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

June 2018
Dear Colleagues,
In celebration of Seniors' Month in Ontario we invite you to help spread to word by sharing these english and french posters and the new website

This month we have developed a reading list of open source resources entitled " Aging, Technology & Gerontechnology" to help raise awareness of ways technology can support our aging population.

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) Report on Health and Aging in Canada was released in May and presents key findings on physical, mental, and social aspects of aging using data collected from 50,000 Canadians aged 45-85. To learn more click here.

Recently CorHealth Ontario and ICES released the " Ontario Stroke Evaluation Report 2018: Stroke Care and Outcomes in Complex Continuing Care and Long-Term Care" and an associate  infographic which sheds light on the care needs of this population.To learn more click here.

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SHKN, CSAH Team and Partners

Ontario Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) Outreach Program

We invite you to join us for our upcoming webinars on alternative housing models for older adults on Thurs. June 14th from 1-2 EST entitled " Taking Charge: New Models for Aging in Place, Designed by Seniors, for Seniors" with presenter Jen Recknagel of UHN OpenLab. Register here. The second webinar in this series will be on Thurs. June 28th from 1-2pm EST, " Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities - the OASIS Model". Register here.

Alzheimer Society of Ontario (ASO)

On May 17th, ASO's Felicia White presented a webinar in partnership with the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) Outreach Program entitled "Building a Stronger More Inclusive Ontario Part 1: Understanding the link between Age Friendly and Dementia Friendly Communities". Click here to watch a recording of this presentation. Learn more at Dementia Friendly Communities Ontario and help spread the word by sharing this poster.

Want to get involved or learn more? Connect with your local Alzheimer Society or contact Felicia White, Manager of Program and Volunteer Development, Alzheimer Society of Ontario.


Baycrest is offering a Memory & Aging Program Train the Trainer Workshop for clinicians on Monday, June 11th. The program focuses on optimizing cognitive health through lifestyle enhancement and memory training. During this workshop, participants will learn about memory changes associated with normal aging, factors affecting memory, evidence-based memory strategies, the session-by-session program protocol, and outcomes for program participants.To learn more click here.

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On June 5th join Dr. Gary Naglie and Dr. Mark Rapoport for a webinar entitled "Supporting Persons With Dementia Face the Decision and Effects of Hanging up the Keys"  as they will discuss how healthcare/service providers can address the issue of driving in persons with dementia, including their current research on the Driving Cessation in Dementia Framework and Toolkit (DCD-FT), which they and their team have been developing to support this group. Register here.

Centre for Studies in Aging & Health

On May 25th the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health hosted " Empowering Older Adults: Opportunities & Possibilities". Copies of the conference presentation slides are available here.

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) 

ONF recently released the new Concussion Handbook for patients and families. This user-friendly booklet is derived from the evidence-based standards of post-concussion care. The handbook can be used as a guide for patients and families of any age to find the right care, at the right time, from the right provider. The handbook is intended to help someone through journey of concussion. 

ONF is also proud to be a sponsor of the 4th Canadian Fall Prevention Conference in St. John's, Newfoundland on June 11-12. Keynote speakers include Dr. Dawn Skelton and Dr. Alex Mihailidis. Register here.

RGPs of Ontario

The RGPs of Ontario recently held their annual education day entitled "Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment: Framing Patients' Needs and Finding Team-based Solutions". Presentations will be available here.

Senior Friendly Care (sfC) 

In May, sfCare shared news of a pilot study recently conducted to determine if using the EMPOWER patient education brochure would lead to a reduction of inappropriate sedatives among hospitalized older adults. To learn more about this study and the sfCare Framework click here.

Monthly Reading List

This month's reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources on aging, technology and gerontechnology. Themes include:
  • user perspectives and preferences
  • adoption
  • use to support function
  • use to support aging in place
  • use to support persons with cognitive impairment and dementia
  • use to support informal caregivers
  • issues around access and equity

Upcoming National, Provincial and Regional Events

Canadian Medical Association (CMA)

The CMA in partnership with the CMA Foundation, is committed to supporting innovative, grassroots health initiatives.  The theme for this years' grant is seniors' wellness. Examples of initiatives that fit within this theme are:
  • exercise programs geared toward seniors
  • programs to help seniors remain in their homes
  • social programs aimed at getting seniors active in the community
  • transportation programs
  • friendly visits for socially isolated seniors
  • programs for seniors' residences and nursing homes
  • respite programs for families caring for seniors

Applicants must be a registered charity in Canada and all applications must be accompanied by a letter of support from a local physician endorsing the proposal. Click here for more information to to start your application.  

Application Deadline is June 22, 2018 .

Health Canada

  • advance care planning
  • person and family-centred care
  • access issues
  • special populations
  • health care provider training and supports
  • caregiver needs
  • community engagement
Join the online discussion  here.

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF)

Call for Letters of Intent
ONF in partnership with Rick Hansen Institute has announced new funding opportunities in areas of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) research focused on three key SCI health issues, urohealth, neuropathic pain and pressure ulcers.
The guidelines for submitting a Letter of Intent are available  here .

Application Deadline is July 1, 2018

2018 Understanding the Health Impact of Inactivity Funding Opportunity  

A new funding opportunity is available in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency and the CIHR Institutes of Aging (IA), Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), and Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA). This opportunity is to support an inactivity study including a countermeasure intervention study involving older adults (55-65) for which all basic infrastructure costs, including standardized measurements on participants. For more information click  here .

Registration Deadline is July 24, 2018

Public Health Agency of Canada

  • healthy living and healthy weights through a primary prevention intervention that includes a set of coordinated activities to enable and change behaviour that will positively impact health; and
  • address at least one of the common risk factors (i.e. physical inactivity and/or sedentary behaviour, unhealthy eating and smoking) and positively impact health. Interventions must be targeted at a specific population and/or setting and define outcomes in a way that is measurable.
Learn more about this opportunity  here.

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