June 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16, 2019 in Kingston. This in-person 5 day workshop is ideal for those already acting in support roles such as PSWs, Social Workers and Caregivers. The curriculum includes an introduction to the end of life cycle, dyin and death; cross-cultural practices at end of life and effective communication; death, grief, bereavement and community resources; end of life planning; business plan and community of practice. To learn more view the pdf flyer or visit the course outline page here.

March 15,16,17 and 22,23 & 24, 2019 at Loyalist College, Belleville. This in-person 5 day workshop is ideal for those already acting in support roles such as PSWs, Social Workers and Caregivers. The curriculum includes an introduction to the end of life cycle, dyin and death; cross-cultural practices at end of life and effective communication; death, grief, bereavement and community resources; end of life planning; business plan and community of practice. To learn more view the pdf flyer or visit the course outline page 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. May 15, 2019 from 8:15 AM - 3:30 PM EST at St. Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Ave, Ottawa the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario is offering an interactive workshop for health care professionals of older adults who are seeking to improve the quality of life for their patients. To learn more or to register click here.

April 4-7, 2019 at the Donald Gordon Centre in Kingston. This four-day small group learning program and preceptorship is funded by the Ministry of Health, Kingston Area Long-term Care Division. There is no reigstration fee, only a $100 deposit which will be returned when you complete the course.  This program is for family physicians living within LHIN 9 and 10. To learn more or to register click here.

Tues. Feb. 26, 2019 from 2-4pm at Trent University. Dr, Outi Hakola will discuss how narrative, thematic and aesthetic choices in film construct, normalize, and challenge culture understandings of "good death."  She raises such questions as who is allowed or expected to have a "good death," how is the relationship with fragile and aging are bodies handled, and what are the demands and limits of indivdualized end-of-life experiences in neoliberal Western societies.  See the poster for more details. RSVP at aging@trentu.ca

Frontenac-Kingston Council on Aging

Friday, February 22, 2019, 10 AM - 3 PM - The Frontenac-Kingston Council on Aging presents Education Day on the Substitute Decision Act and the Health Care and Consent Act. Find out the difference between these acts and learn your legal rights and responsibilities as a health care professional and/or institution. Guest speakers Mark Handelman (B.A., LL.B., MHSc (bioethics) and David Campbell (PhD and ethicist with Kingston Health Sciences Centre) will provide their insight. The event takes place in at the Renaissance Event Venue, 285 Queen Street, Kingston and costs $55 with lunch included. Register by emailing a filled out registration PDF form to infocouncilonaging@gmail.com

brainXchange

This is an arts-based presentation by brainXchange, Alzheimer Society of Canada and the CCNA to disseminated research findings through paintings and artistic works that healthcare professionals created when they were asked “What it is like to care for persons living with dementia who are receiving end-of-life care?". This research is intended to provoke and contribute to local and national end-of-life conversations with the intention of enhancing end-of-life care for persons and families living with dementia.  Watch the webinar recording here.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 8:45 AM - 3 PM EST - The Waterloo - Wellington Annual Knowledge Exchange in Geriatrics will host "Living Beyond the Diagnosis", a day-long event covering how to incorporate a palliative approach to care. Dr. Daphna Grossman, MD CCFP (em) FCFP, will deliver a keynote on the intesection between geriatric care and a palliative approach to care. The cost of the event is $75 and the deadline to register is February 1, 2019. To register click here.

On January 14, 2019, The Division of Geriatric Medicine in collaboration with the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network were pleased to offer this free webinar presentation featuring Tim Yearington (Grey Thunderbird), Algonquin Traditional Knowledge Keeper from the Office of Indigenous Initiatives of Queen's University.

Learning objectives included to review population health concerns, disease prevalence and risk factors; to understand the role of Elders in Indigenous communities and to introduce Indigenous perspectives of health and end-of-life. To view the recording click here.  For the full resource package click here.

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