April 1, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join presenter Dr. Chris Frank, as he discusses communication strategies for having difficult conversations such as advance care planning, goals of care and end of life.  Learning objectives include understanding the difference between Advance Care Planning (ACP), goals of care and consent; 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. Register here.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Speech, Language & Hearing in Older Age” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Institute for Life Course & Aging, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA).

Information about funding opportunities and calls for abstracts from the Canadian Association on Gerontology and Canadian Frailty Network are included.  A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

On  Feb. 21st 2019, Dr. Joanne Ho provided this in-person and online presentation where she discussed the pharmacology of cannabinoids, unique considerations for older adults and cannabis drug-drug interactions to consider with cannabinoids.  Please note that the content included was based on the best evidence available at the time. The recording of the presentation is available for viewing here. A special edition reading list is available as a pdf featuring related resources.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to considerations for health and personal care professionals in having difficult conversations with older adults. Topics include:

  • decision making
  • diagnosis
  • end-of-life
  • sexuality

2 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors conducted a systematic review to identify relevant contextual elements, program features, implementation principles, and impacted outcomes to inform policy and practice. 49 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This report describes the evaluation of an evidence-based communication skills training for health and social care professionals. 4 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors explored how discussions about life-sustaining treatment occur and examined the factors which influence physician’s communication strategies with the aim of providing novel insights into how communication can be improved. 15 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors conducted a systematic review to determine the effect of structured communication tools for end-of-life decision making in contrast to usual care. 19 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors conducted a narrative review of evidence regarding advance care planning and end-of-life communication. 10 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

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