men are more likely to die from falls than women compared to females almost all 5 year age groups. 

Friday July 26th from 12-1PM EST. Join Dr. Barbara Liu as she discusses how clinicians across the continuum of care can access free SFC learning series resources. Register here.

Co-developed with geriatric clinical experts from Ontario, on behalf of the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario, the sfCare Learning Series comprises introductory educational modules for clinicians, along with supporting posters and patient handouts on 7 key clinical topics: delirium, mobility, polypharmacy, pain, loneliness, nutrition, and urinary incontinence.

How can these modules and tools benefit clinicians, geriatric specialists, and healthcare organizations?

  • Clinicians and geriatric specialists can use the posters and patient handouts as tools to support patient and caregiver engagement and patient self-management.
  • Organizations can use the education modules to implement a new clinical training program or replace or refresh their current clinical training program.
  • Clinicians in any sector who would like to learn more about providing excellent care for frail older adults can use the education modules for self-study. 

A learning series is currently under development for caregivers as well as personal support workers. We will also be creating more advanced modules for clinicians.

Click here to access the sfCare Learning Series.

Do you have questions about how to use these new tools?

Click here to join our next webinar which will answer frequently asked questions about the sfCare Learning Series and feature organizations who are implementing this standardized training.

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