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Centre for Studies in Aging and Health,
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and our Collaborators

February 2018
Dear Colleagues,
February has long been celebrated as a month of romance so this month we focused our attention on issues related to sexuality and older adults and have  developed a reading list of open source resources, "Sexuality and Sexual Health of 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)

The Ontario Age-Friendly Community Outreach Program recently hosted a webinar presented by Raza Mirza and Sander Hitzig entitled "A Case-Example of Developing an Age-Friendly Action Plan for Addressing Social Isolation in Older Chinese Adults". To view the recording and access the webinar recording package click here.

Alzheimer Society of Ontario

The Alzheimer Society of Toronto in collaboration with Hospice Palliative Care Ontario are facilitating two " Dementia and Palliative Care Training" workshops in February for PSWs and/or front-line Health Care Providers. To learn more click here.


Baycrest recently shared information about the TELUS Health Brain Project.This is a large-scale outdoor exhibit that brings brain health, art and imagination to Toronto. 2018 will be the third year of the project and proceeds go to support Baycrest. To learn more click here.

Baycrest presents the 2018 Rotman Research Institute Conference:

brainX change

Changing Culture through Relationships
The brainXchange is working with partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance, the Alzheimer Society of Canada and Extendicare Canada to to support culture change in dementia care. This project began in 2016 and brings together stakeholders working within the long-term care sector, educators and an interdisciplinary team of researchers to create a unique curriculum for health care providers across a variety of settings with the objective of exploring and implementing the principles of Relational Caring.  The Relational Caring Learning Series will continue to be developed and tested over the next year.  Once the materials are finalized they will be available for use in organizations across the country.

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF)

ONF in partnership with Rick Hansen Institute has funded two new Team grants. Developed by the Ontario Spinal Cord Injury Network (OSCIRN) this grant initiative facilitate building teams focused on spinal cord injury research and implementation projects in Ontario. For more information click here.

Senior Friendly Care 

In the January edition of the Senior Friendly Care
newsletter they shared that Wednesday March 14, 2018
will be the second annual World Delirium Awareness Day.
This year's theme is Delirium Prevention.

If you are interested in learning more about WDAD and / or hosting an event at your institution, check out iDelirium's website Please participate and encourage others to follow, tag, tweet and retweet their twitter feed on @iDelirium_Aware. For more information contact

Monthly Reading List

This month we turn our attention to issues surrounding physical intimacy and older adults. We have developed a reading list which provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to sexuality and the sexual health of older adults. Topics covered include: sexually transmitted infections, sex education, sexuality, sexuality and health equity and sexuality and dementia.

Upcoming National, Provincial and Regional Events

Feb 1
Social Determinants of Health - Accredited Online Event
Feb 2
2018 Traumatic Brain Injury Conference
Feb 6
Feb 7 Exploring Appropriate Approaches to Dementia Care for Indigenous Communities in Canada
Feb 7
Multiple Moves Through the Health System: Using big Data and Lived Experience to Understand and Change
Feb 7
Engaging Planners as Livable Communities Allies
Feb 11-14
Active Living Research Conference 2018
Feb 14 An Ounce of Prevention: Intensive Resistance Training to Optimize Health in Pre-Frail Older Adults
Feb 20
Feb 22
BACK me up! An Anatomical Review of the Spinal Elements Which Contribute to, and the Rehabilitation of, Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures and Hyperkyphosis
Feb 22
Person-Centred Language in Responsive Behaviours
Feb 28 The eDosette Study: Optimizing Medication Use and Safety in Community Dwelling Seniors
Mar 2-Apr 6
Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum
Mar 5-6
Walk with Me 2018
Mar 7
Rural Aging Research: Insights from the Frontiers of Gerontology
Mar 13
Mar 19-21 2018 Rotman Research Institute Conference -Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion 
Mar 21-24
Rainbow Health Ontario Conference
Mar 24-25
Bone Fit Workshops
Mar 26
Protein and Vitamin K
Mar 26-28
Mar 27-28
Healthy Canada Conference 2018: Personalized Health and Wellness
Apr 9-11
Together We Care 2018
Apr 17-19
Asset-Based Community Development for Healthy Neighbourhoods
Apr 19-21
Advances in Care:From the Individual to the Technology
Apr 25
Geriatrics 2018
Apr 30-May 1
National Institute on Ageing - Annual Conference
May 13-16
Canadian Association for Neuroscience - 12th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting
May 14-18
International Making Cities Livable 55th Conference
May 17
5th Annual PERFORM Centre Research Conference: Technology and Health
May 24-26
Indigenous Health Conference - Walking Together
May 25
Empowering Older Adults: Opportunities & Possibilities
May 29-31

CIHR Institute of Aging

The CIHR Institute of Aging (IA) will provide funding for applications that are determined to be relevant to its strategic research priorities:
  • The life course as a determinant of active and satisfying aging
  • Adding life to the late years
  • Interventions appropriate to the complexity of older people's state of health
  • Health care and services that combine and integrate continuity, innovation and efficiency
  • Ensuring the conditions for a positive impact on older people's health and wellness


Registration Deadline:  February 6, 2018

Application Deadline: March 6, 201

Click here for more details.

Weston Brain Institute (WBI)

Transformational Research: Canada 2018 Program
  • WBI is looking to fund transformative, novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects with excellent preliminary data.
  • The goal of this program is to accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

Letter of Intent Deadline EXTENDED TO:  February 15, 2018 at 2pm EST

Click here for more details.


2018 Strategic Investment Program (SIP) Accelerator Funding

AGE-WELL is launching  a new funding program to support innovative post-discovery projects focused on the commercialization and/or knowledge mobilization of solutions (e.g. technologies, services or policies) aligned with their mission and vision.  They aim to help older Canadians maintain their independence, health and quality of life through technologies and services that increase their safety and security, support their independent living, and enhance their social participation.

Application Deadline:  March 2, 2018 at 5pm EST

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.

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