Hello brainXchange members,
We are excited to share with you some updates and knowledge exchange opportunities:
Maintaining the Connection
Maintaining the Connection Video
a whiteboard animation video providing evidence-based strategies for communicating with a family member with Alzheimer’s disease. This was created by Dr. Susan Lane and was designed as a solution to her own struggle to communicate effectively with a family member with Alzheimer’s disease. The strategies are derived from Dr. Jeff Small and Dr. Jo Ann Perry’s research article, Training family care partners to communicate effectively with persons with Alzheimer’s disease: The TRACED program
While planning this project, she encountered an abundance of generosity, yielding a collaboration of donated services. Many thanks to: Gordon Pinsent, Braedon Garret, Peter Keleghan, Erica Bota, Disa Kauk, David Schmidt, Robin Frigeri, Dr. Jo-Anne Clarke, Dr. J.B. Orange, Dr. Adam Day, The College of Family Physicians of Canada Research and Education Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario and the North East Specialized Geriatric Centre. Many thanks to Dr. Jeff Small and Dr. Jo Ann Perry for their research.
Please feel free to share this video. Many thanks to you for helping those with Alzheimer’s disease. Because we care and they need us to care.
Ontario Best Practice Exchange Collaboratives
We are pleased to announce that the 3 Accelerated Ontario Best Practice Exchange Collaboratives are now well under way!
Each collaborative has held at least two all-member meetings before taking a bit of a break over the summer months Despite the heat and varied vacation schedules, productivity has not slowed. Here is what the collaboratives have each been up to:
Behavioural Support Transition Units (BSTU)
– co-chaired by Mary Ellen Parker and Karin Adlhoch. The BSTU collaborative members have recently created a BSTU environmental scan for the province. Each BSTU across Ontario has / will be invited to fill in the document, detailing (among other criteria): # of Beds in the BSTU, Top 3 Referral Sources, Admission Criteria, Average Clinical Length of Stay (LOS) and External Partners and/or Transition Support. The intent is that once complete, each BSTU across the province will have access to the information about their BSTU counterparts – allowing for a better understanding of what is happening elsewhere and fostering new innovative approaches.
Substance Use & Geriatric Addictions Collaborative
– co-chaired by Marilyn White Campbell, Jane McKinnon and Cathy Sturdy-Smith. Working with the CMHA Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph and Community Outreach Programs specializing in addictions, this collaborative has introduced the provincial monthly Geriatric Addiction Rounds to healthcare professionals across sectors
, but have also created an archived list of past Addiction Rounds
for those not able to attend them live.
Behavioural Supports Integrated Teams Collaborative (BSIT)
– co-chaired by Teresa Judd and Patti Reed. The BSIT collaborative has focused its attention on finalizing a Terms of Reference for the group, which is now complete. Additionally the co-chairs, with input from others in the collaborative have been working on a discussion paper, which aligned with BSO’s 3 pillars and other relevant provincial initiatives, offers a concept design for how integrated teams can work across transitions (both physical transitions of moving between locations and sectors and the progression of the disease process) and how teams can support teams to ensure continuity of care. Currently select members of the collaborative are reviewing this paper prior to it being released for broader circulation.
For more information, please contact Jillian McConnell
Think Tank on Stigmatizing Language
On Tuesday July 26th, Alzheimer Society of Ontario partnered with brainXchange to host a think tank to discuss the use of stigmatizing language to describe behaviours associated with dementia and start the conversation about how we can better communicate using non-stigmatizing language. Stigmatizing language and negative communication tends to be used in response to behaviours associated with dementia, which increases focus on the illness while reducing the person with dementia to a series of labels and symptoms. This was an excellent opportunity to bring together researchers, clinicians, and persons from the community to consider this very important issue. Bringing together 20 people with a shared interest in this topic was all it took to get some excellent and constructive conversation started. An event like this is an excellent first step towards changing the current state of communication and dementia. Learn more
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Conferences, workshops, and knowledge exchange events
- September 16, 2016, Toronto, ON Canadian Conference on Risk Management in Health Care Settings
- September 20th, 2016 12-1 PM EST Webinar: Webinar: Health Literacy: You've been heard but where you understood?, SHKN
- September 20, 2016, Grande Prairie, AB , Grey Matters 2016 Conference
- September 21, 2016 1-2:30 PM EST Webinar hosted by brainXchange: L'évaluation des besoins en santé mentale des personnes âgées à risque de délirium
- September 20-21, 2016, Toronto, ON 4th Annual National Summit on Patient Experience
- September 23-30, 2016, Toronto, ON CMHA Mental Health for All Conference 2016: Together by Design
- September 27, 2016 12-1 PM EST webinar hosted by brainXchange: Improving End of Life care in Long term care
- September 27, 2016, Mississauga, ON, NeuroTech Ontario Showcase + Public Talk
- September 28, 2016, 9 AM EST Toronto , Webinar/ In-person: Advising the Elderly Client: The 2016 Practical Guide for Legal Professionals
- September 28, 2016, 1- 2:30 PM EST Webinar: Does Internet Use Help Older Adults Age Successfully?
