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Centre for Studies in Aging and Health,
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April 2018
Dear Colleagues,
In celebration of National Carers Day on April 3rd, World Health Day on April 7th and Advance Care Planning day on April 16th, we were inspired to put together a reading list of open source resources entitled "Engaging & Empowering Older Adults"

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)

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, April 24, 1-2 pm ET for a webinar entitled  Connecting With Ontario Seniors: Moving from Social Isolation  to Social Inclusion with presenters Bonnie Schroeder, Rachel Sutcliffe and Nancy Angus. To learn more or register click here .


Alzheimer Society of Ontario

Did you know that iGeriCare offers free, online access to lessons and  resources that help individuals to learn about all aspects of dementia at their own pace, in their own homes? Help spread the word!

iGeriCare has been created with the funding and in-kind contributions from the following: McMaster University, GERAS Centre, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Alzheimer Society of Canada, SPARK Program - Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), and Regional Geriatric Program (RGP) Central. 

Different Apps for Different Chaps: New Technologies in SLP Intervention - May 14 -15, 2018
Baycrest Health Sciences invites you to see how apps and technology can enhance your clinical practice in this two-day conference focusing on the use of technology in communication and swallowing rehabilitation with presenters Swathi Kiran and Megan Sutton. To learn more click  here.  Deadline for early registration is April 16, 2018.

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Cultural Safety:Ethical and Equitable Health Care for Indigenous Patients, Families, and Communities    Join  Meaghan Fullerton  for this webinar on  April 24, 2018 from 12-1pm EDT that will introduce participants to the concept of cultural safety in Indigenous Health Care, an orientation that imperative for members of settler society to offer ethical care to Indigenous clients, patients, families, and communities. Consistent with the Truth and Reconciliation's Calls to Action, cultural safety asks members of settler society to critically reflect on personal and collective culture, history, colonial context, dominant historical narratives, as well as Indigenous voice and experience. Register  here.

Centre for Studies in Aging & Health

Call for poster abstracts is now open! Abstract submission deadline is April 30th. For more details please click here.

On May 25th from 8:30am to 4:30pm at Providence Care Hospital join us for " Empowering Older Adults: Opportunities & Possibilities". Topics for this years conference include social isolation, poverty and age-friendly communities. Keynote speaker. Dr. Parmiinder Raina will speak to these themes as he shares his findings from the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging. Register  here.

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF)

ONF is a supporter of the Falls Loop Community of Practice which recently hosted a webinar entitled "It Takes a Village: Fall Prevention and Age-Friendly Communities" with presenters Wendy Carew and Jerry Tomljenovic in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada. Wendy and Jerry advanced participants conceptual understanding of the connection between age-friendly communities and fall prevention strategies as well as offered practical community examples of how deliberate linkages between these approaches can strengthen local services and supports. To watch a recording of the presentation click here .

Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy

Osteoporosis Canada, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy and GERAS Centre for Aging Research are excited to announce the launch of four series of videos, aimed at educating health care professionals to prevent falls and fractures for long-term care (LTC) residents. Click here to watch the 4-part series for Physiotherapists and Physiotherapy Assistants.

Queen's University

On Wednesday April, 25th 2018 from 8am to 5pm, Queen's University's Continuing Professional Development is hosting Geriatrics 2018 at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre in Kingston. Topics include strategies for dementia and common care issues in the vulnerable. Program and registration information is available here.

RGPs of Ontario

Wednesday May, 23rd 2018 at the Holiday Inn Toronto-Yorkdale join the RGPs of Ontario for their Annual Conference "Competency Framework for Interprofessional Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment."  Registration details are available here.

Senior Friendly Care 

Save the date for "Senior Friendly Care (sfCare) and the Senior Friendly Seven (SF7): Building more connected care for frail seniors" an intersectoral conference on May 24th, 2018, 8:30 am-4:30 pm at the Holiday Inn, Yorkdale, Toronto. Registration details coming soon. To learn more click here .

Monthly Reading List

This month's reading list includes resources on supporting improved decision making, empowerment of elderly patients, health promotion, social inclusion / participation and more.

Upcoming National, Provincial and Regional Events

The Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation
Call for proposalsThe Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation is announcing a $50k grant opportunity for projects that focus on research into educational initiatives for health and social care professionals designed to improve the health and wellness of older adults. This competition is open to qualified grantees based in Ontario and British Columbia.  
Submission Deadline:  April 11, 2018

Click here for more details. For questions, please email


Canadian Frailty Network

The FRAILTY MATTERS Innovation Showcase  is a national CFN initiative to support their mandate of promoting and transferring the best knowledge, evidence, and innovations and practice and policy.

CFN is seeking applications from organizations that have implemented, or are implementing, an innovation for the improvement of care for those living with frailty or their family/friend caregivers and other care providers.
Call for Showcase Application Closes:  April 12, 2018

Click here for more details. 



Call for abstracts. CAG2018 is your opportunity to share your research and other work in the field of aging with your national and international colleagues from a diverse spectrum of disciplines. Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines and all interests in aging, including research, practice, policy and related areas. The theme of the 2018 annual meeting is  "Making It Matter: Mobilizing Aging Research, Practice & Policy". Individuals are encouraged to submit abstracts which address this theme, although all submissions for oral, poster, symposium and workshop presentations.


Submission Deadline:  April 16, 2018

Click here for more details.

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Organizations still have time to register to apply for this years Grow Grants. Grow grants support the evidence-based development of activities by funding:
  • Replicating, adapting or scaling a proven model
  • Piloting or demonstrating a tested model

Funding amounts are between $50,000 to $250,000 per year for a term of 2 to 3 years. Applications must align with OTF Priorities.  Click here to learn more.


Registration Deadline:  April 25, 2018

Application Deadline: May 16, 201

Click here for more details.

Ontario Centres of Excellence

Building on the success of the theme Better Care Closer to Home, a third round of funding to address the following issues is now open:
  • Client and Care Team Communication - Solutions that change how clients and caregivers communicate with their care team
  • Continuity of Care Providers - Solutions that improve logistics and routing to allow home and community care providers to better match staff skills, competencies and availability with client needs
  • Support Clients to Live Independently - Solutions that enable older adults and home care clients to age in place and live independently
Deadline to apply is May 7th, 2018. For more information click here.

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