This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources on health issues related to season or climate. Resources on depression, insomnia, dry skin, environmental pollution, climate change, temperature and influenza are included. 3 pages. 

This guide from the American Psychological Association, Climate for Health and ecoAmerica provides an overview of climate change, its impact on mental health and recommendations for addressing those mental health impacts. There is a section specific to the increased risks posed to older adults.

The authors of the RCT concluded that they found greater improvements in depression, health-related quality of life, and memory, as well as decreases in the inflammatory marker, CRP, in older depressed participants receiving escitalopram with Tai Chi Chih compared to those receiving escitalopram and health education.

This article discusses the impact of light on the human circadian system, seasonality of human cognitive brain function, immunity and physiology. The authors touch upon the use of light therapy for geriatric depression and the importance of learning more about the circadian system in aging to improve cognitive function, mood, and sleep in relation to dementia.

Baycrest Health Sciences, in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre, is launching Project ECHO Care of the Elderly (ECHO COE), a telehealth program that aims to help primary care providers build capacity in the care of older adults through biweekly 90 minute videoconference sessions on Mondays from 3-4:30pm. For more information or to register visit baycrest.org/echo.

This presentation by Dr. John Puxty provides a summary of age-related changes in memory, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), dementia, delirium and depression in older adults. Last reviewed November 2017. 66 slides.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to falls and neurological disorders. Resources related to Parkinson's disease, Mulitple Sclerosis, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia and/or Cognitive Impairment are included. 4 pages. 

This meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the effect of cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine on the risk of falls, syncope and related events.

The authors of this longitudinal study aimed to evaluate if reduced executive function (EF) is a risk factor for future falls over the course of 5 years of follow-up. Their findings demonstrated that the risk of future falls was predicted by performance on EF and attention tests conducted 5 years earlier among community-dwelling older adults.

This paper reviews the importance of the gait-cognition inter-relationship in aging and presents evidence that gait assessments can provide a window into the understanding of cognitive function, dysfunction and fall risk in older adults.

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