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Thorold Brain Wave Cafe 1:30 pm
Thorold Brain Wave Cafe @ Thorold Public Library
Nov 7 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
One of the most important things that you can do to promote brain health and live well despite cognitive change is to stay socially connected and active. It is also important to have a supportive network of family, friends, and service providers to draw upon when needed. The Brain Wave Café provides an opportunity for individuals concerned about cognitive change and dementia to learn about brain health and dementia, to ask questions, and to become familiar with community resources and supports. These cafés offer an informal place for people to meet up on a regular basis for a coffee, get information, share experiences and participate in ‘healthy brain’ activities within their local communities. Individuals living with cognitive change or dementia, care partners, family and friends are all welcome! This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Preventing Falls While Encouraging Outdoor Activity 12:00 pm
Preventing Falls While Encouraging Outdoor Activity @ Online
Nov 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
You probably know that older adults are at serious risk of a fall-related injury having a big negative impact on their lives. Many older adults avoid going outside in the winter because of a fear of falling and can become isolated and inactive. Both situations can trigger a downward spiral of negative health effects we want to avoid. You likely also know that slip-resistant footwear can prevent falls and encourage older adults to stay active in the winter. However, you may not know that it is difficult to select footwear that will perform well on icy surfaces. Our testing has shown that it is impossible to predict slip-resistance of footwear just by looking at them. Most footwear on the market today performs poorly on ice. In this webinar, the presenter will describe how we test footwear, what we have learned about preventing falls on ice as well as the results of a recent field study that showed we can reduce the risk of falls by a factor of at least three with the best footwear. Presenter: Tilak Dutta, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute This webinar is hosted by the Seniors Health Knowledge Network Fall Prevention Community of Practice.
Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults 12:30 pm
Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults @ Niagara Region Headquarters - Community Education Room
Nov 9 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
For the first time, there are more Canadians over the age of 65 than under the age of 15. Because Canadians are living longer, and our quality of life depends on staying physically active, developing and maintaining physical literacy can be the key to resilience – reducing the effects of falls, injuries, and illness. This half day workshop will introduce participants to a new training program designed to integrate physical literacy development into activity for older adults. The activities presented can be easily implemented by a recreation leader or health care worker. Workshop participants will be introduced to the concepts of physical literacy and encouraged to try activities that create durability. If you are a recreation leader, health care worker, exercise specialist or volunteer who care about the importance of quality programming for older adults please register for one of the free workshops offered below at Niagara Region Community Education Room, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold. Friday, October 26, 2018: 9:00 – 1:00 Friday, November 09, 2018 12:30 – 4:30 Monday, November 19, 2018 9:00 – 1:00 Monday, November 26, 2018 12:30 – 4:30 These workshops are hosted by Sport For Life Canada.
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Post-Fall: Preventing Future Falls 12:00 pm
Post-Fall: Preventing Future Falls @ Online
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This webinar will look at falls in the Long Term Care setting and more specifically residents who are experiencing consecutive falls. Residents in Long Term Care Homes are often complex, living with multiple co- morbidities that increase their risk for falling, i.e. weak, frail, living with chronic health conditions, pain, cognitive impairment, dizziness, etc. The emphasis of this webinar will look at identifying contributing risk factors holistically both pre fall to which sets the foundation of fall prevention and then expand to post fall and root cause of the resident, their fall incidents in their environment. This webinar will look at and discuss: On-going Resident Assessment Identifying individual fall risk factors. Care Planning and the development of action plans that outline specific interventions that can be implemented to reduce falls and/or injuries related to falls. With recognition that this is part of everything we do. It will look at post fall processes including post fall huddles (things to discuss), the use of data to support this work, communication (what needs to be communicated and to whom) and documentation with the entire team. This webinar is hosted by the Seniors Health Knowledge Network Fall Prevention Community of Practice.
Demystifying Dementia: Lessons from Research and Community Programming 6:45 pm
Demystifying Dementia: Lessons from Research and Community Programming @ Brock University - David S. Howes Theatre
Nov 15 @ 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm
You are invited to join this free talk as part of Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research’s and the Faculty of Applied Health Science’s community Speaker Series. Who: Anyone interested in learning more about dementia – General public, policy makers, organizations, educators, practitioners, etc. Parking is free for attendees in D-Lot, upon entering the Brock University campus, signs will direct you to the event parking in D Lot. Signage will also direct you from the parking lot to the David S. Howes Theatre. RSVP is required. Additional information: Are you or anyone in your family experiencing dementia? Does your organization work with individuals who have dementia? Are you interested in learning more about dementia and relevant prevention and intervention practices? Drs. Lynn McCleary and Colleen Whyte, Brock Professors and researchers, along with a panel of representatives from the community, will provide an overview of what dementia is and what is available in Niagara around prevention and intervention. Speakers will use their own research to explain key issues. This event is hosted by Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research.
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Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults 9:00 am
Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults @ Niagara Region Headquarters - Community Education Room
Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
