National Housing Debate Link to external URL.

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5 PM MST

Join the Vote Housing campaign in the National Housing Debate, an opportunity for representatives from each of the five major political parties to discuss and debate their party's vision and approaches to addressing affordable housing and homelessness in Canada.

Vote Housing is a national non-partisan campaign designed to engage and mobilize Canadians to pledge to Vote Housing in the upcoming federal election. Visit the website at www.votehousing.ca.

Rehabilitation to maintain physical function Link to external URL.

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3 PM MST

You are invited to join us at first of DAI's "Meeting Of The Minds" Webinar series in September 2021, part of our series for World Alzheimer's Month, focused on Rehabilitation for people with dementia.

Title: Rehabilitation to maintain physical function

Presenters: A/Prof Michele Callisaya and Dr Morag Taylor

DAY/DATE(S):

  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU) - 4 pm CDT
  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021 (AU/NZ/ASIA) - 700 am AEST

Please note this is one event, set in a number of different time zones - it is not being held twice.

About the presentation:

Along with thinking and memory, physical function is often compromised in people with dementia. Physical functions include balance, strength and the ability to walk well. Good physical function is important for maintaining everyday activities, whereas poor physical function increases the risk of falls.

This presentation will outline the common physical disabilities found in people living with dementia, how thinking and memory influence the ability to walk safely, as well as evidence for treatments to maintain or improve physical function and prevent falls.

About our presenters:

Associate Professor Michele Callisaya is a physiotherapist who has worked for over 20 years in aged care and rehabilitation. She has a prestigious NHMRC Dementia Research Fellowship at Monash University, and aims to find ways to help older people maintain their physical and cognitive health. Her work has explored how different cognitive functions influence both physical function and falls as well as exploring the educational needs of physiotherapists when working with people with dementia. She has over125 publications and recevied over10 million in research funding.

Dr Morag Taylor is a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia. She was awarded a prestigious NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship 2016 – 2020. Currently her work is focusing on physical and cognitive function and fall/fall-injury risk and prevention in older people with dementia. She completed her PhD (Understanding fall risk in cognitively impaired older people) in 2014 (Medicine, UNSW), has presented her work nationally and internationally and has 26 publications. Morag is a physiotherapist with extensive experience working in Aged Care Rehabilitation, as well as the Falls, Balance and Bone Health clinic.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU)

  • 2:00 pm PDT
  • 3:00 pm MDT
  • 4:00 pm CDT
  • 5:00 pm EDT
  • 10:00 pm UK, BST
  • 11:00 pm Europe

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 (AU/NZ/ASIA)

  • 5:00 am SGT/AWST
  • 6:30 am ACST
  • 7:00 am AEST
  • 9:00 am NZST

The Webinar runs for up to 1.5 hours.

Please check here if your time is not listed above:

COST TO ATTEND:

  • DAI Members: FREE
  • Care partners of people with dementia: FREE
  • Researchers: FREE
  • Health Care Professionals: FREE
  • Others: FREE
  • DONATION: $30.00

WHILST WE HAVE MADE IT FREE FOR YOU TO ATTEND, PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TO SUPPORT THESE EVENTS AND SERVICES FOR OUR MEMBERS.

Support people with dementia:

THANK YOU

In preparation for this event, you might want to watch a previous DAI webinar from 2016, presented by Associate Professor James McLoughlin, where he discusses the value of rehabilitation for people with dementia, and how hard it has been to 'sell'! People with dementia have been asking for a full suite of rehabilitation services, in line with Universal Health Coverage, for many years, and we are excited to be able to present this series of 4 webinars focused specifically on rehabilitation for dementia.

 

 

Lessons and Insights from Municipal Housing Strategies in Ottawa, Montreal, and St. John’s Link to external URL.

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11 AM MST

Housing is not just about having a home: it’s about community. Communities are hard at work across Canada to ensure that as many Canadians have a safe and affordable place to call home as possible. Many have created their own strategies to help them reach their objectives. Join us on Monday, September 13th at 1:00 p.m. to hear from active members of the housing community from Ottawa, Montreal, and St. John’s discuss their cities’ housing strategies, and receive lessons and insights that can apply to your community too!

Speakers:
1. Mathieu Fleury, Ottawa City Councillor for Rideau-Vanier & Chair, Ottawa Community Housing;
2. Craig Sauvé, Associate Councillor to the Executive Committee for Housing, City of Montreal; and
3. Krista Gladney, Affordable Housing & Development Facilitator, Department of Community Services, City of St. John’s.

