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8 Nov

U-First!® for Care Partners

2021-07-24T12:31:22-04:00

What is U-First!®  for Care Partners?

U-First!® for Care Partners is a new education program for family and friends who are providing direct support to someone experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment.

This 6 hour education program will help you to:

  • Enhance well-being of care partners and of the person they are supporting who is experiencing behaviour changes
  • Reduce responsive behaviours by using the U-First!® framework
  • Improve collaboration among all team members through a common knowledge, language and approach to care. 
Session dates are on Mondays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Who should attend?

U-First!® for Care Partners is for family and friends of people experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment who provide direct support for that person in an unpaid role. 

What’s involved in the program?

  • Interactive learning approach that has participants reflect on their experiences, engage with new content, practice using a variety of methods including case studies and plan for how they will implement what they have learned.
  • Learners receive a Participant Workbook and a U-First!® Wheel to use during the program and keep as useful resources for applying their learning.
  • Learners will also be invited to take part in an evaluation to better understand the effectiveness and outcomes of the program.  In addition, a sample of participants will be invited to take part in an interview with the Evaluator. All learners will be invited to participate in evaluation activities but will not be excluded from the program if they choose not to participate in the evaluation.

What’s the cost for the program?

There is no cost for participants of U-First!® for Care Partners. 

Please note that there will be additional screening of all interested participants to ensure there is a fit between the program and participant.

 

What is U-First!®  for Care Partners?

U-First!® for Care Partners is a new education program for family and friends who are providing direct support to someone experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment.

This 6 hour education program will help you to:

  • Enhance well-being of care partners and of the person they are supporting who is experiencing behaviour changes
  • Reduce responsive behaviours by using the U-First!® framework
  • Improve collaboration among all team members through a common knowledge, language and approach to care. 
Session dates are on Mondays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Who should attend?

U-First!® for Care Partners is for family and friends of people experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment who provide direct support for that person in an unpaid role. 

What’s involved in the program?

  • Interactive learning approach that has participants reflect on their experiences, engage with new content, practice using a variety of methods including case studies and plan for how they will implement what they have learned.
  • Learners receive a Participant Workbook and a U-First!® Wheel to use during the program and keep as useful resources for applying their learning.
  • Learners will also be invited to take part in an evaluation to better understand the effectiveness and outcomes of the program.  In addition, a sample of participants will be invited to take part in an interview with the Evaluator. All learners will be invited to participate in evaluation activities but will not be excluded from the program if they choose not to participate in the evaluation.

What’s the cost for the program?

There is no cost for participants of U-First!® for Care Partners. 

Please note that there will be additional screening of all interested participants to ensure there is a fit between the program and participant.

What is U-First!®  for Care Partners?

U-First!® for Care Partners is a new education program for family and friends who are providing direct support to someone experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment.

This 6 hour education program will help you to:

  • Enhance well-being of care partners and of the person they are supporting who is experiencing behaviour changes
  • Reduce responsive behaviours by using the U-First!® framework
  • Improve collaboration among all team members through a common knowledge, language and approach to care. 
Session dates are on Mondays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Who should attend?

U-First!® for Care Partners is for family and friends of people experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment who provide direct support for that person in an unpaid role. 

What’s involved in the program?

  • Interactive learning approach that has participants reflect on their experiences, engage with new content, practice using a variety of methods including case studies and plan for how they will implement what they have learned.
  • Learners receive a Participant Workbook and a U-First!® Wheel to use during the program and keep as useful resources for applying their learning.
  • Learners will also be invited to take part in an evaluation to better understand the effectiveness and outcomes of the program.  In addition, a sample of participants will be invited to take part in an interview with the Evaluator. All learners will be invited to participate in evaluation activities but will not be excluded from the program if they choose not to participate in the evaluation.

What’s the cost for the program?

There is no cost for participants of U-First!® for Care Partners. 

Please note that there will be additional screening of all interested participants to ensure there is a fit between the program and participant.

What is U-First!®  for Care Partners?

U-First!® for Care Partners is a new education program for family and friends who are providing direct support to someone experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment.

This 6 hour education program will help you to:

  • Enhance well-being of care partners and of the person they are supporting who is experiencing behaviour changes
  • Reduce responsive behaviours by using the U-First!® framework
  • Improve collaboration among all team members through a common knowledge, language and approach to care. 
Session dates are on Mondays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Who should attend?

U-First!® for Care Partners is for family and friends of people experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment who provide direct support for that person in an unpaid role. 

