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.

FASTlinks is a series of web-based maps that display links for elder care services in South East Ontario organized into 10 common elder care domains. The 10 domains are organized by function, rather than disease diagnosis. FASTlinks was developed by the CSAH in collaboration with the Aging with Co-morbidities Network.

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.

Thurs. Mar. 21 from 12-1PM EST join presenter Sharon Koehn PhD for this free webinar as she discusses the two phases of the Building Trust project. To learn more or to register click here.

Friday, March 15, 2019, 12 – 1 pm ET join presenters Jennifer Zelmer, Paul L’Archevêque and Erik Sande for this webinar where they will discuss the key foundational concepts of value-based health care, share current activities in Canada including early lessons learned and more. Register 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.

March 21, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join presenter Heidi Sveistrup, PhD as she presents the results of a multi-site study describing residents' engagement in a cycling activity when using an audio-visual multimedia system (Motiview) that stimulates cycling trips across various destinations worldwide. To learn more or to register click here.

March 28, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join presenter Barb Sutcliffe as she disccuses the topic of culture change and how to move from being task-focused to people focused. Resources will be shared to support long-term care homes interested in putting living first and creating a culture where everyone - residents, family members, and team members thrive.  Register here.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to considerations related to speech, hearing and language in older adults. Topics include:

  • hearing loss
  • comorbidities of hearing loss
  • acquired cognitive communication disorders
  • voice changes & disorders in older age
  • non-invasive brain stimulation & aphasia
  • dysarthria
  • dysphonia
  • speech problems with dementia
  • voice disorders
  • post-stroke language recovery

6 pages. Last reviewed February 2019.

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