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We are excited to share with you some updates and knowledge exchange opportunities:

brainXchange Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary Milestone

The brainXchange formerly known as the Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange and Canadian Dementia Resource and Knowledge Exchange is excited to have reached its 10-year anniversary!  This milestone is a testament to the brainXchange's commitment to the continued fostering of knowledge transfer and exchange, and to the future of the network, our members and partners. Improving quality of life and service for persons with lived experiences is our number one goal, and we are proud to be a part of the effort towards supporting learning needs, facilitating access to knowledge and building and strengthening collaborative partnerships between stakeholders. We would like to take this time to thank all of our valued members and partners in helping us reach this milestone and making this network a success!

Art Talk

Recent research, led by researchers in British Columbia¹ showed that paintings created a way to access memories, supported engagement with others and enlivened residents in a long-term care home. At the University of Helsinki² researchers found that singing and listening to familiar music enhanced working memory, executive function and orientation, for people with varying stages of dementia.
More and more we are hearing about the benefits of creativity and arts for people with dementia through research, practice and lived experience evidence. The brainXchange is hosting an online discussion forum called Art Talk. Art Talk is a place for people to come together to share ideas, images and opportunities for collaboration on art and dementia from visual arts, to performing arts; from art by people living with dementia to art creating awareness about dementia. Join the conversation now!

Ontario Dementia Strategy 

The Alzheimer Society has been advocating for an Ontario Dementia Strategy for several years, and this year we have a commitment from the government that a strategy will be implemented in 2017. We are currently working with the government and other stakeholders on developing this strategy by coordinating 8 roundtables, and participating in 5 working groups during phase 1 of the development process. The second phase will begin in spring 2016 when the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care releases a discussion paper for broader consultation. In preparation for Phase 2, the Alzheimer Society wants your input on the priorities that should be included. Have your say until February 1st, 2016
For regular ongoing updates on the status of the Ontario Dementia Strategy development process, visit the Alzheimer Society website.

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