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Centre for Studies in Aging and Health,
Seniors Health Knowledge Network 
and our Collaborators

November 2017
Dear Colleagues,
November is Fall Prevention Month and to support awareness of the importance of this issue we have developed a reading list of open source resources " Falls and Neurological Disorders."  

The World Health Organization recently released " Integrated care for older people (ICOPE) Guidelines on community-level interventions to manage declines in intrinsic capacity". This includes recommendations to improve musculoskeletal function, mobility and vitality; maintaining sensory capacity; preventing cognitive impairment & promoting psychological well-being; preventing falls; managing age-associated conditions and supporting caregivers.

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Age Friendly Communities (AFC)

The Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Initiative is pleased to share a sample of a Vital Signs report that was recently released for Kingston & Area focused on aging well. It includes information on planning, housing, health and end-of-life with statistics to put it all into context.


Earlier this fall, Baycrest announced that they will be embarking on the first study combining music therapy with brain stimulation to improve memory among patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). This study could pave the way to developing an affordable and easy-to-use treatment for MCI patients who face a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease. To learn more click here.


Save the date! Join us for a webinar on November 28, 2017 12-1 PM EST. Introduction to the Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) tool: A senior-friendly approach to screening for alcohol use in older adults. More information to come at

Bruyère Research Institute (BRI)

The Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), in collaboration with Baycrest Health Sciences, recently announced 26 new projects receiving more than $8.3 million in investment support to accelerate solutions that can help to improve the quality of life and care for older adults with dementia and cognitive health issues. The Bruyère Research Institute (BRI) is being funded for four projects that were selected, including the Java Program in retirement living environments, motivating engagement for physical activity in older adults, using technology to monitor night-time wandering amongst persons with dementia and deprescribing. For more information please click here.

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF)

ONF is one of a number of organizations working to increase the awareness of the problem of falls and older adults by promoting November as Fall Prevention Month. Part of this work includes sharing a free online toolkit of resources to support fall prevention initiatives. One of the resources promoted is this pdf downloadable Fall Prevention Month Reading List shared by the Fall Prevention Community of Practice Library Service .  Learn more at

Regional Geriatrics Program (RGPs)

Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto was consulted in the development of Health Quality Ontario's recommendations for adoption for behavioural symptoms of dementia. In October they shared news of their release. To learn more click here.

Senior Friendly Hospitals (SFH)

Recently SFH shared "Coach's Tip: How to communicate for sustainable change" webinar featuring four powerful but often under-executed communication tools: "The elevator pitch", "Going to gemba", "Feedback mechanisms" and "The data driven huddle". To watch the webinar click here.

Monthly Reading List

This month we turn our attention to some of the issues related to preventing falls in older adults with neurological disorders. The reading list is composed of open source articles focusing on Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia and/or Cognitive Impairment.

Upcoming National, Provincial and Regional Events


Change day is a grass roots movement that is being adopted around the world to improve quality compassionate care. In Canada, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan Health Councils have all championed successful Change Days over the last two years. Change Day Ontario has been designed to empower people within the health system to make positive changes through making pledges or taking actions, big or small, to improve compassionate care. Make your pledge today!

National Bereavement Day
November 21, 2017 will mark the first annual Bereavement Day in Canada. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) invites all Canadians to reflect on the importance of relationships past and present, to think about those who have passed from our lives, and to help advocate for supports at the provincial and national levels for grieving Canadians. 

Brain Foundation Canada
The Platform Grant is intended to support the development and maintenance of a large-scale Canadian Parkinson Network and Registry that is built on the foundation of the established and successful FRQS Quebec Parkinson Network, involving multiple provinces, in the field of Parkinson's disease and related disorders, as well as its operating costs, for a period of three years. The total amount available to support the platform grant is CDN $2,000,000. Letters of intent are due by November 13, 2017 at 16.00 ET.

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