As clinicians and community-based individuals, we encounter problematic substance use as well as Substance Use Disorder among older adults in our daily work.  Canadian healthcare providers now have the tools they need to better support the prevention, assessment and treatment of older adults at risk of, or living with, substance use disorders.

The Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) officially launched 4 sets of Clinical Guidelines on Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults on January 20th, 2020.  These Clinical Guidelines on the prevention, screening, assessment and treatment of Alcohol, Cannabis, Benzodiazepine and Opioid Use Disorders among older adults are available online at www.ccsmh.ca.  In addition to these Guidelines, the CCSMH will be producing community brochures and other knowledge translation material on substance use disorder among older adults in the coming months.

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.

Oct. 13-16, 2020 Palais des Congrès, Montréal. This event offers a unique opportunity to meet, share experiences and exchange ideas with colleagues from 60 countries, representing all disciplines. In-depth workshops and seminars covering all aspects of end-of-life care, from the most current scientific developments in pain and symptom control to the large existential questions, to hands-on experimental sessions addressing practical issues faced every day. To learn more or register click here.

Save the date! Preconference workshop(s): Wed. May 27, 2020. Main conference program Thurs. May 28 - Sat. May 30, 2020 in Hamilton Ontario.  Click here to check for updates.

The CSAH Continuing Education for HCP courses have been developed to support continuing education for health care professionals. These courses are designed to accommodate the HCP in the workplace, with the option of following our '101' series of condensed introductory courses with the option of following a more in-depth comprehensive coverage of the particular health issue.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources including considerations regarding:

  • sexual activity and aging
  • stereotypes and ageism
  • sexual function
  • discussing sexual well-being with patients
  • considerations for healthcare professionals
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • LGBT considerations
  • intimacy in long-term care
  • capacity and consent in dementia

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June 18-19, 2020 at the Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water's Edge. Nurse Practitioners are invited to attend a 2-day educational program on the practical management of common palliative care problems. At the end of the program, learners will be able to identify and integrate into their practice practical management strategies for common palliative care problems, regardless of their practice setting. To learn more or to register click here.

Tues. Jan. 14, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Dr. Ipsit Vahia for this webinar where participants will learn to recognize the common behavioural and psychotic symptoms associated with dementia; recognize how technologies can guide precision care; identify how to incorporate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches to managing behavioural symptoms. To register click here.

This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources including considerations regarding:

  • special considerations for LGBT elders
  • ageism
  • the relationship between mental health and diabetes
  • self-harm
  • suicidal ideation
  • substance use disorders
  • eating disorders
  • grief in dementia
  • stigma
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • anxiety
  • personality disorder
  • exercise

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This new Framework includes an updated plan for implementation of ACP in Canada. The 2019 Pan-Canadian Framework builds on the legacy of the 2012 National Framework and its influence on new developments and accomplishments. It is restructured to focus more on broadening partnerships, and promoting further collaboration among different jurisdictions (local, provincial/territorial, national) and systems (health, law, social services, life planning). Its development was funded by Health Canada as part of a $1.9 million project over three years to help people living in Canada prepare for their future health care needs.

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