For the first time, there are more Canadians over the age of 65 than under the age of 15. Because Canadians are living longer, and our quality of life depends on staying physically active, developing and maintaining physical literacy can be the key to resilience – reducing the effects of falls, injuries, and illness. This half day workshop will introduce participants to a new training program designed to integrate physical literacy development into activity for older adults. The activities presented can be easily implemented by a recreation leader or health care worker. Workshop participants will be introduced to the concepts of physical literacy and encouraged to try activities that create durability. If you are a recreation leader, health care worker, exercise specialist or volunteer who care about the importance of quality programming for older adults please register for one of the free workshops offered below at Niagara Region Community Education Room, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold. Friday, October 26, 2018: 9:00 – 1:00 Friday, November 09, 2018 12:30 – 4:30 Monday, November 19, 2018 9:00 – 1:00 Monday, November 26, 2018 12:30 – 4:30 These workshops are hosted by Sport For Life Canada.
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Turning Up the Heat to Fight Childhood Obesity and Diabetes 7:00 pm
Turning Up the Heat to Fight Childhood Obesity and Diabetes @ Grimsby Public Library
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm
Obesity, and related health problems, are common in children, and prevention and treatment strategies have limited impact over the long term. Capitalizing on their strengths in pediatric clinical care and metabolism and energy balance, Drs. Morrison and Steinberg will discuss new targets they are currently studying to address this challenging problem and improve the health of our children. Gregory Steinberg, PhD, and Katherine Morrison, MD, co-directors of the Metabolism And Childhood (MAC) Obesity Research Program., will be at the Library to discuss the subject as part of McMaster University’s Lager Lecture series which is aimed at encouraging life-long learning. This event is hosted by McMaster University Alumni & Grimsby Public Library.
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E-Cigarette Vaping: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Evidence and Practice 1:00 pm
E-Cigarette Vaping: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Evidence and Practice @ Online
Nov 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit continues its webinar series on topics relevant to people working in tobacco control. OTRU webinars provide evidence from our own Canadian studies and from reviews of published literature. Presentations draw out implications for practice and for policy. These webinars utilize technology to promote and facilitate interactivity. The e-cigarette policy environment is developing rapidly. This webinar focuses on three crucial questions about e-cigarettes: What happens to young people (particularly non-smokers) who vape? What happens to adult smokers who try to quit smoking cigarettes by vaping e-cigarettes? What is the state and likely effect of e-cigarette promotion and advertising in Ontario? In addressing these questions we will present the latest evidence from published studies and findings from three of their own studies: Cohort study of youth and young adult vapers and non-vapers Concept mapping study of adults who try vaping to quit smoking Point-of-sale study, based on 50 stores Presenters include: Dr. Robert Schwartz, Executive Director, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit; Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Dr. Shawn O’Connor, Senior Research Associate, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit Lori Diemert, Research Officer, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit Hayley Pelletier, Research Assistant, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit.
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Red Scarf Project 11:00 am
Red Scarf Project @ St. Catharines City Hall
Nov 23 @ 11:00 am
11:00 a.m. – Meeting with the Mayor at City Hall for flag-raising that kicks off AIDS Awareness Week. 11:30 a.m. – This year, we hope to blanket almost all of St. Paul Street in red! We will be tying red scarves around the trees and lampposts along the street. The scarves are there for people to take in the following days, providing both awareness and warmth. 11:45 a.m. – Reception at Silver Spire Church where we will gather to warm up with a light lunch. This event is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.
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Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults 12:30 pm
Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults @ Niagara Region Headquarters - Community Education Room
Nov 26 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
For the first time, there are more Canadians over the age of 65 than under the age of 15. Because Canadians are living longer, and our quality of life depends on staying physically active, developing and maintaining physical literacy can be the key to resilience – reducing the effects of falls, injuries, and illness. This half day workshop will introduce participants to a new training program designed to integrate physical literacy development into activity for older adults. The activities presented can be easily implemented by a recreation leader or health care worker. Workshop participants will be introduced to the concepts of physical literacy and encouraged to try activities that create durability. If you are a recreation leader, health care worker, exercise specialist or volunteer who care about the importance of quality programming for older adults please register for one of the free workshops offered below at Niagara Region Community Education Room, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold. Friday, October 26, 2018: 9:00 – 1:00 Friday, November 09, 2018 12:30 – 4:30 Monday, November 19, 2018 9:00 – 1:00 Monday, November 26, 2018 12:30 – 4:30 These workshops are hosted by Sport For Life Canada.
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Cannabis Legalization and Practice: What You Need to Know 12:00 pm
Cannabis Legalization and Practice: What You Need to Know @ Online
Nov 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Cannabis is one of the most commonly used psychoactive substances in Ontario, along with alcohol and tobacco. The legalization of cannabis has been scheduled for Oct 17th, when it will become legal for adults over 19 to use cannabis without a prescription. This webinar will introduce the rationale for legalization as a public health approach to minimizing the harms associated with cannabis use. It will also provide an overview of cannabis use patterns in Ontario across the life span. In 2017, 19% of students in grade 7-12, and 14.5% of adults reported trying cannabis in the past year. The webinar will also explore health issues related to cannabis use and health approaches that can reduce harms as outlined in the Canadian Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines. The objectives of this webinar are: Understand the public health rationale for legalization. Understand the prevalence of cannabis use in Ontario across the lifespan. Explore health issues related to cannabis use and health approaches that can reduce harms as outlined in the Canadian Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines. Explore the unique considerations of working with clients who use cannabis. Presenters: J.F. Crépault, Senior Policy Analyst, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Keith Hansen, Nurse Practitioner, St. Michael’s Hospital This webinar is hosted by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.
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Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults @ Niagara Region Headquarters - Community Education Room
Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

