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 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. 

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.

July 10-12, 2019. This three day virtual event will take place continually for 72 hours across the globe. Its aim is to share best practice around keeping people up, dressed and moving to improve quality of life and prevent deconditioning. The Summit will include case studies, research and clinical sessions as well as leading change, telling stories and creating social movements. To learn more or register click here.

Oct 7-8th 2019, 8:00AM-4:00PM EST. This series will include formal didactic sessions on dementia, delirium, depression, mobility, falls, capacity and living with risk. Afternoons will include integrated case-based sessions ocused on the formal didactic session topics with additional discussions on elder abuse, pain, nutrition and driving. For more information and registration click here.

Friday November 8, 2019 at the Hellenic Community Centre, Ottawa from 12:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The RGPEO Annual General Meeting and Geriatric Poster Presentations.  The CALL FOR POSTERS is open until August 16, 2019. To learn more click here.

Tuesday July 9th from 12-1PM EST join Amber Schiec and Marguerite Thomas as they discuss designing your own multi-faceted campaign to deliver the message to clients to walk more and to walk safely. To learn more or register click here.

Monday June 24th from 12-1PM EST join Mariel Ang and Daphne Kemp as they provide you with the information you need to create and set up your own Mock Potential Environmental Hazards Room regardless of your setting. They will provide the logistics in set up, promotion and how to engage staff, clients, families and/or public on environmental hazards and how they can react with more biological risk factors. To learn more or to register click here.

June 25, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. This webinar is for those involved and interested in transforming the health system in Ontario. Presenters Christine Bidmead and Susan Bonomo will provide an overview of a position paper and will include opportunities for participants to provide feedback on the proposed recommendations and contribute suggestions for the greater integration of fall prevention into the spectrum of health services for older adults. To learn more or register click here.

June 18, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Karen Webb-Anderson and Sarah Crowe as they discuss a quality initiative known as "Mobilize Me" to engage staff and address common misconceptions associated with mobilization. To learn more and register click here.

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