Highlights of this issue include a reading list on Mental Health Considerations for Older Adults. This month’s blog is by Gail Hawley Knowles, R.N., BA, MHs on Anxiety in Older Adults.  A listing of upcoming events, opportunities and updates related to aging, health and caring for older adults are included. 

Feb. 27th, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join Dr. Susan Hunter for this presentation as she discusses the epidemiology and risk factors for falls in people with dementia and mobility aids as a falls risk factor in people with dementia. 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.

The Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) is looking to fund knowledge translation and real-world implementation proposals aimed to empower remote Indigenous communities to enable them to improve care for, and support elders to remain in their home or communities. CFN will only fund proposals that are co-created/co-designed in close partnership with Indigenous community members. Proposals must focus on the scale or spread of a prior health and/or social care initiative shown to be effective in a smaller context.

Budget: $200,000 maximum

Deadline: March 2, 2020

Wed. Feb. 5th from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Dr. Tom Schwizer as he reviews the current brain imaging literature on concussion and mTBI and shares new findings. He will also discuss some of the research linking head injury to dementia to future directions. To learn more and to register click here.

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

6 pages. Last reviewed December 2019.

Feb. 19th from 10:30-11:30 AM EST.  Join presenters Kimberly Lopez and Ashley Flanagan for this free webinar where they will share strategies to acknowledge and support diverse identities and needs of individuals who live and work in long-term care (LTC) homes. Attendees will receive self-reflection tools to think critically in order to support individuals with diverse social identities, with implications for how we provide care and services in LTC. To learn more or to register click here

Wed. Jan. 29, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Dr. Sarah Hewko as she shares the findings of a study which identified and compared factors reported to influence retirment decision-making among Registered Nurses and Allied Health Professionals and the implications for workforce policy. To learn more or to register click here.

Jan. 9, 2020 from 1-2PM EST. Join Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health and AGE-WELL Network Investigator for this free webinar presentation. Best practices, including community-based research, OCAP principles, knowledge translation, and positioning communities as co-researchers will be discussed, including the development of a training module to assist AgingTech researchers in ethically engaging Indigenous communities to promote equitable access to technology. To learn more or 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

4 pages. Last reviewed December 2019.

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