Sep 13, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Integrating Energy Conservation Into Your Asset Management Practices with FCM's Green Municipal Fund Link to external URL.

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11:30 MST

In Canada, a significant portion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are produced from buildings. Non-profit housing also typically shows lower energy performance than comparable for-profit housing, particularly as Canada’s aging affordable housing stock’s building components deteriorate over time. Join us as we explore how integrating Energy Management into Asset Management practices can help improve energy performance and affordability and address this critical opportunity to reduce GHG emissions. Edward Beckett, Asset Management Coordinator with the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and FCM’s Regional Energy Coach for BC, will share three pathways to utilizing Asset Management to improve energy performance. Ramzi Kawar, Director of Greening and Sustainable Business Practices with Housing Nova Scotia will present examples to help inspire and inform your next steps in asset and energy management. You will also hear how FCM’s Sustainable Affordable Housing initiative can support you.

Rehabilitation of daily activities and leisure for people with dementia Link to external URL.

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3 PM MST

You are invited to join us at the second DAI "Meeting Of The Minds" Webinar series in September 2021, part of our series for World Alzheimer's Month, focused on Rehabilitation for people with dementia.

Title: Living life to the full: rehabilitation of daily activities and leisure for people with dementia

Presenters: Associate Professor Kate Laver and Doctor Claire O’Connor

DAY/DATE(S):

  • Wednesday, September 14, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU) - 4 pm CDT
  • Thursday, September 15, 2021 (AU/NZ/ASIA) - 700 am AEST
  • Reminder, this is one event, set in a number of different time zones - it is not being held twice.

About the presentation: There is good evidence that the functional decline associated with dementia can be delayed. It is critical to maintain engagement in activities of daily living and participation in leisure activities. This presentation will describe how activities and leisure are affected. The presenters will share advice and information from research about how to preserve independence, participate in valued activities, and maximise quality of life.

About our presenters: Associate Professor Kate Laver is an occupational therapist and researcher. Her work focuses on how to best support older people to maintain independence, quality of life and remain in their own homes. She runs a number of research studies but most importantly she seeks to reduce the gap between research and practice with translational research work and working with members of the public and health professionals.

Dr Claire O’Connor is also an occupational therapist and researcher. Her work focuses on maximising functioning and quality of life for people living with dementia. She is currently running a project that seeks to move an Arts on Prescription program from research into a real-world offering for people living with dementia and their family supporters.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU)

  • 2:00 pm PDT
  • 3:00 pm MDT
  • 4:00 pm CDT
  • 5:00 pm EDT
  • 10:00 pm UK, BST
  • 11:00 pm Europe

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 (AU/NZ/ASIA)

  • 5:00 am SGT/AWST
  • 6:30 am ACST
  • 7:00 am AEST
  • 9:00 am NZST

The Webinar runs for up to 1.5 hours.

Please check here if your time is not listed above:

COST TO ATTEND:

  • DAI Members: FREE
  • Care partners of people with dementia: FREE
  • Researchers: FREE
  • Health Care Professionals: FREE
  • Others: FREE
  • DONATION: $30.00

WHILST WE HAVE MADE IT FREE FOR YOU TO ATTEND, PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TO SUPPORT THESE EVENTS AND SERVICES FOR OUR MEMBERS.

Support people with dementia:

THANK YOU

Cognition-oriented treatments for people with dementia Link to external URL.

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3 PM MST

This webinar outlines examples of how cognition-orientation techniques underpin some of the approaches used to support people with dementia

About this event

You are invited to join us at the third DAI "Meeting Of The Minds" Webinar series in September 2021, part of our activities for World Alzheimer's Month, focused on Rehabilitation for people with dementia.

Title: Cognition-oriented treatments for people with dementia

Presenters: Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs and Dr Loren Mowszowski

* Reminder, the login details to join will be sent to you 2 HOURS before the event starts.

DAY/DATE(S):

  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU) - 4 pm CDT
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (AU/NZ/ASIA) - 700 am AEST

Please note this is one event, set in a number of different time zones - it is not being held twice.

About the presentation: There are no known effective interventions to stop or reverse the progression of symptoms in people with dementia; however, many treatments are available to slow the process of decline, reduce the impact of cognitive and functional impairment, and improve the day-to-day experience, quality of life and confidence in people living with dementia. In line with this, several high-quality Clinical Practice Guidelines for dementia rehabilitation around the world predominantly focus on recommendations targeting cognitive and mental functions, and a large body of evidence indicates that cognitively-oriented treatments have shown promise in relation to cognitive outcomes.

