This brief utilized a case study approach to inform a list of issues which could be addressed by decision makers. 4 pages. Last reviewed May 2018.

This paper discusses the findings of a cross-sectional study investigating whether a rural, urban, or suburban location impacts the level of resilience in older adults. 10 pages. Last reviewed May 2018.

On May 25, 2018  The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care Hospital, Kingston, held our 2018 conference which focused on the topics of social isolation, poverty and age-friendly communities. Conference presentations are available by viewing the full page.

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association present this online educational event featuring Blair Henry and Naheed Dosani on Thursday, Feb. 1st from 1-2:30pm EST.  This session will examine the social determinants of health as they impact end of life care for marginalized populations in Canada. Topics will include an overview of SDOH, challenges in treating marginalized populations at end of life, and the ethical challenges involved. The cost to participate is $55. To register click here.

This article discusses a number of considerations for managing multimorbidity in people with chronic respiratory conditions including: the use of care planning, addressing polypharmacy, comorbid mental health conditions, and drug reactions, factors such as gender and socio-economic status, health promotion /opportunistic screening and shared decision making.

If you believe that your parent, spouse, friend or neighbor may be depressed, there are steps that you can take to help lift their spirits. You are probably busy with your own holiday preparations, but it’s important to remember what the holiday season is truly about. Simplifying some of your plans will allow you to focus on what really matters: the important people in your life. Use these ideas to brighten up a loved one’s winter season.

Social isolation is more than just the holiday blues; seniors who are not engaged with their communities can suffer physically.  Studies have found that older adults who do not feel they are valued members of society can slip into depression, withdrawing from others and failing to eat or sleep properly, get regular exercise or keep doctor appointments.  Social isolation and loneliness can increase the risk of mortality in older adults and may lead to a quicker cognitive decline in some seniors.

Many seniors face loneliness. Even if family members live in the same city, adult children often become so busy with their own lives and social obligations that they fail to recognize how much their parents or grandparents look forward to spending time with them during the holidays.

Caregivers may notice a sudden change in mood, appetite, or energy level in their loved one, other symptoms may involve, sadness, sleep disturbances or lethargy.  The key in assessing for SAD is to tune into sudden changes that seem to revolve around the cold, dark months of winter.  Of course, any symptoms of depression should be reported to the physician regardless of the season.  

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