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

October 2018
Dear Colleagues,

In recognition of World Arthritis Day on October 12th we have created a reading list of open source resources entitled  "Arthritis & the Older Adult."

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SHKN, CSAH Team and Partners


Eight finalists have been announced in the AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge, which aims to identify great new ideas for technology-based solutions that will improve the quality of life of older Canadians and/or their caregivers. Read more. The grand finale will take place at the 4th AGE-WELL Annual Conference, being held Oct. 16-18, in Vancouver.

Check out these great new videos about AGE-WELL's EPIC training program (Early Professionals, Inspired Careers) and some of the network's amazing trainees.

Alzheimer Society of Ontario (ASO)

The Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia is a landmark Charter that is the culmination of over a year's work by the Canadian Alzheimer Society's Advisory Group of people with dementia, whose members represent different walks of life from across the country.

The Charter defines seven explicit rights to empower Canadians living with dementia to self-advocate, while also ensuring that the people and organizations that support them know and protect their rights.To read the chart click here.



Upcoming Goal Management Training® (GMT) Trainer Workshop
Thursday December 13, 2018 from 9:30am-5:00pm at Baycrest Health Sciences (3560 Bathurst St., Toronto) and remote attendance will be available via GoToWebinar. 
You can register and find more  information  here.
GMT is an evidence-based cognitive intervention for executive functioning deficits that is effective in clinical populations including traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury (e.g., stroke), and various neurological conditions. GMT is extensively validated and supported by a recently published  meta-analysis

brainX change

On September 13th, brainxchange  with the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Canadian Consortium of Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) partnered to offer a KTE webinar featuring Dr. Carmela Tartaglia's presentation "Behavioural Variant Frontotemporal Dementia." To view a recording of this webinar click here,

Bruyère Research Institute

Bruyère recently launched a  New Digital Health Website for Innovation and Collaboration,, for showcasing the digital health initiatives being researched and evaluated at the Bruyère Research Institute. The website profiles a number of innovations being developed and tested to help support the health and independence of our aging population. Follow the link to learn more about our work in smart sensor technology, big data, cognitive games, and more.

The Bruyère Digital Health website is also the Institute's portal for industry collaboration. Click here to find out how you can partner with Bruyère to develop and test your technologies in a complex healthcare environment.

Centre for Studies in Aging & Health 

Tuesday October 16th from 1-2pm EST join our next Research & Innovation in Aging Forum (RIAF) featuring presenter Lisa Carver of Queen's University as she presents " Aging, Technology & Privacy." Register here.

Institute for Life Course & Aging

Lots of  upcoming opportunities to learn and improve practice through online workshops and emerging scholars research seminar series.  Click the links to explore the options.

National Institute on Ageing (NIA)

In September, NIA in collaboration with the Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) released " We Can't Address What We Don't Measure Consistently: Building Consensus on Frailty in Canada." This report urges the research and health communities to come to consensus on a common definition of frailty. Read the report here.

Ontario Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) Outreach Program

Throughout Canada, October 1 is known as National Seniors Day. We hope you take some time today to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions seniors make within your community, whether through planned events or simple words of thanks to the older adults in your own life.

Ontario Community Support Association 

Community Connect 2018, OCSA Conference, October 17-18th
Immerse yourself in an environment of innovation, discovery and leading-edge thinking.This year's conference is an exceptional opportunity to connect with home care, independent living and community support service trailblazers - and network with thought leaders across various sectors and industries. Learn the latest about the big-picture systems drivers that impact our sector, engage with enterprising spirits who are re-imagining service delivery, and learn practical solutions to solve some of your most pressing operational concerns. Learn more and register here.

Capacity Builders PSW Training Day, October 16th
This one-day event is Ontario's most effective, efficient and affordable way for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) to receive up-to-date knowledge and skills in some of the most in-demand training areas.  This training is designed specifically for the professional development of personal support staff in home care, long term care, community care, hospitals and supportive housing.  Last year, 98% of attendees agreed that what they learned during the training day would help them do their jobs better.  Register today!

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

The Fall Prevention Community of Practice celebrated its online communication platform Loop's 3rd birthday last month!

Loop is a place where fall prevention practitioners connect. Members can ask each other questions, provide answers, share practice knowledge and information, network with each other, collaborate on projects and share events and re
Some notable accomplishments over the past three years:
  • a growing community of over 2,300 members
  • the annual Fall Prevention Month campaign
  • launching the online community of practice for children's falls, Loop Junior this year
Happy Birthday, Loop members!
Not yet a member? Register for free:  

Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy

Beyond the Break webinars are geared towards health professionals to better manage diagnosis, treatment and care for people living with osteoporosis. The online virtual learning modules also help facilitate the application and implementation of best practices in prevention, appropriate diagnostic and fracture risk assessment tools, treatment & management of osteoporotic fractures. View the Beyond the Break calendar here.

Register for the next webinar entitled "Ostéoporose: qui traiter?" with Dr. Marie-Claude Audet on Oct. 18th from 11:30am-1:15pm EDT.  Complete a registration form here to receive monthly updates directly.

Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto  

Register now for the 2018 GEM Conference
Specialized Geriatric Nursing Services and Senior Friendly Care: catching up, keeping up, and leading the way in a changing era

We invite you to attend our 14th Annual Geriatric Emergency Management (GEM) Conference, on October 10, 2018. 
This conference will be of interest to clinicians, administrators, and planners in acute care hospitals, public health and community services and long-term care.
For conference details, including registration, please click here for the conference brochure.

Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA)

LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. It was created in collaboration with people living with dementia and their care partners. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it. To learn more about the program and training opportunities, click  here.

