The ECHO Care of the Elderly team is excited to launch a special 6-week Dementia Series in partnership with the Alzheimer Societies of Ontario and Toronto. The Dementia Series aims to help primary care providers expand their skills and build their capacity in the care of people with dementia.

Sessions run Wednesdays from 3:00pm-4:30pm starting October 30 to December 4, 2019.

If you are interested in participating in the Dementia Series, please apply here

Canada's first national dementia strategy sets out a vision for the future and identifies common principles and national objectives to help guide actions by all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, communities, families and individuals. The actions undertaken to achieve the strategy's national objectives may evolve over time, but every action will bring Canada closer to the vision of a Canada in which all people living with dementia and caregivers are valued and supported, quality of life is optimized, and dementia is prevented, well understood, and effectively treated.

Highlights of this issue include a reading list on "Active Aging”, the latest sagelink blog, a listing of upcoming events, as well as opportunities and updates from AGE-WELL, Behavioural Supports Ontario, BrainXchange, Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, CIHR, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Institute for Life Course & Aging, Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program, Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, Public Health Agency of Canada, Queen’s University Continuing Professional Development, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, Seniors Health Knowledge Network and Weston Brain Institute.

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Friday November 29, 2019 from 8:30am - 3:30pm at Dog House Studios, Napanee. This conference features presenters, Dr. Jonathan Bertram, Jennifer Stratford, Darcy King McKay, Mike Barnes, Sgt. Brad Milburn and Eman Attallah. Topics discussed include anti-psychotics versus cannabis in the elderly, sexual intimacy, safety in community and listening as a caregiver to the stories of dementia. To learn more or to register, click here.

Nov 27-29, 2019 in Waterloo, ON. This award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. The interactive, 3-day Train-the-Trainer workshop is designed for team members of organizations that are interested in building capacity to train and support their entire teams. Learn more and register here.

October 3, 2019 from 12-1PM EST. Join presenters Debbie Hewitt Colborne and Lori Schnidel Martin for this webinar which will provide an overview of BSO-DOS© and the collaborative work that led to its development, as well as detailed implementation strategies to assist clinical teams to utilize the new BSO-DOS©. During the webinar the presenters will discuss important feedback from survey findings and as well as brainstorm further strategies to enhance implementation and inform the ongoing support from the BSO Provincial Coordinating Office. To learn more or to register click here.

Oct. 18, 2019 from 12-1PM EST join presenters Dr. Gary Nagile and Dr. Mark Rapport as they describe dementia-related driving risks, review recent changes to Fitness to Drive reporting policy in Ontario, and discuss how to interpret and deal with these changes in clincial practice. To learn more or to register click here.

The Institute for Life Course and Aging offers a variety of online workshops for healthcare and other professionals who work with older adults.  A variety of topics are covered of the 2019-2020 period. For a full listing please click here.

November 4th to December 1, 2019. This online workshop for healthcare and other professionals aims to help participants understand the importance and implications of neuroscience as professionals working with older adults, including i) better understanding ourselves, ii) understanding why we are so wired to connect socially with others, iii) exploring what deep safety is to the brain and how we use it to promote well-being and that of those under our care, and iv) implementing an organizational model of dementia care based on neuroscience and mindfulness. To learn more or to register click here.

November 26, 2019 from 12-1PM EST.  Dr. Allen Power, Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation, will address the sensitive issues around balancing choice versus risk for people living with dementia. Using the approach outlined in the previous webinar “Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being” held on October 8, 2019, he will show how the desire to avoid risk, and operational decisions made as a result of this, can create an environment that may look “secure,” but is actually unsafe. Using real-life stories and situations, Dr. Power will show how we can best negotiate risk, in order to maximize well-being and individual rights. Click here to register.

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