In this presentation, we will discuss the key features and evidence behind three main approaches to cognitively-oriented treatments: cognitive training, cognitive rehabilitation and cognitive stimulation therapy. We will present some practical examples of how the techniques underpinning some of these approaches can be used to support day-to-day activities. For health professionals, we propose key factors to consider when planning or implementing cognitively-oriented treatments. Finally, we propose areas requiring future attention in research and clinical practice.

About our presenters: Dr. Alex Bahar-Fuchs is a clinical neuropsychologist and an NHMRC senior research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. His research and clinical work focus on the development and evaluation of cognition-oriented treatments for people with or at risk of dementia. His work on the effects of cognitive training and rehabilitation has informed clinical practice guidelines in Australian and in the UK, and he received continuous funding from the NHMRC, DCRC, Dementia Australia, and the NIA.

Dr. Loren Mowszowski is a registered Clinical Neuropsychologist and NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow at the University of Sydney. She is Deputy Director of the Healthy Brain Ageing Program at the Brain and Mind Centre, also leading its Cognitive Intervention research stream. Loren’s research evaluates multifaceted neuropsychological interventions for older adults, emphasizing functional outcomes and greater access across clinical and community settings. She is co-Chief Investigator on two NHMRC-funded dementia research trials incorporating neuropsychological interventions, and member of a World Health Organisation technical working group for rehabilitation in dementia. She has 48 peer-reviewed publications across psychology, neuroscience and ageing.

Tuesday, September 21, World Alzheimer's Day 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU)

  • 2:00 pm PDT
  • 3:00 pm MDT
  • 4:00 pm CDT
  • 5:00 pm EDT
  • 10:00 pm UK, BST
  • 11:00 pm Europe

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (AU/NZ/ASIA)

  • 5:00 am SGT/AWST
  • 6:30 am ACST
  • 7:00 am AEST
  • 9:00 am NZST

The Webinar runs for up to 1.5 hours.

Please check here if your time is not listed above.

COST TO ATTEND:

  • DAI Members: FREE
  • Care partners of people with dementia: FREE
  • Researchers: FREE
  • Health Care Professionals: FREE
  • Others: FREE
  • DONATION: $30.00

WHILST WE HAVE MADE IT FREE FOR YOU TO ATTEND, PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TO SUPPORT THESE EVENTS AND SERVICES FOR OUR MEMBERS.

Support people with dementia:

THANK YOU

SAGE 2021 Virtual Seniors Forum Link to external URL.

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Sep. 27 - 29

The Virtual Seniors Forum, presented by Age Friendly Edmonton, and organized by Sage Seniors Association and key stakeholders from the seniors’ sector, is returning this fall. This free 4-day event connects seniors, their families, professionals, and caregivers to vital information and resources for older adults.

The Forum, which will take place online and by phone September 27-29 and October 1, offers information, resources, and facilitated discussions on a wide variety of topics related to aging well in the community. Information sessions are led by engaging, knowledgeable presenters addressing issues and topics that are important to seniors across the province. The event concludes on International Day of Older Persons, and will include an introduction to Zumba, live music, story sharing, and performances by the GeriActors, an intergenerational theatre troupe.

People who plan to participate by phone can call 780.809.8604 to request a printed copy of the program, which will be mailed out about a week before the Forum starts. The program for the Forum can also be found online closer to the event. 

Please click here to view the event poster. We kindly ask that you share the poster and information within your networks. For more information about the Virtual Seniors Forum, or to register to attend the event, please visit www.seniorsforum.ca
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The Importance of Rehabilitation for all people with dementia Link to external URL.

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3 PM MST

This webinar will be a panel session, hearing from people with dementia and professionals in the field on Rehabilitation for dementia.

About this event

You are invited to register to attend the fourth and final DAI "Meeting Of The Minds" Webinar series in September 2021, part of our activities for World Alzheimer's Month, focused on rehabilitation for people with dementia. We look forward to sharing this important knowledge with you.

Title: The Importance of Rehabilitation for All People with Dementia

Panellists include: Professor Lee-Fay Low, PhD, Emily Ong, Lynette Rogers, Kate Swaffer MSc

Please note, the login details will be sent to you 2 HOURS before the event starts.

DAY/DATE(S):

  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU) - 4 pm CDT
  • Thursday, September 30, 2021 (AU/NZ/ASIA) - 700 am AEST
  • Reminder: this is one event, set in a number of different time zones - it is not being held twice.

About the panel session: In this session, each presenter will spend 10 minutes providing their personal and/or professional perspectives and expertise about rehabilitation for dementia. We are hopeful you will have attended the previous three webinars and will therefore have listened to others share why it is so important, from a their professional perspectives.