For the first time, there are more Canadians over the age of 65 than under the age of 15.

Because Canadians are living longer, and our quality of life depends on staying physically active, developing and maintaining physical literacy can be the key to resilience – reducing the effects of falls, injuries, and illness.

This half day workshop will introduce participants to a new training program designed to integrate physical literacy development into activity for older adults. The activities presented can be easily implemented by a recreation leader or health care worker. Workshop participants will be introduced to the concepts of physical literacy and encouraged to try activities that create durability.

If you are a recreation leader, health care worker, exercise specialist or volunteer who care about the importance of quality programming for older adults please register for one of the free workshops offered below at Niagara Region Community Education Room, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold.

  • Friday, October 26, 2018: 9:00 – 1:00
  • Friday, November 09, 2018 12:30 – 4:30
  • Monday, November 19, 2018 9:00 – 1:00
  • Monday, November 26, 2018 12:30 – 4:30

These workshops are hosted by Sport For Life Canada.

Nov
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Tue
Turning Up the Heat to Fight Childhood Obesity and Diabetes @ Grimsby Public Library
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm

Obesity, and related health problems, are common in children, and prevention and treatment strategies have limited impact over the long term. Capitalizing on their strengths in pediatric clinical care and metabolism and energy balance, Drs. Morrison and Steinberg will discuss new targets they are currently studying to address this challenging problem and improve the health of our children.

Gregory Steinberg, PhD, and Katherine Morrison, MD, co-directors of the Metabolism And Childhood (MAC) Obesity Research Program., will be at the Library to discuss the subject as part of McMaster University’s Lager Lecture series which is aimed at encouraging life-long learning.

This event is hosted by McMaster University Alumni & Grimsby Public Library.

Nov
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E-Cigarette Vaping: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Evidence and Practice @ Online
Nov 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit continues its webinar series on topics relevant to people working in tobacco control. OTRU webinars provide evidence from our own Canadian studies and from reviews of published literature. Presentations draw out implications for practice and for policy. These webinars utilize technology to promote and facilitate interactivity.

