Dear brainXchange members,
We are excited to share with you some updates and knowledge exchange opportunities:
Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Wants Your Feedback on the Standardized Version Dementia Observation System (DOS):
On February 27th, 2018 a webinar entitled 'Strengthening the Dementia Observation System (DOS): Seeking Your Contributions to the Standardized Version and Next Steps!' was held to provide an overview of revisions underway to the DOS; a tool used to determine the frequency, duration, risk and patterns of responsive behaviours.
In January 2017, BSO initiated an inter-professional collaboration to uncover innovations and address variations and inconsistencies in the multiple versions of the DOS currently used in Ontario. Members of the BSO DOS Working Group lead the webinar, describing the process through which they identified and combined the best features of over 40 versions collected into a single standardized version. An outline of implementation plans included discussion of a pilot project, an instruction manual and a technological adaptation.
If you use the DOS tool in your work, the DOS Working Group would like to give you an opportunity to provide important feedback and input into the finalized version of the standardized DOS. Please view the webinar recording. Once you have viewed the recording, complete the survey in order to provide anonymous feedback regarding the drafted Standardized DOS. Please complete the survey (estimated to take 15-20 minutes) by end of day March 16th.
Direct Link to Recording: http://ake.adobeconnect.com/pnhshidj2saa
Direct Link to Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PDX7TXH
Questions? Email: provincialBSO@nbrhc.on.ca
The Substance Use/Geriatric Addictions Collaborative with Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) and brainXchange are working together to promote access to and the use of the Canadian developed Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI). Dr. Bonnie Purcell, registered psychologist with the London-Middlesex BSO mobile team and the Geriatric Mental Health Program with London Health Science Centre, developed the tool while completing her Master’s at the University of Toronto and with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
New Tool to Assess Geriatric Addictions / Substance Use
Alcohol-related problems are often an unrecognized challenge in working with older adults. Older adults can experience increased effects of alcohol due to age-related physiological changes and alcohol-drug interactions, and/or increased reliance on alcohol as a coping strategy with significant life changes. The goal of the SAMI as a brief senior specific screening tool is to provide a gentle, non-confrontational approach to elicit information to determine if there are concerns related to alcohol use/misuse. The SAMI has a sensitivity of 78-84%, with a specificity of 55%, and outperformed the SMAST-G and the CAGE in identifying at-risk and problem drinkers.
In order to increase the accessibility of the SAMI tool, we are reaching out to leaders supporting complex older adults and requesting your consideration to add a link to the SAMI on your organization’s website. Both the SAMI tool and the archived webinar can be found on the Portico of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: https://www.porticonetwork.ca/tools/clinical-tools/sami-screening-tool.
If you are willing to have the link added to your website, we kindly ask that you confirm this with us. Additionally, should you have any questions or require additional support, please contact our Knowledge Broker, Jillian McConnell with brainXchange at jillian@brainXchange.ca
Conferences, workshops, and knowledge exchange events
- March 2-4, 2018, Banff, AB Alberta College of Family Physicians’ Annual Scientific Assembly
- March 7, 2018 11-12 PM Webinar Hosted by bXc: Addressing Abusive Behaviour in Long-Term Care: Opportunities for Change
- March 7, 2018 12-1:30 PM Webinar Hosted by bXc: Therapeutic Management of Multiple Sclerosis
- March 7, 2018, Peterborough, ON Rural aging research: insights from the frontiers of gerontology
- March 19-21, 2018, Toronto, ON, Rotman Research Institute Conference
- March 27, 2018 11-12 PM EST Webinar Hosted by bXc: Cultural Safety:Ethical and Equitable Health Care for Indigenous Patients, Families, and Communities
- April 9 -11, 2018 Toronto, ON Together We Care 2018, OLTCA
- April 12th, 2018 1-2:30 PM EST Webinar Hosted by bXc: Successfully riding the waves of emotion: Coping with the uncertainty of MS
- April 10, 2018, Toronto, ON Home Care Ontario 2018 Symposium
- April 16 -18, 2018, Toronto, ON, Advancing Senior Care 2018 Annual General Meeting and Convention
- April 21-27 2018, Los Angeles, CA, USA 70th American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting
- April 20 - 21, 2018, Vancouver, BC Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership
- April 23, 2018, Toronto, ON, Choosing Wisely Canada National Meeting
- April 24, 2018 1-2 pm EST Webinar - Save the Date: Connecting With Ontario Seniors: Moving from Social Isolation to Social Inclusion, Age-Friendly Communities
- April 29 - May 1, 2018, Washington, D.C. Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum
- May 17, 2018 1-2 pm EST Webinar - Save the Date: Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Ontario Part 1: Understanding the link between Age Friendly and Dementia Friendly Communities, Age-Friendly Communities
- May 24, 2018 Toronto, ON - Save the Date: Senior Friendly Care (sfCare) and the Senior Friendly Seven (SF7): Building more connected care for frail seniors
- May 25, 2018, Kingston, ON Empowering Older Adults: Opportunities & Possibilities
- May 27 - 30, 2018, Vancouver, BC e-Health 2018
- May 29-31, 2018, Montreal, QC Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) Annual Conference
- May 31, 2018 1-2 PM EST Webinar - Save the Date: Building a Stronger and More Inclusive Ontario Part 2: Understanding the link between Age Friendly and Compassionate Care, Age-Friendly Communities
- June 4 - 5, 2018, St. John’s, NL National Health Leadership Conference
- June 14, 2018 1-2 pm EST Webinar - Save the Date: Alternative Housing Models for Older Adults, Age-Friendly Communities
- June 20 - 22, 2018, Banff, AB Promoting Health Brain Aging and Preventing Dementia Conference
- July 22-26, 2018, Chicago, IL, USA,, Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC)
- July 26 -29 2018, Chicago, IL, USA, Alzheimer’s Disease International
- June 28, 2018 1-2 PM EST Webinar - Save the Date: Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities - the OASIS Model, Age-Friendly Communities
- August 8-10, 2018, Toronto, ON International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference
- November 15-18 2018, Bordeaux, France, 12th International Congress on Non-Motor Dysfunctions in Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders
- November 11–14 2018, Sydney, Australia, 11th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementia