Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Health Literacy and Older Adults” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Institute for Life Course & Aging, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and SE Research Centre.

Information about funding opportunities from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council are included. A number of upcoming events and educational opportunities are listed. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.

This publication discusses a case-crossover study aimed at estimating the association between non-benzodiazepine hypnotic drugs and risk of hip fracture among a nationwide sample of long-stay nursing home residents. 15 pages. Last reviewed May 2019.

May 14, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Stephen Robinovitch, Vicki Komisar and Dorina Simeonov as they discuss how video evidence can e used from real-life falls in older adults who live in long-term care to guide the design strategies to reduce the risk of fall-related head impact and injury.  Webinar participants will learn about clinical, physical and situational factors that affect risk for fall-related head impact, and about how our understanding of these factors informs novel methods of simulating falls and evaluating protective headgear. Register here.

Wed. June 5th from 8:45AM to 4:00PM at the Best Western Inn on the Bay, join the Grey Bruce Geriatric Education Cooperative for this interactive learning experience to learn more about osteoporosis and frailty, fracture prevention for long-term care residents, exercise for bone health, falls & fracture prevention, medications in osteoporosis treatment, diet for optimal bone health, fracture risk scale and fracture screening and prevention program. To learn more or to register see the pdf.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources related to health literacy and older adults. Topics include:

  • research on health literacy among older adults
  • online resources / ehealth
  • cognition
  • treatment and medication adherence
  • cancer
  • exercise 

5 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

The authors argue that understanding how health literacy and demographic factors contribute to the rate of falls is key to modifying fall prevention interventions to be more effective among those older adults with low health literacy. 10 pages. Last reviewed April 2019.

Baycrest, in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, is excited to announce Cycle 4 of “Project ECHO Care of the Elderly” (ECHO COE), a telehealth education program with didactic presentations and case-based learning that aims to help primary care providers build capacity in the care of older adults. The sessions run weekly from April 10 – July 17, 2019 on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 PM EST. For more information, please see the pdf downloads or click here

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Having Difficult Conversations with Older Adults” as well as updates from AGE-WELL, Baycrest, Brainxchange, Bruyere, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Institute for Life Course & Aging, National Institute on Ageing, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Community Support Association, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy and SE Research Centre.

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

Wed. April 3, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join presenter Dr. Mohammad Auais as he discusses fear of falling prevalence among older adults; health consequences of fear of falling in the short and long terms, including physical disability; evaluating fear of falling and discussing some available outcome measures for clinical practice; and managing fear of falling. Register here.

This literature review examined the association between hearing loss and other health conditions with consideration of the management of hearing loss in a multimorbidity context. 9 pages. Last reviewed January 2019.

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