- September 29-October 1 2016, London, UK 5th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia
- September 30, 2016, Vancouver, BC Celebrate National Seniors Day with the Canadian Centre for Elder Law
- October 1-2, 2016, Toronto, ON Youth Dementia Awareness Symposium
- October 3-5, 2016, London, UK 4th International Conference on Geriatrics & Gerontology
- October 4 2016 12-1 PM EST, Webinar hosted by brainXchange: Exploring Issues about Sexuality & Dementia: Assessing and Mitigating Risk - Registration opens soon
- October 5, 2016, 12-1 PM EST Webinar hosted by brainXchange: Living with Young Onset Dementia – Let’s have a conversation!
- October 7, 2016, 2-3:30 PM EST, Webinar: Health Care Consent & Advance Care Planning
- October 12-15, 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, VasCog: The International Society of Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders Conference
- October 17-18, 2016 Saskatoon, SK, Saskatchewan Health Care Quality Summit
- October 18-19, Markham, ON Ontario Community Support Association's 2016 Conference: Prepare, Adapt, Thrive!
- October 19, 2016, 12 PM EST - Webinar : Improve decision making involving frail elderly and caregivers on location of care
- October 20, 2016, Toronto, ON Health Quality Ontario’s Health Quality Transformation 2016
- October 20-22, 2016, Montreal, QC The Canadian Association on Gerontology's 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting
- October 25-27, 2016, Vancouver, BC Canadian Home Care Summit 2016
- October 27-28, 2016, Toronto, ON Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario's AGM and Annual Conference
- October 29, 2016, Toronto, ON 4th Annual A Changing Melody Forum
- October 31-November 2, 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark, 26th Alzheimer Europe Conference
- November 2, 2016, Kitchener, ON A Changing Melody - "Moving On With My Life"
- November 4, 2016, Waterloo, ON Hack4Health 2.0
- November 7-9, 2016, Toronto, ON HealthAchieve 2016
- November 9-12, 2016, Vancouver, BC Family Medicine Forum 2016
- November 12, 2016, Toronto, ON Room 217 Foundation's Music Care Conference 2016
- November 12-16 2016, San Diego, CA, US 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience
- November 15, 2016, Vancouver, BC First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) National Conference
- November 23, 2016, 1-2 PM EST Webinar: Understanding the role of health profession organizations in Ontario's health policy process: A case study for optimizing the health care workforce in primary care
- November 23- 25, 2016, Toronto, ON This is Long-Term Care: Quality, Innovation and Research Forum
- November 24-25, 2016, Toronto, ON Re-Think Ageing 2016
- December 1, 2016 1-2 PM EST, Webinar The Spatial Distribution of Palliative Care Home Visits: Using GIS mapping to optimize service delivery by family health teams
- December 5-7, 2016, Phoenix, AZ, US, 2nd International Conference on Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders
- December 7, 2016 12 PM EST Webinar: Piloting of volunteer and healthcare provider partnership to provide navigation for rural, frail older adults
- March 29-April 2, 2017, Vienna, Austria,13th International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases and Related Neurological Disorders
- March 27-29, 2017 Washington, DC, Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum
- April 10-13 2017, Birmingham, UK, BNA2017 Festival of Neuroscience
- April 26-29 2017, Kyoto, Japan, 32nd International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International
- July 14-20, 2017, London, UK, Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC)
- August 17-18, 2017, Dubai, UAE, ICNE 2017: International Conference on Neurology and Epidemiology
- August 20-24 2017, Paris, France, 26th Meeting of the International Society for Neurochemistry