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Centre for Studies in Aging and Health,
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November 2019
Dear Colleagues,

November is Fall Prevention Month and we all have a role to play!  To support those who study or provide care to older adults we have developed a reading list to better understand ways we can prevent and manage falls among older persons entitled Falls & Older Adults.

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SHKN, CSAH Team and Partners
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Monthly Reading List
Falls & Older Adults
This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources including considerations regarding:
  • balance training
  • cognition
  • dementia
  • diabetes
  • fear of falling
  • mental health
  • multiple sclerosis
  • nutrition
  • obesity
  • orthostatic hypotension
  • Parkinson's disease
  • stroke
  • traumatic brain injury
November is Fall Prevention Month
In this blog post, Marguerite Oberle Thomas, RN., BScN., from the Fall Prevention Community of Practice discusses the recent Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) statistics on seniors’ falls and the importance of promoting Fall Prevention Month.
Upcoming National, Provincial and Regional Events
Nov 5    Nov 6  Nov 7   Nov 7-10    Nov 8   Nov 8-9   Nov 12 Nov 12-14 Nov 14 Nov 14-15  Nov 19 Nov 20 Nov 22 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 27-29   Nov 28 Nov 29 Dec 11
Healthy Cities Research Training Platform
This funding opportunity seeks to fund the development of an interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral training initiative that will generate cutting-edge knowledge and build capacity for implementation science and solutions-based research. This platform is expected to leverage and compliment other components of the Healthy Cities Research Initiative. To learn more about this opportunity click here.

Letter of Intent deadline: December 10, 2019
5th National Fall Prevention Conference
Call For Abstracts
The  purpose of this conference is to bring together people from across Canada and around the world to share research excellence, clinical advances, innovative community practices and policy innovations in fall and fall-related injury prevention across the lifespan and across the continuum of care. This call for abstracts is for poster presentations, oral presentations and workshop/symposium presenters. 
For more information click here.

Submissions due January 12, 2020
Public Health Agency of Canada
Multi-sectoral Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease
The Integrated Strategy on Healthy Living and Chronic Disease (ISHLCD) provides a policy framework for the federal government to promote the health of Canadians and reduce the impact of chronic disease in Canada. Projects to be funded must include a focus on the following priority areas:
  • 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 applicable to a number of chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease).
For more information click here.

Letter of Intent review period  is now open.
Weston Brain Institute
Early Phase Clinical Trials: Canada
Funding (up to $1.5m for up to 4 years) for clinical trials and/or clinical trial sub-studies with excellent preliminary data.

This program accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applicants may submit an LOI at any time and will be notified of whether to prepare a full Proposal within 2 months of LOI submission. Learn more here.

Weston Brain Institute Follow-on Funding
Funding (up to  $1.5m) to grantees outside the regular granting mechanisms in order to avoid delays in supporting exciting, potentially high-reward work based on previous success for grants awarded by the Weston Brain Institute. 

This program accepts applications on a rolling basis. Institute grantees may submit a 1-2 page project description at any time and will be notified of whether to prepare a full Proposal within ~2 months of submission. Learn more here.
Join AGE-WELL researcher Dr. Janet Fast, Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta, on November 7, 2019 at 1 PM ET for a webinar on Supporting People who Juggle Work and Caregiving: Challenges and Solutions. Sign up for this webinar here.
Click here to learn about the new #SeePainMoreClearly campaign to improve quality of life for people with severe dementia who live in long-term care. #SeePainMoreClearly includes a video and a website with information and resources.
Please visit the conference website for the complete program and event information.
If you have any questions, please direct inquiries to
Behavioural Supports Ontario
The Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Provincial Coordinating Office (PCO) is honoured to share BSO’s 2018-2019 Annual Report.
The BSO PCO expresses sincere gratitude to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care, BSO Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Leads and BSO Clinical Strategy Leads who guide and leverage the BSO initiative in each respective regions; thus contributing immensely to this annual report. They also wish to acknowledge the support of their partner organizations across Ontario, including their host organization, the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC).
Sneak peeks included throughout the report unveil another exciting year carrying the positive momentum for the BSO initiative into 2019-20.  As always, the BSO family remains firmly committed to advancing the BSO initiative, guided by those with lived experience and immersed in their themes of impact, innovation and integration.
The final report may be found on the following websites:
Behavioural Supports Ontario
Should you wish to comment, please do not hesitate to connect with the Provincial Coordinating Office at
Cannabis and Dementia: Weeding out the Evidence
November 6, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join Dr. Krista L. Lanctôt as she discusses the use of cannabinoids as a therapeutic intervention in dementia, particularly for agitation. By the end of the presentation participants will be aware that:
  • agitation is a common and persistent symptom in thos with Alzheimer's disease
  • current pharmacotherapies have modest efficacy and/or poor safety
  • there is a pharmacologic rationale for use of cannabinoids
  • limited literature has evaluated the efficacy of THC and related compounds for agitation
  • a pilot study of cannabinoid for agitation has recently been completed
Register here.
Home Sensors to Assess Memory Loss
November 20, 2019 from 2-4PM at The Good Companions Seniors' Centre, Ottawa. Join presenter Neil Thomas, MD, of the Bruyère Memory Program, presents on his research about data, technology, and how sensors can help support people with dementia. To learn more or to register click here.
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging at Western University
The Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging at Western University continues to develop its peer-reviewed funded database to capture annual functional fitness data and data from modifiable risk factors for dementia from its over 400 older adult member participants. The research-based system, called HAroLD (Healthy Active Living Database), will be used by staff at the CCAA and by those at many CCAA-affiliated sites across Canada. HAroLD will hold functional fitness data (e.g., cardiovascular endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility, etc.), measures from annual vision, hearing and cognitive screenings, and eight evidence-informed modifiable risk factors for dementia. HAroLD is intended for novel research studies and program evaluations.