What’s involved in the program?

  • Interactive learning approach that has participants reflect on their experiences, engage with new content, practice using a variety of methods including case studies and plan for how they will implement what they have learned.
  • Learners receive a Participant Workbook and a U-First!® Wheel to use during the program and keep as useful resources for applying their learning.
  • Learners will also be invited to take part in an evaluation to better understand the effectiveness and outcomes of the program.  In addition, a sample of participants will be invited to take part in an interview with the Evaluator. All learners will be invited to participate in evaluation activities but will not be excluded from the program if they choose not to participate in the evaluation.

What’s the cost for the program?

There is no cost for participants of U-First!® for Care Partners. 

Please note that there will be additional screening of all interested participants to ensure there is a fit between the program and participant.

Category: Alzheimer Society Toronto,Family Caregivers,Education

U-First!® for Care Partners2021-07-24T12:31:22-04:00
21 Oct

CARERS Program for Adult Children (8 sessions) – ONLINE

2021-07-24T12:31:22-04:00

This 8-week online program is for adult children of people with mid- to late-stage dementia living in the community. Developed by the Reitman Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital, CARERS is a comprehensive dementia care program that supports problem-solving skill development and introduces the innovative use of standardized patients – actors trained to simulate real-life situations – so that caregivers, guided by expert clinical coaches, will learn how to address communication challenges.

Goals of the Program:

  • Enhance practical skills for caregivers
  • Improve caregivers’ coping and problem-solving skills
  • Enhance caregivers’ confidence in dealing with challenges
  • Improve caregivers’ social interaction and social support

Dates: Thursdays – October 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2 and 9

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Location: the group will be held online using Zoom

Registration and an assessment appointment via Zoom are prerequisites. An AST Social Worker will contact you soon for your assessment.

** If you are interested in a future group or would like to discuss how this group may support your current caregiving situation, please CLICK HERE

 

 

CARERS Program for Adult Children (8 sessions) – ONLINE2021-07-24T12:31:22-04:00
5 Oct

CARERS Program for Spouse/Partner (8 sessions) – ONLINE

2021-07-24T12:31:22-04:00

This 8-week online program is for spouse or partner of people with mid- to late-stage dementia living in the community. Developed by the Reitman Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital, CARERS is a comprehensive dementia care program that supports problem-solving skill development and introduces the innovative use of standardized patients – actors trained to simulate real-life situations – so that caregivers, guided by expert clinical coaches, will learn how to address communication challenges.

Goals of the Program:

  • Enhance practical skills for caregivers
  • Improve caregivers’ coping and problem-solving skills
  • Enhance caregivers’ confidence in dealing with challenges
  • Improve caregivers’ social interaction and social support

Dates: Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16 and 23

Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Location: the group will be held online using Zoom

Registration and an assessment appointment via Zoom are prerequisites. An AST Social Worker will contact you soon for your assessment.

** If you are interested in a future group or would like to discuss how this group may support your current caregiving situation, please CLICK HERE

 

 

CARERS Program for Spouse/Partner (8 sessions) – ONLINE2021-07-24T12:31:22-04:00
22 Sep

Unpacking Denial in Dementia – ONLINE

2021-07-24T12:31:21-04:00

The focus of the session will be on exploring the concept of denial and anosognosia, how it impacts persons with dementia and their care partners, and strategies for assisting families.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the concept of denial and anosognosia
  • Identify how denial impacts persons with dementia and their care partners
  • Explore behaviours and strategies for responding
  • Develop an understanding of supportive services in the community
This workshop is for care partners of a person living with dementia
 
Registration is required to receive the link to participate.
 

 

 

Unpacking Denial in Dementia – ONLINE2021-07-24T12:31:21-04:00
21 Sep

Humanity in Music – ONLINE

2021-07-24T12:31:21-04:00
 

This World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21 at 6:00 PM, Humanity in Music will commemorate those living with dementia, their caregivers, their families, and their journey with a special online concert featuring Canadian music and Canadian artists!

We are giving away 50 tickets to virtually attend Humanity in Music. Click on the button below to get your free ticket. Hurry – only limited tickets available!

About Jasmin Uglow & Humanity in Music

Jasmin Uglow is a Canadian musician and the founder of the non-profit organization, Humanity in Music. Jasmin has been personally touched by Alzheimer’s as her father was diagnosed and passed away from dementia. After his passing, Jasmin took her and her father’s shared bond of music and gained renewed meaning for their passions. Through her challenges as a full-time caregiver, she recognized the extraordinary, positive effects music has on patients and caregivers alike.

