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This presentation by Sara Brooks, Edmonton-based singer and choir conductor, will have you singing….literally, we will be singing (no previous music experience needed)! Sara will share some knowledge of how to use music with your family member living with dementia whether they live with you or live elsewhere. Music can touch everyone, even someone with advanced dementia.
Join us for this presentation by Sarah Karesa , Grief Counsellor for Pilgrims Hospice, as she discusses exploring loss, exploring grief, different types of grief, and how care partners need to take care of themselves.
Dr. Richard Lewanczuk speak about this serious issue affecting seniors and even more so now with COVID-19. People tend to think of boredom, frustration, lack of joy. There are serious mental health implications, but one area that has been neglected is the physical health consequence of social isolation and loneliness. Loneliness has adverse effects on the immune system (paradoxically making people more susceptible to viral infections), the cardiovascular system, blood pressure, diabetes, and the inflammatory response. In addition, cognitive functions are impaired: memory, reasoning, and such. This would tend to make conditions such as Alzheimer's worse. Care partners are affected as well - in all respects. They too become more isolated and they too suffer the emotional, mental and physical consequences.
In this presentation Dr. Bill Gibson will give an introduction to dementia, the different types, and talk though what can be expected on a dementia journey for everyone involved, as well as discuss the medical treatments and other "top tips".
Meeting for board members of AS/AB_NT
Three out of five Canadians with dementia wander. The numbers of missing adults who "wandered off" have increased from 2010 to 2014. These are underestimates as not all individuals who went missing were reported. An Alberta study showed that locator devices gave caregivers peace of mind. Yet, consumer information about dementia-related locator technologies varies between products and vendors. This creates challenges for caregivers and health service providers to manage this information when seeking an appropriate technology. An online consumer guideline of commercially available locator technologies was developed to allow: (1) Vendors to describe their products per standardized product descriptions, and (2) Consumers to access this information to review and make purchase decisions. https://tech.findingyourwayontario.ca/products
Participation in exercise programs can enhance the physical and mental health of healthy older adults, including persons with dementia. However, programs tailored for dementia clients are scarce and barriers, such as transportation and accessibility, further limit their participation. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the usability of a home Kinect-based system (entitled Virtual Gym), and to determine its effect on perceived physical and mental health of cognitively healthy older adults as well as older adults with mild dementia. Virtual Gym is developed to guide older adults through postures and movements, recognize features of their movement, and provide different types of constructive feedback and motivating rewards when movements are performed well. The study consists of three phases: (1) Piloting usability phase; (2) Piloting usability from a distance phase; (3) Effectiveness phase.
Kirstin Veugelers, PhD (biochemistry), empowers patients and their loved-ones through knowledge translation and advocacy, uniquely valuing the patient as a whole complex being, as more than a medical diagnosis. Kirstin personally experienced the frustration of navigating the healthcare system to address her own health issues. To help others avoid similar frustration, Kirstin commits to hearing patients’ health and personal journeys, and to supporting patients and their loved-ones through the information-gathering and decision-making processes, and beyond.