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Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2015

Are you heading to Washington D.C. this July 18-23 for AAIC? If so, we’ll see you there! We’re excited to share the results of our work over the last few years on developing “Taking Control of Our Lives” a self-management of dementia program for people with early stage dementia and their care partners. This research project was a partnership between the Centre for Education and Research in Aging and Health at Lakehead University lead by Elaine Wiersma and the Alzheimer Society of Ontario. Results on the outcomes of the pilot program as well as the process of meaningfully including people living with dementia in the process of developing the curriculum will be shared. Check out the AAIC website for more details on the conference. 

Antipsychotics and Seniors

While always a “hot topic”, a number of valuable resources focusing on the use of Anti-Psychotics and Seniors were introduced in June: Antipsychotic Use in the Elderly, provided by the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN) was released as well as: Looking for Balance: Antipsychotic medication Use in Ontario Long Term Care Home, a document that has been developed by Health Quality Ontario.  To add to these two important and influential documents, brainXchange offered an integrated webinar event on June 4th that featured Dr. Paula Rochon, a Geriatrician and Vice President of Research at Women’s College Hospital, entitled: Antipsychotics in Older Adults.  We encourage you to have a look and share with others!

MHCC launches its Caregiver Mobilization Toolkit 

In collaboration with partners and stakeholders across Canada, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has developed Taking the Caregiver Guidelines off the Shelf: Mobilization Toolkit (Mobilization Toolkit). The Mobilization Toolkit is intended to support individuals, groups, or organizations in their efforts to help others understand and implement the recommendations in the National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses.  Published by the MHCC in 2013, the guidelines provide concrete direction to system planners, policy makers, and mental health managers in planning, implementing and evaluating a family-friendly system of care. 

Knowledge Translation in Dementia Care: It Takes a Community (CDC-KT)

On May 20, 2014, a group of family/friend caregivers (care partners), care providers, educators, administrators, researchers, policy makers and other professionals met in Toronto, Ontario to participate in a one day workshop titled: Knowledge Translation in Dementia Care: It Takes a Community (funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Grant No. DGE 129655).  The primary objectives of this workshop were to: create new and diverse partnerships; enhance the quality of life of persons living with dementia and their care partners; and explore ways to advocate for and advance innovative practices, programs  and policies relevant to community dementia care and support. As a result of this workshop, we developed three knowledge translation products: Action Framework, Policy Brief and Education Manual. Developed for  a multi-sectorial audience  which includes people with dementia, their care partners, various levels of government, different disciplines, organizations and other invested members of the community, we envisioned these products to be used as guides for people to create and promote dementia-friendly communities. 

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