Learn more about the
 Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging
2019/2020 Seminar Series
This series creates the opportunity for the exchange of ideas and stimulates discussion amongst associate researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students, community members and older people. This year's theme is "Aging: Representation and Disparity". To see the full list of seminars, click here.

November 28th from 1-2PM 
Pedagogical Approaches to Disrupt Normativity in Gerontology: A Focus on LGBTQ+ Aging
Kimberly Wilson, Assistant Professor, University of Guelph
Institute for Life Course & Aging
2019-2020 Institute Workshops
Check out this brochure with details about the upcoming 4-week online workshops listed below.

Feb: End-of-Life Interventions for Palliative Individuals and Their Families
Mid-Feb: CBT for Anxiety Disorders Among Older Adults
Mar: Developing Age-Inclusive Approaches
Mid-Mar: Innovative Evidence-Based Strategies for Supporting Family Caregivers of Older Adults 
Apr: Developing Competence in LGBTQ Affirming Care
Mid-Apr: Distressing and Harmful Resident-to-Resident Interactions in Dementia in LTC Homes
May: Dementia and Technology
Ontario Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) Outreach Program
The Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program will be hosting Bonnie Schroeder (The Council on Aging of Ottawa) and Pat Spadafora (Hamilton Council on Aging) on November 20th from 12-1 PM EST for the webinar presentation "To Everything There is a Season: Reflections from Hamilton and Ottawa on Sustaining Social Inclusion Initiatives in the Community”. For more information and registration, please click here
Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care
Negotiating Autonomy and Risk: A Relational Approach
Dr. Allen Power, Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation, will address the sensitive issues around balancing choice versus risk for people living with dementia. For those who support people living with dementia and those in leadership roles in long-term care. November 26, 2019; 12:00- 1:00 p.m. | Register today!
Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF)
Fall Prevention Month is here! Consult the Fall Prevention Month website for a host of free bilingual resources to help you promote your own fall prevention activities for adults, older adults and/or children. You will find easily downloadable promotional resources, including (but not limited to): a social media guide, ready-to-share social posts, social media graphics, media relations tips and templates, and build-your-own postcards and posters. To stay updated with tips to prepare for Fall Prevention Month, sign-up for the Fall Prevention Month newsletter at
Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy
Bonefit is an evidence-informed exercise training workshop, designed for healthcare professions and exercise specialists to provide training on the most appropriate, safe and effective methods to prescribe and progress exercise for people with osteoporosis. To see the full listing of upcoming workshops visit
Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario
The Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario (RGPO) and six project partners from across the province have launched new educational resources for caregivers who are providing care and support for seniors living with frailty. These resources were designed by caregivers and health care experts to improve the skills, knowledge, and confidence of family member and friend caregivers.

Caregiving Strategies consists of:
  • A FREE online course
  • The Caregiving Strategies Handbook
  • Tools, tips and links to great resources
To access Caregiving Strategies, please visit:
Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto
InterRAI Home Care Assessments: Now That We Can Finally See Them, Here is How to Make the Most of Them in Your Clinical Decision Making
November 5, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. This webinar hosted by Dr. Samir Sinha, a Canadian InterRAI Fellow is inteded to help you to understand where to find InterRAI assessments and how to effectively interpret them to better inform the care you want and need to provide. To learn more or register click here.
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA)
LIVING the Dementia Journey: Train-the-Trainer Workshop
LIVING the Dementia Journey is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. The interactive, 3-day Train-the-Trainer workshop is designed for team members of organizations that are interested in building capacity to train and support their entire teams. Learn more and register for the next session, November 27 – 29 in Waterloo, ON.
SE Research Centre
Selecting Slip Resistant Winter Footwear for Personal Support Workers
Slip and fall incidents are the leading cause of occupational injuries for workers exposed to outdoor winter conditions. With funding support from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, researchers at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) identified which winter footwear is most slip-resistant ( Then, TRI and the SE Research Centre partnered to discover whether using the top-rated footwear would actually reduce slip and fall injuries for home care Personal Support Workers (PSWs). Using this footwear, PSWs reported three times fewer slips and five times fewer falls over an eight week period. For more information, click here to read our recent publication.
Trent Centre for Aging & Society
The Trent Centre for Aging & Society is pleased to invite you to the TJAS Journal Club on November 14 from 3-4:30pm at Alumni House, Trent University. The article to be discussed is "I'm G-Mom On the Phone': Remote grandmothering, cellphones, and inter-generational dis/connections" by Sawchuk and Crow (2012). Contact Albana Stafa with questions or to register: View the poster here.
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