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National Dementia Strategy - Ready to Take Action?

In 16 short years, an estimated 1.4 million Canadians will be living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. A cure may be years away and there are no medications to stop, slow or reverse the progress of the disease that causes decline in mental function and the ability to perform daily tasks. 

Recently, Statistics Canada reported that for the first time, seniors outnumber children aged 14 and under. Age remains the biggest risk factor for dementia. These numbers and the trend they paint are troubling. That’s why the Alzheimer Society has been advocating for a national dementia strategy.   

The Society is calling for a Canadian Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Partnership that would bring together researchers, health professionals, governments, community and industry leaders to work alongside with Canadians living with dementia and their caregivers to develop and implement a national dementia strategy. 

Focused on research, prevention and living well with the disease, this nationally coordinated approach would ensure we tackle the disease in a collaborative way and effect real change for so many Canadians now and in the future. With two weeks left in the federal election, help make dementia an election priority by talking to your candidate. Learn more

Ontario Best Practice Exchange Event

The brainXchange and its partners: Alzheimer Society of Ontario, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, the South East, HNHB, Mississauga Halton and North East LHINs came together to host the first ever Ontario Best Practice Exchange Event.

Thought leaders, policy makers, providers and persons with Lived Experience came together on September 25th in Toronto for a catalyst event to launch the development of person-centered best practices for supporting older adults who are living with dementia, mental health, substance use and/or neurological conditions and their families and caregivers. Areas of interest included Antipsychotics, Behavioural Support Transition Units, Health Links,  Mobile and Inter-agency teams, Substance Use / Geriatric Addictions and Tertiary / Specialized care collaboratives.

Please stay tuned for a follow up report from the day which will highlight key developments and strategies. Learn more

Supporting Primary Care Innovation

Primary Care Memory Clinics are a model for improving access to quality, interdisciplinary assessment and management of dementia developed by Dr. Linda Lee of the Centre for Family Medicine in Kitchener. 77 Memory Clinic teams have been trained and established across Ontario. Each year these teams take part in Booster Days to get updates about new research findings, recommendations, improved processes and to learn from experts and each other about topics that are important to their practice. 

The brainXchange has been active in supporting this as well as many other primary care innovations. This year we’re participating in Booster Days across Ontario over the fall to launch a Community of Practice for these teams so that they can continue to connect with each other throughout the year. This will support them to have better access to resources, continuing learning, opportunities to ask questions of their colleagues, share successful practices and work together to find solutions to challenges they have in common. Learnings and practices that apply to other primary care practices will be shared with others who could benefit from this knowledge. 

This November is the First Fall Prevention Month in Ontario

Falls are a serious issue for older adults. An estimated 1 in 3 older adults fall each year.  In 2010, falls were responsible for the most injury deaths in Ontario and generated $2.8 billion in costs to the provincial economy. Older adults are being encouraged to take steps to reduce the risk of injury from a fall. 

A toolkit was created to help organizations promote November 2015 as Fall Prevention Month. Any organization can download and use this toolkit free of charge. Toolkit contents include promotional materials, client resources, fall statistics and infographics, and suggestions for activities, events and programming. Learn more

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