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Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and dementia related behaviours

Canada’s national dementia strategy, released in 2019, recognizes that people with an intellectual disability are at a higher risk of developing dementia and face many barriers to equitable access to supports and services related to dementia. Research shows that adults with Down syndrome have a much higher risk of young onset Alzheimer disease and rapid…

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Find art, laughter, and connection at a memory café

I started three Memory Cafés in Victoria because about one in three older adults report loneliness and social isolation, and we know those numbers are higher among people living with dementia and their care partners.  I am trying to reduce the stigma of dementia which decreases quality of life and well-being for many older adults…

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Five Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) resources for managing personal expressions

My name is Prachi Gandhi. I am a Community Support Worker with Behavioural Supports Ontario. I work for older adults living with dementia, cognitive impairment, mental illness, substance use, and/or other neurocognitive disorders. In my role, I collaborate with families and staff serving older adults with such challenges to manage any personal expressions and support…

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Online resources to support caregivers and families

By Dr. Adriana Shnall My name is Dr. Adriana Shnall and I lead the Koschitzky Centre for Innovations in Caregiving  at Baycrest.  I work with caregivers and families to plan and trial approaches to support people who are experiencing behaviours in dementia. Most people living with dementia have some awareness of changes in their mood…

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A physician’s perspective on medications, caregiving, and person-centered care

By Mark Rapoport, MD, FRCPC Like many physicians, I see people with a lot of different conditions. I don’t treat people experiencing behaviours in dementia full-time, so I need to look up the latest and greatest evidence to provide the best possible care. That’s why the Behaviours in Dementia Toolkit is an important resource for…

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