Rehabilitation helps individuals maintain and optimize independence. Historically, people with dementia have received little rehabilitation and the focus has been on care to replace lost function. It is now critical that health and social care professionals, service planners, policy makers, and academics embrace dementia rehabilitation. There is a compelling case for rehabilitation for people with dementia, including the views of people with dementia and the research evidence. For each area of function, the research evidence and relevant theory is clear, and needs to be followed by practical information on clinical assessment, and delivery of therapies.

Associate Professor Low is an expert in dementia, and was a co editor of the book, Dementia Rehabilitation 1st Edition, released in 2020. Three of our panellists are people diagnosed with dementia, who all have not only their experience of rehabilitation (or lack of) to share, but important views from a human rights and disability perspective.

We are still awaiting confirmation of one speaker, who has been involved in the development of the WHO Rehabilitation for Dementia Guidelines, which are to be released sometime in the future.

The Q&A will be your opportunity to engage with all of the panellists, and to ask your questions.

About our panellists:

Lee-Fay Low (BSc Psych (Hons), PhD) is Professor in Ageing and Health, NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Development Fellow, University of Sydney. She is a registered psychologist with a PhD in psychiatric epidemiology. Her main areas of expertise are in rehabilitation and post-diagnostic support for people with dementia, and health and aged care services for older people.

Lynnette Rogers is a member of Dementia Alliance International, and lives with Primary Progressive Aphasia. She also lives in a residential care facility in Victoria and has experiences of stigma and discrimination that have caused a denial of rehabilitation, and some of her basic needs, such as walking outside, which are also part of rehabilitation. Lyn has campaigned against the aged care system - and won. One such complaint even reached as high up as the Federal health Minister, to ensure she can live a higher quality of life with dementia.

Emily Tan Tan Ong is trained in Early Childhood Education and involved in supporting young children and adolescents with learning disability in mainstream education. She is a current Board Member of Dementia Alliance International and has been living with young-onset dementia since 2017. Being an educator in learning disability, she believes in focusing on what the person can do and to compensate the disability with strategies to enable the execution of a task from start to completion. Emily is a strong advocate of rehabilitation for people living with dementia and was involved in coming out with a cognitive rehabilitation self-help toolkits, My Life, My Goals, with Professor Linda Clare and her team, so that more people can benefit from rehabilitation.

Kate Swaffer has a Master of Science in Dementia Care, a Bachelor of Psychology, a BA, and is a retired nurse. She is a past Chair, and the current CEO of Dementia Alliance International, and a co-founder. She has worked tirelessly for over a decade to ensure rehabilitation for people with dementia is provided in clinical practice, as well as for dementia not only to be viewed as a disability, but managed as a condition causing acquired disabilities, and to ensure their rights under the CRPD and other conventions are being realised.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (USA/CA/UK/EU)

  • 2pm PDT
  • 3 pm MDT
  • 4 pm CDT
  • 5 pm EDT
  • 10 pm UK, BST
  • 11 pm EU

Thursday, September 30, 2021 (AU/NZ/ASIA)

  • 5 am SG/AWST
  • 6:30 am ACST
  • 7:00 am AEST
  • 9:00 NZST

The Webinar runs for up to 1.5 hours.

Please check here if your time is not listed above.

COST TO ATTEND:

  • DAI Members: FREE
  • Care partners of people with dementia: FREE
  • Researchers: FREE
  • Health Care Professionals: FREE
  • Others: FREE
  • DONATION: $30.00

WHILST WE HAVE MADE IT FREE FOR YOU TO ATTEND, PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TO SUPPORT THESE EVENTS AND SERVICES FOR OUR MEMBERS.

Support people with dementia:

THANK YOU

 

Palliative Education and Research Day Link to external URL.

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8 am MST

My Grief - Your Grief – Our Grief:
Grieving Together in Times of Loss

“Ensuring that the needs and wishes of each person with a life-limiting illness and their family are understood”

Grief is a response to our many losses – losses arising from deaths of significant people in our lives, as well as other important life transitions, including losses of opportunities, relationships, employment, and social connections.

Grief is a unique experience that affects many dimensions of a person’s life – emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically. There is no one way to grieve.

However, grief is also a universal experience. During this past year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all experienced significant losses. There are many ways to connect our personal grief experiences with the grief experiences of others - within our relationships, our work settings, and our communities. There is so much that we can learn from each other.

We hope that you will take the opportunity to attend in October and get involved in discussions about diverse grief experiences and learnings across a range of topics, during keynote presentations and breakout sessions.