SE Research Centre

The Reflection Room is a research project led by the SE Research Centre at SE Health that leverages the power of storytelling, shared experiences, and human-centred design to engage people in thinking and talking about dying and grief. Building on previous research in spiritual care, this project looks to create an immersive experience and space for reflection. We propose that providing places for shared storytelling might trigger more thinking, and break through the social complexity that can be a barrier to discussing death.

The SE Research Centre is looking for public or healthcare organizations and spaces to host month-long, art gallery inspired versions of The Reflection Room. If you are interested in bringing The Reflection Room to your community or organization, you can submit an application form found  at

You can learn more about the project on our website .

Trent Centre for Aging & Society

Late Life Homelessness: Aging on the streets, in shelters, and long term care. All are invited to the second annual Stephen Katz Lecture in Interdisciplinary Aging Studies with our esteemed guest,  Dr. Amanda Grenier. Dr. Grenier will discuss the results of her four-year ethnographic study on homelessness in Montreal, Quebec. The Lecture will take place at 5:30 pm on October 10th, 2018 at Bagnani Hall, Traill College, Trent University (310 London St., Peterborough, ON). Light refreshments will be served at this free event. Kindly RSVP to or by calling (705) 748-1011 x 6440.

Monthly Reading List

This month's reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources regarding arthritis and older adults. Topics include:
  • risk factors
  • disease impact and burden
  • comorbidity
  • non-pharmacological therapies
  • research

Upcoming National, Provincial and Regional Events

Oct 1-4
Community Change Festival
Oct 2-5
22nd International Congress on Palliative Care
Oct 3
MS and Medical Cannabis: A Treatment Approach
Oct 10
GEM 2018 Geriatric Emergency Management Conference
Oct 10
Late Life Homelessness: Aging on the Streets, in Shelters and Long Term Care
Oct 11-12
LIVING the Dementia Journey
Oct 15-Nov 11
Introduction to Grief Intervention Over the Life Course
Oct 16
Documenting Sexually Responsive Behaviour: Language has Meaning
Oct 16
Research and Innovation in Aging Forum: Aging, Technology & Privacy
Oct 16
Capacity Builders PSW Training Day - 2018
Oct 16-18
AGE-WELL Annual Conference
Oct 17-18
OSCA 2018 Conference
Oct 17-20
11th Annual World Stroke Congress
Oct 18
Ostéoporose: qui traiter?
Oct 18
Goal Management Training Workshop
Oct 18-20
CAG 2018
Oct 18-19
Brain Injury Canada National Conference
Oct 24-26
Palliative Care for All: Striving for Equity
Oct 29 - Nov 25
Solution Focused Therapy with Older Adults: A Competency Based and Relational Approach
Oct 30
2018 Ottawa Quality & Patient Safety Conference - Innovation to Improve Quality & Safety for the Frail Across Care Settings
Oct 31
Medical Cannabis - The Essentials for Palliative Care
Nov 1
LIVING the Dementia Journey
Nov 1
2018 Access & Restore Virtual Forum
Nov 2
Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario - AGM
Nov 3
Osteoporosis Updates & Controversies
Nov 8
Reducing the Risk for Falls in Later Life: It Takes a Village
Nov 8 

The Relationship Between Language and Memory in Discourse of Patients With Fronto-Temporal Dementia (Specifically Primary Progressive Aphasia) and Mild Cognitive Impairment
Nov 13
Food as Medicine 2018 Update: What to Tell Your Patients About Diet and Chronic Disease Prevention
Nov 14-16
This is Long Term Care 2018 Conference: Disrupting the Norm
Nov 15
Post Fall - Preventing Future Falls. A Look at Process - Everyone's Responsibility 
Nov 16
Step Ahead to Fall Prevention in Older Adults
Nov 21
A National Comparison of Intensity of End-of-Life Care in Canada: Defining Changing Patterns, Risk Factors and Targets for Intervention
Nov 22
The Importance of Sleep in Maintaining Memory and Brain Health in Postmenopausal Women
Nov 22
Health Promotion Ontario Annual Conference 2018
Nov 23
Innovations in Balance, Mobility and Fitness: The Link to Clinical Practice
Nov 29
Environmental Design, Biomechanical Analysis of Human Motion, and Fall Prevention, With a Focus on Aging
Nov 30
Preventing Falls for Patients With Neurological Impairment: One Step at a Time

Weston Brain Institute

Seed funding (up to $200,000 over up to 18 months) for novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects on neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Preliminary data is not required. Cycles of this program will run back-to-back going forward.  Alzheimer's & Related Diseases (AD, FTD, MCI, and vascular contributions and prodromes to the listed diseases)

LOI deadline: December 3, 2018
Award announcement: May 2019

Transformational Research: Canada 2019 
Funding (up to $1,500,000 over up to 3 years) to fund transformative, novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects on neurodegenerative diseases of aging, with excellent preliminary data. Cycles of this program will run back-to-back going forward.
Alzheimer's & Related Diseases (AD, FTD, MCI, and vascular contributions and prodromes to the listed diseases)
LOI deadline: December 3, 2018
Award announcement: May 2019

Information Webinar: October 16th, 2018 from 1-2pm EDT. Register here.

Researchers, writers and scholars from all disciplines and in all stages of their careers are invited to submit proposals for panels, papers and posters that offer diverse approaches to gerontology and critical aging studies. For more information please click here.

Submission deadlines are November 1, 2018.


The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) is committed to working together with brain health-related organizations in order to increase the capacity of their work in Ontario. OBI's Event Funding Program provides financial assistance of up to $5,000 for events that are aligned with our goal of improving brain health and wellness for Ontarians. The program especially looks to support events that embody OBI's principles of integration and collaboration. For more details click here.

Application Deadline is December 14, 2018 

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