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Centre for Studies in Aging and Health,
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January 2018
Dear Colleagues,
We would like to start by wishing you a Happy New Year! January is often a time when people think about adopting healthy lifestyle changes and this brought to mind the importance of lifestyle and chronic disease prevention. To support greater awareness of disease prevalence and impact in older adults we have  developed a reading list of open source resources, "Chronic Health Issues and the Older Adult."

In addition to updates from member organizations and upcoming events we are sharing news about  funding opportunities which we hope will help with your projects, research and/or programming.

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SHKN, CSAH Team and Partners

Age Friendly Communities (AFC)

Ontario recently launched the Ontario Age-Friendly Community Recognition Award which recognizes municipalities and organizations across the province that have made outstanding progress in creating inclusive and accessible communities for people of all ages and abilities. The deadline to nominate a deserving initiative is February 2, 2018.

Alzheimer Society of Ontario

On November 28, 2017 it was announced that Ontario will be providing new patient navigators to assist every person that has been diagnosed with dementia through the expansion of the First Link Program to cover communities province wide. 46 First Link Care Navigators will be hired to help those diagnosed with dementia and their care partners access local supports and programs. To learn more click here.


The federal government has announced that
Dr. Addis will join the Rotman Research Institute (RRI) at Baycrest Health Sciences as the  Canada 150 Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Aging.

As a Canada 150 Research Chair, Dr. Addis will receive $2.45 million over seven years to explore ways to improve a person's ability to picture the future, opening the door to develop interventions for depression and mood disorders amongst older adults and enhance psychological well-being during aging. This work could also help prevent dementia since researchers have identified depression as a risk factor for the brain disease.To learn more click here.

brainX change

The Non-Stigmatizing Language (dementia focus) Expert Panel held it's first meeting this past November. The group was brought together by Behavioural Supports Ontario Provincial Coordinating office and includes members with lived experience, care partners, health care providers, long-term care providers, researchers, etc. The group has focused on creating a set of guiding principles to promote the consistent use of person-centred language will continue to move forward in 2018. For more information contact Gagan Gill at  

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF)

ONF is pleased to share that registration for the Canadian Falls Prevention Conference is now open. This 2 day conference held on June 11 and 12, 2018 in St. John's NL. features keynote speakers, Dr. Dawn Skelton and Dr. Alex Mihailidis. More details are available here.

In the December edition of the Senior Friendly Care newsletter they shared that at a recent co-design work-shop, older adults and their caregivers shared their desire for evidence-based information on nutrition but did not want to see their doctor for a referral to a dietitian. EatRightOntario is a free and easy access resource to connect older adults to dietitians through their website, or by toll free number 1-877-510-5102 or email. They also have a guide to healthy eating for older adults available here.

Monthly Reading List

This month we turn our attention to the prevalence and impact of chronic health issues in older adults. This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source materials related to Canadian population studies, supporting self-management, disease/condition specific publications and reports from around the globe.

Upcoming National, Provincial and Regional Events

2018 Catalyst Grant Competition
Call for Proposals 

The Canadian Frailty Network in collaboration with the New Brunswick Research Foundation is welcoming proposals for research, knowledge translation or quality improvement studies directly addressing the "Top Ten Canadian Frailty Priorities". Intent to apply is due January 15, 2018. For more information click here.

Phase 2 Research Opportunity

Malnutrition is common in adults admitted to hospital and has significant consequences on quality of life and use of the healthcare system. The More-2-Eat (M2E) implementation project looked at improving nutrition culture in Canadian hospitals.  

More-2-Eat is seeking 5 new hospitals to be part of Phase 2. During this 18-month study, the original 5 hospitals will spread their improved nutrition care processes to other units, while 5 new hospitals will learn how to make improvements and will be supported to make change.

Please review the More-2-Eat Phase 2 Overview and complete your  Expression of Interest by January 8, 2018.  

Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is pleased to invite applications for the 2018-19 Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, with a new stream this year geared towards projects for seniors that boost physical activity and healthy living.

Applications for projects focused on seniors (65 years of age and over) as a target group will be considered for funding support under a new funding stream, in alignment with the  Aging with Confidence: Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors. This new, dedicated funding stream will provide more seniors the opportunity to participate in physical activities and support healthy lifestyles in a recreational environment. Maintaining or improving functional ability levels through enhanced recreation opportunities will enable older adults and seniors to stay actively engaged in their communities and prolong physical and mental well-being

Deadline: 5:00 PM (EST)Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Call for Abstracts

The Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research has announced a call for abstracts for their May 28th-31st conference in Montreal with the theme of "How Research Informs the Future of the Canadian Health System". Click here for the Abstract Guidelines. 

Deadline: Friday, January 19, 2018

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