PAST EVENTS

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Understanding Service Engagement and Resistance among People Living with Young Onset Dementia and Family Members

Dr. Sheila Novek shares her dissertation research exploring the complex processes that impact dementia care access, drawing on in-depth interviews with people living with the young onset dementia, family members and providers in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Watch Video HERE

14
NOVEMBER

2022

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Fostering Intergenerational Connection: Perceptions & Projections

Dr. Shelley Canning  discusses work she has been doing with school-aged children, fostering intergenerational connection, addressing ageism, and improving knowledge of dementia amongst younger people. 

Watch Video HERE

20
SEPTEMBER

2022

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Working in Partnership with People Living with Dementia: Examples from UK Community Based Initiatives and Research

Dr. Anthea Innes 

25
MAY

2022

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Peer Mentorship and Dementia: Possibilities for Post-Diagnostic Support 

Post-diagnostic support and dementia is often under resourced and fragmented. Peer support between people living with dementia has the potential to reap extremely positive effects for both the people living with dementia, and their care partners. Dr Laura Booi, a Gerontologist and Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University’s Centre for Dementia Research in the United Kingdom, discusses the developments of a project, funded by a UK Research and Innovation Catalyst Award, to co-develop a peer mentorship program with people living with Lewy Body Disease.

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26
APRIL

2022

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Engaging People Living with Dementia in Decision Making
 

Speakers Krista James and Jess Fehrenbacher discussed the legal rights relating to decision-making for people living with dementia, and shared insights from the community on supported decision-making, along with tools that were created to support decision-making. Community member Jerry Gosling  also shared his perspectives.

17
MARCH

2022

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ADDRESSING STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION: Hearing the Voices of People with Dementia

Led by Alison Phinney, Jim Mann, Debora O'Connor and Members of the Action Group

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25
JANUARY

2022

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CO-LEADING RESEARCH TOGETHER: The Telepresence Project

Dr. Lillian Hung and LL.D Jim Mann

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6
DECEMBER

2021

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SEPTEMBER

2021

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DEMENTIA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL, The Global Voice of Dementia

Emily Ong. Raising awareness on Dementia Issues and actions needed.

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Dr. Hildur Kalman, a physiotherapist and Professor of Social Work from Umeå universitet in Sweden presented her recent research that has been focused on observing and understanding how intimate care is provided to older adults in their own home.

3
APRIL

2019

Gloria Puurveen, Alison Phinney, and Lee Burnside gave a presentation at the Discovery 2019 Alzheimer’s Regional Conference hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association in Seattle, Washington. Their talk was entitled “A New Vision of Social Citizenship for Communities and People Living with Memory Loss”.

Their workshop explored how to create sustainable dementia-friendly communities and how to engage people with dementia in planning community initiatives. It also covered the use of art as a way for someone to express their desires and discussion about what “dementia friendly” means to the person with memory loss.

8
MARCH

2019

27
FEBRUARY

2019

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Rapid-fire presentation event was organized and hosted by the Center for Research on Personhood in Dementia. It featured research participants, advisors, practitioners, researchers, and students who shared stories about their involvement in dementia research, as well as their current research initiatives.

18
JANUARY

2019

MEMORIAL FOR DR. MARTHA DONNELLY 

It is with a sense of profound sadness and shock that we are sharing the news that Dr. Martha Donnelly died suddenly on January 10, 2019.

Martha was a significant and tireless advocate and pioneer in geriatric mental health and dementia care. She provided leadership – and friendship – to many of us in the geriatric mental healthcare communities in BC and across Canada.

In addition to actively practicing as a Geriatric psychiatrist at VGH, she was a longstanding faculty member in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Dept. of Family Practice, UBC Faculty of Medicine where she was instrumental in bringing about a stronger curriculum for training physicians to work with older Adults.

Martha was also founding member of the Centre for Research on Personhood and Dementia (CRPD).

It is difficult to name all of the committees and expert panels that Martha participated on – always bringing a candid, informed lens that pushed for best care for older Adults. Her advocacy, ability to work as a team member and expertise helped to inform the framework of the Adult Guardianship Act of BC, push for a National Dementia Framework, and develop many ‘best practices’ related to assessing incapability, family care and dementia care.

Martha will be missed for her energy, dedication, knowledge and empathy that she had for those who were more vulnerable and for those of us who were privileged to work with her at some point during her busy and impressive career.

Read more stories here

10
DECEMBER

2018

Dr. Alison Phinney read from her essay “Self, Lost and Found” recently published by the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, that explores how perspectives of care might change the way we think about memory loss at the end of life. This public reading was sponsored by the Vancouver Public Library as part of their year long morph exhibition.

13
NOVEMBER

2018

Dr. Daryl Pullman, Professor of Medical Ethics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, gave a lecture on the subject of medical assistance in dying, and the role of women in shaping Canadian policy in this area.
 

A video recording of Dr. Daryl Pullman’s lecture is available HERE

11
APRIL

2018

David Lemon, Founder and Executive Director of the Health Arts Society spoke about the Helena Choir – Considering Evidence in Music and Dementia Programs. This was followed by a lively panel discussion with Susan Cox (UBC Centre for Applied Ethics), Shelley Canning and Darren Blakenborough (University of the Fraser Valley School Centre for Education and Research on Aging), and Rena Sharon (UBC School of Music).

04
APRIL

2018

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Dr. Allen Power, Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation at the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute or Aging spoke about Transforming the Culture of Dementia Care.

12
OCTOBER

2017

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Sylvie Fourcin, the director of Artlink, a community arts and health organization in Leeds, presented an ethnographic evaluation of their three-year program of participatory arts work with adults with learning and physical disabilities, mental health issues and dementia who attend day centres.

12
JULY

2017

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Emily de la Cruz Ellis, a Master of Design graduate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Carolyn Kerchof  a Master of Arts in Design graduate of Zurich University of the Arts discussed principles of inclusive communication design and how these have been applied in creative and thoughtful ways using examples from their research with older people including those with dementia.

26
JUNE

2017

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Riley Malvern, Master’s candidate in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University, discussed her proposed research “Facilitators and Barriers of the Neighbourhood Built Environment for People in Early-Stage Dementia”.

23
MAY

2017

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Dr. Christine FitzGerald, a visiting scholar from the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College Dublin and the Centre of Social and Economic Research on Dementia at NUI Galway discussed her research to develop an “Expanded Psychosocial Classification Framework”.

2
MAY

2017

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Niamh Hennelly, a PHD student visiting from the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at NUI Galway, spoke on the topic of “Personhood in Policy: An Analysis of the Irish National Dementia Strategy”.

2017

USING IPADS TO HELP HOSPITAL PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA

Doctoral Student Lillian Hung was interviewed on CBC Radio about her project exploring the use of iPads to share pre-recorded videos made by families to help comfort people with dementia while hospitalized. Listen to the full interview HERE.