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.

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.

This UK report aims to raise awareness of an often overlooked population, to promote greater understanding of support needs and recommend approaches that offer better, high quality care. 16 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This billingual article describes the findings of a cross-sectional, self-administered survey of Canadian family physicians and other health professionals investigating perceived barriers and enablers of advance care planning (ACP) in the primary care setting. 9 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors conducted a systematic review to identify relevant contextual elements, program features, implementation principles, and impacted outcomes to inform policy and practice. 49 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This report describes the evaluation of an evidence-based communication skills training for health and social care professionals. 4 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

This study underscores the need to consider gender identify and sexual orientation at end-of-life. In particular, recognition of intersectionality and social locations is crucial to facilitating positive aging experiences and end-of-life care. 10 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors explored how discussions about life-sustaining treatment occur and examined the factors which influence physician’s communication strategies with the aim of providing novel insights into how communication can be improved. 15 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

The authors conducted a systematic review to determine the effect of structured communication tools for end-of-life decision making in contrast to usual care. 19 pages. Last reviewed March 2019.

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