Monday March 30th from 3-4PM EST. Join this expert panel presentation moderated by Dr. Don Melady and featuring panelists, Dr. Teresita Hogan, Dr. Michael Malone and Dr. Adam Perry. The goals are to introduce emergency physicians to the epidemiology and clinical presentation of COVID-19 especially in older patients, to highlight the challenges that older patients may face and pose in the ED and hospital during this pandemic (e.g. polymorbidities and impact on viral illness, difficulty of identifying infection because of blunted fever reaction, to provide a forum for discussion of their article COVID-19 in Older Adults: Key Points for Emergency Department Providers, to consider the proposition that for frail polymorbid older people (both in long-term care and living at home), prevention may be the only management strategy available particularly as hospital beds and ICU beds become overwhelmed and to emphasize the importance of advance care planning and establishing end-of-life goals of care. To join the webinar click here.
Highlights of this issue include a reading list on Optimizing Medications in Older Adults. A listing of upcoming events, opportunities and updates related to aging, health and caring for older adults are included. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.
As a trusted leader in the care of older adults living with frailty, the RGP of Toronto want to ensure the care providers get accurated and curated information on COVID-19 in a timely fashion, To view the most up to date resources click here.
June 17, 202 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Lynn Martin, Lakehead University & Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz, Queen’s University as they discuss their research on frailty in older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the community. To learn more or to register click here.
Sessions will run on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. starting April 21, 2020 and ending July 7, 2020. Baycrest and North East Specialized Geriatric Centre are excited to announce our third ECHO Care of the Elderly Long-Term Care (ECHO COE-LTC) cycle. ECHO Care of the Elderly aims to build a virtual community of practice helping primary care providers expand their skills and build their capacity in the care of frail, complex aging individuals. ECHO COE-LTC is run in collaboration with the Ontario CLRI. Learn more or register here.
June 16-17, 2020 at the Chestnut Conferene Centre, Toronto. Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have a right to healthcare that meets their specific health and developmental needs. As members of the health sector, we are actively exploring the nature and extent of the inequalities often faced by this marginalized group. To bolster these efforts, the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) Special Interest Research Group and Surrey Place are hosting 20/20 & Beyond, a two-day conference that will raise awareness, increase knowledge and connect policy and practice to improve the health of individuals with IDD.
This annual conference comes back to Canada after 11 years. It welcomes participation from a range of interested groups including researchers, public health professionals, policy-makers, disability service providers, health care professionals and advocates. To learn more or to register click here.
March 25, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Dr. Olga Theou and Dr. Mario Ulises Pérez-Zepeda as they review a standardized approach to constructing a Frailty Index to determine the frailty levels of middle-aged and older Canadians using data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). They will present population-based normative frailty values defined using this new standardized frailty tool and explain how other researchers and clinicians can use this information. To learn more or to register click here.
This webpage shares resources on quality of life (QOL) assessment for older adults living with frailty and their family caregivers. Tools for QOL assessments have been shown to help older adults to work with their healthcare providers to live comfortably at home as long as possible and to help family members who are coping with the demands of caring for a love one at home. Click here to access these tools.