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Centre for Studies in Aging and Health,
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September 2018
Dear Colleagues,

In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th we have created a reading list of open source resources entitled " Suicide & the Older Adult ."

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SHKN, CSAH Team and Partners


AGE-WELL will be holding its 4th Annual Conference, Innovation in Action, in Vancouver, BC on October 16 - 18, 2018, as a pre-conference event to CAG2018. AGE-WELL 2018 will showcase a multidisciplinary program of research and innovation from across the AGE-WELL network. Learn more and register here.

Did you know AGE-WELL recently announced 11 new technology and aging research projects receiving grants totalling over $500,000 through the AGE-WELL Catalyst Program? Find out more here.

Alzheimer Society of Ontario (ASO)

In July, Dr. Krista Lanctôt discussed cannabis legislation and what that means for people with dementia in a blog post entitled " Clearing the air about Cannabis and Dementia." Her work investigates the use of cannabinoids in reducing agitation and behavioural symptoms of dementia.To read the blog click here.

Aphasia Institute 

The Aphasia Institute is excited to announce that Ontario is on its way to leading patient-centred stroke and aphasia care! With the Ontario Ministry of Health's generous support of $1.2 million over three years, key internationally recognized tools and training developed by the Aphasia Institute will be free in Ontario. To learn more click here.


The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation powered by Baycrest recently debuted their "Community of Innovation" podcast. The show featured a lively and informative discussion about the practice of innovation. The first episode focuses on the ethics of innovation and features insights from Roshan  Guna, Baycrest's Manager of Research Ethics & Participation. Listen to the episode here.


Upcoming Goal Management Training® (GMT) Trainer Workshop
Thursday October 18, 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

The brainxchange in collaboration with Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) recently announced the release of the "Providing Person & Family-Centred Care within BSTUs: The Critical Elements" report. 

The report highlights emerging and best practices taking place within Behavioural Support Transition Units (BSTU).You are invited to provide feedback to the discussion forum on the report here

Bruyère Research Institute

Learn about an example of the life changing research that is happening at Bruyère in this video with Lisa Sheehy, a physiotherapist and post-doctoral fellow. She is currently researching virtual reality as a means to encourage mobility in rehabilitation patients.

Centre for Studies in Aging & Health 

SAVE THE DATE! Our next Research & Innovation in Aging Forum (RIAF) will be on Tuesday October 16th from 1-2pm EST featuring presenter Lisa Carver of Queen's University as she presented " Aging, Technology & Privacy." Register here.

Ontario Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) Outreach Program

Check out these great new infographics to support AFC initiatives. " Grant Writing Tips" and " Designing an Information Guide for Older Adults." Your feedback is welcomed and we encourage you to share these with your networks.

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

ONF would like to remind you that November is Fall Prevention Month. Lets come together and coordinate fall prevention efforts for a larger impact. Now in it's fourth year, the Fall Prevention Partners are launching the campaign with an updated   FPM toolkit that  is ready and available to support your activities.

The motto says it all "It takes a community to prevent a fall: We all have a role to play". Learn more by checking out the toolkit and by joining the Fall Prevention Community of Practice and checking out the Loop website. Stay connected!
Follow us on Twitter @fallpreventCA | #PreventFalls2018 | #PreventChildFalls2018
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Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy

An updated version of the osteoporosis and falls assessment tool is currently available on the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy website in PDF as well as for Telus (PS Suite) EMR users. A demo on how to use with tool was broadcast via webinar in August. A recording of the webinar will soon be posted on To access the tool click here.

Register for the next Bone Matters webinar on "Osteoporosis & Yoga" with Dr. Caitlin McArthur on Sept. 13th from 1-2 pm.

Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto  

If you missed Dr. Katherine Krause and Dr. Mauli Mehta's webinar presentation "Clinical Screening in the Geriatric Population," the recording is now available here.  

Register today for the next webinar, "Introduction to the Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) Tool" by Dr. Bonnie Purcell on Sept. 14th from 12-1pm.  

For more news and resources check out the latest edition of the Senior Friendly Care Newsletter.

Monthly Reading List

This month's reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to suicide risk facts, screening tools and preventative strategies. Themes include:
  • anti-depressant usage and suicide risk
  • mental and medical health issues and suicide risk
  • screening and assessment in variety of sectors
  • promoting emotional health
  • dementia and suicidal behaviour

Upcoming National, Provincial and Regional Events

Sept 11
Improving Quality of Life - Substance Use and Aging
Sept 12-14
Linking Data - Improving Lives
Sept 12
Better Strength, Better Balance! Partnering to Deliver a Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults
Sept 13
Behavioural Variant Frontotemporal Dementia
Sept 13
Osteoporosis & Yoga
Sept 14
Introduction to the Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) Tool
Sept 15-Oct 21
Bone Fit
Sept 20
Drug-Induced Osteoporosis
Sept 20
The Importance of Resident Engagement
Sept 20-21
Improving Frailty Care Benefits Everyone
Sept 21-Oct 26
Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum
Sept 25
Creating Abundant Community in Neighbourhoods
Sept 25
LIVING the Dementia Journey
Sept 25
Building Momentum - Your Role in Influencing Canada's National Codes and Preventing Falls in Homes
Sept 27
After Breast Cancer - Osteoporosis in Survivorship
Sept 27
End Falls this Fall 2018 Conference
Sept 30-Oct 3
CCNA Annual Events 2018
Oct 1-4
Community Change Festival
Oct 2-5
22nd International Congress on Palliative Care
Oct 11-12
LIVING the Dementia Journey
Oct 16
Research and Innovation in Aging Forum: Aging, Technology & Privacy
Oct 16-18
AGE-WELL Annual Conference
Oct 17-20
11th Annual World Stroke Congress
Oct 18-20
CAG 2018
Oct 18-19
Brain Injury Canada National Conference
Oct 24-26
Palliative Care for All: Striving for Equity
Oct 30
2018 Ottawa Quality & Patient Safety Conference - Innovation to Improve Quality & Safety for the Frail Across Care Settings
Nov 1
LIVING the Dementia Journey
Nov 2
Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario - AGM
Nov 8
Reducing the Risk for Falls in Later Life: It Takes a Village
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 23
Innovations in Balance, Mobility and Fitness: The Link to Clinical Practice

National Housing Strategy (NHS) Research and Planning Fund

The NHS Research and Planning fund provides support to not-for-profit organizations and registered charities undertaking housing research. The research goals must be consistent with the priority theme areas and populations such as  meeting the housing needs of vulnerable Canadians like seniors and veterans.  Click  here  for more information.

Overall program funding is $6.6 million with $600,000 available in 2018.

Application Deadline is September 17, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST

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.

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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