The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care

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This site is the customized Learning Content Management System (LCMS) for the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care.  We continue to develop and share learning resources designed to enhance knowledge and skills to support the care of our aging population. Whether you work in a hospital, a family health team, in long-term care  or community-based care, you will find material of interest.  We also offer a new series of Open Courses which require no registration.  For more information about registering for courses please contact

Please note that all content in this site is shared under a Creative Commons License.

    Open Courses

    photo of an older couple looking at a laptopThis Open Lesson for Public viewing, pulled from our series of GOLD Overviews.  Our Overviews provide introductory overviews of some of the issues that are common to physical and psychological aspects of aging.  Many of these issues arise simultaneously as we age and these are then referred to as 'co-morbidities'.

    Each lesson is delivered via an interactive module which leads the viewer through a series of slides, accompanied by recorded narration which you can control by adjusting the sound or muting.

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    Research shows that advance care planning improves quality of life and quality end of life care. Advance care planning (ACP) involves a process of reflection and communication in which a person lets others know what quality of life means to them and where an individual expresses their wishes about the kind of health and personal care they want in the future, if they were to become incapable of giving consent or refusing treatment or care.

    This is a sample lesson from our Advance Care Planning Course for Primary Care.

    For more information about how to register for these courses, please contact Gail Hawley Knowles, Manager of the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health.

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    This course describes the presentation and progression of dementia. It explores risk factors, early warning signs, symptoms and care strategies. Woven through the course is a review of the associated impact of caregiving and how you as a professional can identify stress and provide caregiver support. The entire course is anchored in a person-centered approach to care which includes the individual and their care partner and focuses first and foremost on people as individuals.

    Throughout the course you are asked to apply your learning to an ongoing case study.

    This is a sample lesson for Public viewing, the first of four, from our GOLD series of courses for Health Care Professionals.

    Photo of elderly woman with neck painPain is the greatest threat to comfort and a person’s quality of life. It is highly prevalent in the older population with 60-75% of people over the age of 65 reporting at least some persistent pain. Despite this, the elderly are often untreated or undertreated for pain. Effective pain management involves a collaborative team approach exploring factors that contribute to the person’s pain and working with the individual to understand their pain and meet their treatment goals.

    This is a sample lesson , the first of four lessons, from our GOLD courses for Personal Support Workers, open for public viewing.

    Photo of bed restraints - strapsThe course on “Minimizing the use of Restraints” will introduce you to the review relevant legislation and key aspects of a typical agency ‘restraint’ policy. You will find information on the common risk factors associated with restraint use and some approaches to prevention and preventative measures that can be used.

    There are necessary requirements that must be met before a restraint can be used, whether the restraint is physical, chemical or environmental that are detailed within the lessons. Safe use, how to explain restraints to families, requirements for obtaining consent and lastly how you should document decisions and interventions. You will explore approaches to prevention and put your ideas into action using a case study and a variety of reflections.

    Course Completion Criteria
    In order to complete this course you must view and follow all the Lesson Modules and complete the Pre and Post Assessment Quizzes as well as the Course Feedback.  At that point your Completion Certificate will be available to you.

    In order to launch our Lesson Modules you will need to enable Pop-Up Windows in your browser.