The e-cigarette policy environment is developing rapidly. This webinar focuses on three crucial questions about e-cigarettes:

  1. What happens to young people (particularly non-smokers) who vape?
  2. What happens to adult smokers who try to quit smoking cigarettes by vaping e-cigarettes?
  3. What is the state and likely effect of e-cigarette promotion and advertising in Ontario?

In addressing these questions we will present the latest evidence from published studies and findings from three of their own studies:

  1. Cohort study of youth and young adult vapers and non-vapers
  2. Concept mapping study of adults who try vaping to quit smoking
  3. Point-of-sale study, based on 50 stores

Presenters include:

  • Dr. Robert Schwartz, Executive Director, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit; Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Shawn O’Connor, Senior Research Associate, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit
  • Lori Diemert, Research Officer, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit
  • Hayley Pelletier, Research Assistant, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit

This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit.

Nov
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Red Scarf Project @ St. Catharines City Hall
Nov 23 @ 11:00 am

11:00 a.m. – Meeting with the Mayor at City Hall for flag-raising that kicks off AIDS Awareness Week.

11:30 a.m. – This year, we hope to blanket almost all of St. Paul Street in red! We will be tying red scarves around the trees and lampposts along the street. The scarves are there for people to take in the following days, providing both awareness and warmth.

11:45 a.m. – Reception at Silver Spire Church where we will gather to warm up with a light lunch.

This event is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.

Nov
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Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults @ Niagara Region Headquarters - Community Education Room
Nov 26 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

For the first time, there are more Canadians over the age of 65 than under the age of 15.

Because Canadians are living longer, and our quality of life depends on staying physically active, developing and maintaining physical literacy can be the key to resilience – reducing the effects of falls, injuries, and illness.

This half day workshop will introduce participants to a new training program designed to integrate physical literacy development into activity for older adults. The activities presented can be easily implemented by a recreation leader or health care worker. Workshop participants will be introduced to the concepts of physical literacy and encouraged to try activities that create durability.

If you are a recreation leader, health care worker, exercise specialist or volunteer who care about the importance of quality programming for older adults please register for one of the free workshops offered below at Niagara Region Community Education Room, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold.

  • Friday, October 26, 2018: 9:00 – 1:00
  • Friday, November 09, 2018 12:30 – 4:30
  • Monday, November 19, 2018 9:00 – 1:00
  • Monday, November 26, 2018 12:30 – 4:30

These workshops are hosted by Sport For Life Canada.

Nov
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Wed
Cannabis Legalization and Practice: What You Need to Know @ Online
Nov 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Cannabis is one of the most commonly used psychoactive substances in Ontario, along with alcohol and tobacco. The legalization of cannabis has been scheduled for Oct 17th, when it will become legal for adults over 19 to use cannabis without a prescription.

This webinar will introduce the rationale for legalization as a public health approach to minimizing the harms associated with cannabis use. It will also provide an overview of cannabis use patterns in Ontario across the life span. In 2017, 19% of students in grade 7-12, and 14.5% of adults reported trying cannabis in the past year. The webinar will also explore health issues related to cannabis use and health approaches that can reduce harms as outlined in the Canadian Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines.

The objectives of this webinar are:

  • Understand the public health rationale for legalization.
  • Understand the prevalence of cannabis use in Ontario across the lifespan.
  • Explore health issues related to cannabis use and health approaches that can reduce harms as outlined in the Canadian Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines.
  • Explore the unique considerations of working with clients who use cannabis.

Presenters:

  • J.F. Crépault, Senior Policy Analyst, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Keith Hansen, Nurse Practitioner, St. Michael’s Hospital

This webinar is hosted by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

Dec
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Systems Mapping as a Tool for Action @ Online
Dec 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Interested in complex system mapping, but unsure about how it can help you find solutions to public health challenges in your own work?

The Health Foundation is hosting a webinar for public health professionals exploring how to use system mapping as a tool for action.

By registering for this webinar you will have the chance to:

  • Hear practical examples of how system mapping has helped change how complex public health problems have been tackled, from the UK and further afield.
  • Learn how to start using these approaches in your own work in public health.
  • Discover how ‘thinking like a system’ can help you identify innovative ways to take action to improve population health.

This webinar is hosted by The Health Foundation.

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