Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern - Join Gilbrea Centre and the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University for a free online seminar: A Critical Exploration of Creativity and Dementia at the Intersection of Embodiment, Relationality and Citizenship.
Decreasing stigma associated with dementia and fostering dementia-inclusive communities are key public health priorities across national and international settings. Engagement with the arts is increasingly advocated to reduce stigma and to increase social inclusion of persons living with dementia since the arts so powerfully support non-verbal communication, affect, and the opportunity to participate in activities that are meaningful to self and to others. However, for the most part, the arts are implemented as a therapeutic intervention with the aim of reducing neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with dementia, and improving cognitive and physical health outcomes. The enrichment that the arts bring to human lives is thus obscured by treating the arts exclusively as a means to a therapeutic end. Dr. Pia Kontos will discuss this limitation with reference to a relational model of citizenship that recognizes corporeality and relationality as fundamental to human existence, and that brings a new and critical dimension to understanding the importance of creativity in the context of dementia. Findings from empirical research of hers will be discussed to illustrate how the relational model of citizenship brings a new and critical dimension to understanding the creativity of persons living with dementia while also addressing broader issues of their inclusivity and the ethical imperative to fully support engagement with the arts through institutional policies, structures, and practices.
Monday, September 21, 2020 at 9:30 - 10: 30 am Eastern and at 4 - 5 pm Eastern- This is the eighth webinar series for healthcare teams. Speakers will introduce healthcare workers to effective strategies to support persons with responsive behaviours in care settings. The speakers will be psychogeriatric resource consultants Mario Tsokas, RSW, BSW and Tara Resnick, BA, RSSWG.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 12 - 1 p.m. Eastern - More women than men have Alzheimer’s disease and the numbers are growing. Both sex (biological factors) and gender (social factors) most likely work together to contribute to this predominance. In order to prevent AD in women, we need to understand early in life the factors affecting women that lead to eventual dementia. In this webinar we discuss what is known about the underlying causes and suggest future directions for research.
Thurs. May 28, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join Dr. Susan Hunter for this webinar where she will address the quantitative and standardized evaluation of safe use of 4-wheeled walker using a new tool, the Safe Use of Mobility Aid Checkllist (SUMAC). To learn more or to register click here.
Tuesdays and Thursdays in June 2020 from 1-2:30 EST. The EPIC Conference is an opportunity for AGE-WELL HQP to share their research, highlight their potential impact, and connect with colleagues. It will comprise of 8 virtual sessions, each dedicated to a challenge area. Each session will involve 2 streams of presentations - a traditional oral presentation and a Twitter conference presentation. Additional sessions will include interactive design workshops, a roundtable on pivoting your research during COVID, and a hybrid career presentation and workshop. To learn more or to register click here.
Highlights of this issue include a reading list on Oral Health & Older Adults. A listing of upcoming events, opportunities and updates related to aging, health and caring for older adults are included. Sign up to receive Linkages directly here.
Tuesday March 31st from 12-1pm EST. Join presenters Maria Howard, Heather Cowie, Erin Crawford, Felicia White and Abby Wolfe as they discuss the Dementia-Friendly Canada project and specific initiatives in Ontario, B.C. Manitoba and Saskatchewan. To learn more or to register click here.
Tues. March 31. 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Sylvia Davidson, as guides participants to explore our own values and beliefs about intimacy and aging and the relationship between these sensitive topics when we are supporting persons with dementia. To learn more and to register click here.
Sessions will run on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. starting April 21, 2020 and ending July 7, 2020. Baycrest and North East Specialized Geriatric Centre are excited to announce our third ECHO Care of the Elderly Long-Term Care (ECHO COE-LTC) cycle. ECHO Care of the Elderly aims to build a virtual community of practice helping primary care providers expand their skills and build their capacity in the care of frail, complex aging individuals. ECHO COE-LTC is run in collaboration with the Ontario CLRI. Learn more or register here.
Wed. Feb. 19, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenter Dr. Corinne Fischer for this webinar as she overviews our understanding of the effect of music on the Alzheimer brain. Specifically she will review the existing literature focusing on cognitive effects of passive music exposure, with a particular focus on familiar music. Data from a recent study will be shared. To learn more or to register click here.