We’ve been working behind the scenes to create a brand new sagelink.ca, home to the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health (CSAH) and the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program. In addition to all of the high-quality information and resources you have come to expect from the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, you will find some new content to explore…
July 29, 2020. Dr. Alisa Grigorovich and Siobhan Churchill screened the film “Out at Home” and explore its potential for reducing stigma and improving gaps in knowledge regarding LGBTQ older adults in home care services. They explored with participants the impact of the film, its usefulness to informing their own practice and understanding in this area, as well as suggestions for additional educational tools and materials to support its uptake.
Older Adults, Physical Distancing & Social Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic – What can Communities do NOW?
Presenters Dr. John Puxty and Sarah Webster discussed the barriers that are particularly challenging for older adults during isolation and some of the creative ways that communities are ensuring that older adults are informed and able to access the services they need while adhering to physical distancing guidelines.
The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health (CSAH) at Providence Care in Kingston, Ontario works within four pillars of knowledge exchange, education, capacity building and research to improve the health and well-being of older adults with complex needs and their caregivers. Sagelink.ca is the web host for CSAH.
Linkages is a monthly e-newsletter that includes a listing of upcoming events, opportunities and updates related to aging, health and caring for older adults. This month’s reading list features some of the most recent academic publications on dementia.
Sept 1: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals in Your Community (Tamarack Institute)
Sept 8: The Impact of Lewy Body Dementia on Patients, Caregivers, and Society (BrainXChange)
Sept 15: Age-friendly Peterborough Health and Housing Navigation Study (Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program)
Sept 17: Strengthening brain cells: Determining the failure of brain cell communication in Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimer Society of Canada)
Sept 21: Using Technology to Fight Dementia (Toronto Public Library)
Sept 23: Say good night to hospital gowns, get up, get dressed, get moving (LOOP Fall Prevention Community of Practice)
Sept 29: Identifying perspective therapeutic targets in Alzheimer’s disease: Understanding the cascading affects of cellular deterioration (Alzheimer Society of Canada)
Sept 29: Intersections & Innovations: Perspectives on the State of the Canadian Voluntary Sector (Tamarack Institute)
This reading list includes links to and summaries of a variety of resources regarding dementia in older adults.
the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) is in the process of developing MOC and MainPro+ accredited e-learning modules on the topic of Cannabis and Older Adults. We aim to launch the modules in early 2022.
Dementia is an overall term for symptoms caused by disorders affecting the brain. Symptoms may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, changes in mood or behaviour severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Dementia is progressive as symptoms get worse due to damaged brain cells that eventually die.
This learning module includes 6 interactive lessons: Dementia, Introducing Common Responsive Behaviours, Causes of Responsive Behaviours, Assessing Responsive Behaviours, Person-centered Care and Pharacological Treatments, and Non-Pharmacological Management of Responsive Behaviours.
This project aims to study innovative ways of improving social inclusion for Canadians living with dementia.
This annual report provides examples of the work done every day by many organizations and dedicated individuals across Canada that support the strategy’s three national objectives: improving the quality of life of people living with dementia and dementia caregivers, advancing therapies and finding a cure, and supporting the ultimate goal of preventing dementia.
Dementia is a term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a severe loss of thinking abilities which prevents a person from doing their daily activities. Contrary to common belief, serious mental decline is not a normal part of the aging process. Healthy lifestyle choices such as stay active, staying connected to others, maintaining a healthy weight and diet and quitting smoking can all decrease the chance of developing dementia.
At the end of this overview on Dementia and Responsive Behaviours you will be able to answer: What is dementia? What are the risk factors? What are early warning signs of dementia? How is dementia diagnosed? What are the stages of dementia? What are the signs of caregiver stress? What are responsive behaviours? What are the causes of responsive behaviours? What are some strategies to manage responsive behaviours? How can caregivers manage stress?
As a caregiver, you need to take care of yourself. You are the most important person in the life of someone living with dementia. There are things you can do to help maintain your health and well-being