Jasmin hopes that through her music and Humanity in Music, she can encourage Canadians to give back, support musical efforts, and make a change for those impacted by dementia now, and in the future.

For more information, please contact Melinda Good, Special Events Coordinator at mgood@alz.to.

Registration is  required to receive your event ticket. 

Humanity in Music – ONLINE2021-07-24T12:31:21-04:00
21 Sep

Drop-in Young Carers Support Group – ONLINE

2021-07-24T12:31:21-04:00
 

The content of this solution-focused support group is driven by the participants, with an emphasis on the unique experiences and challenges of young carers (16 to 40 years old).

Group Objectives:

  • To enhance existing knowledge of dementia and/or mild cognitive impairment, including resources and supports available.
  • To share insights and experiences related to our personal caregiving journeys with peers in a supportive environment.​
  • To explore balancing caregiving with other areas of our lives, such as school, work, socializing, extra-curricular activities, and starting a family of our own.
  • To acquire strategies related to self-care and care for our loved ones. ​
  • To set the agenda and suggest topics for future discussion. 

Each group session will begin with a review of group rules and a short grounding exercise,  followed by a care-and-share.

Group meets every 3rd Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 7:30  pm of every month online using Zoom.  

Registration is required.

Drop-in Young Carers Support Group – ONLINE2021-07-24T12:31:21-04:00
21 Sep

Virtual Art Talks with Art Gallery Ontario (AGO) – ONLINE

2021-07-24T12:31:21-04:00

Are you looking for a more in-depth experience of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)? The AGO is offering engaging small group virtual art talks for Alzheimer Society Toronto. The AGO will help you explore their collection through conversation, exchanging ideas and observations about the selected artworks. This is a one-hour virtual art talk hosted on Zoom. The program is designed for people living with dementia and their caregivers. The art talk is facilitated by an experienced AGO Art Educator and is assisted by Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s volunteers.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate.

*please note, only 1 registration for each email address, you could then share your screen with however many people you wish to attend with you.

 

Virtual Art Talks with Art Gallery Ontario (AGO) – ONLINE2021-07-24T12:31:21-04:00
14 Sep

Self-Care for Care Partners – ONLINE

2021-07-24T12:31:21-04:00

 

This interactive workshop is designed to help care partners caring for people living with dementia discuss the concept of Self Care and the important role it plays in managing the day-to-day stress

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is self-care?
  • Common barriers preventing caregivers from practicing self-care
  • The benefits of self-care habits
  • Strategies, approaches and ideas on incorporating self-care into our daily schedule
  • Emotional hygiene and how to practice it
  • Creating a self-care plan and sticking to it
Workshop will be presented using Zoom.

 
Registration is required to receive the link to participate.

 

 
Self-Care for Care Partners – ONLINE2021-07-24T12:31:21-04:00
7 Sep

Training, Education, and Assistance for Caregiving at Home (TEACH) – ONLINE

2021-07-24T12:31:19-04:00

The TEACH (Training, Education, and Assistance for Caregiving at Home) Program is a Reitman Centre caregiver program which consists of 4 weekly group sessions that are each 90 minutes long.

Learning objectives: 

  • Focus on common caregiving themes including; self-care, healthcare system navigation, relationship changes and future planning
  • Coaches care partners in practical communication and coping skills
  • Provides opportunity to share and learn from other care partners

Dates: Tuesdays – September 7, 14, 21 and 28

Time: from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: the group will be held online using Zoom

** Click HERE If you are interested in a future group dates or would like to discuss how this group may support your current caregiving situation.

Registration and an assessment appointment via Zoom are prerequisites. An AST Social Worker will contact you soon for your assessment.

 

Training, Education, and Assistance for Caregiving at Home (TEACH) – ONLINE2021-07-24T12:31:19-04:00
4 Sep

Palliative Care in Dementia Program – ONLINE

2021-07-24T12:31:19-04:00

 

PRE-REQUISITE: You must be a FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER and have attended either:

1. Dementia Care Training Program (DCTP) -OR

2. Dementia 101 series on Alzeducate  OR Dementia 101: Overview of Alzheimer Disease and other Dementia (check events calendar for dates)

Description

This training program is aimed at enhancing the knowledge of frontline staff in caring for people with dementia using a palliative care approach.  This program focuses on promoting quality of life and comfort for individuals living with dementias and their families, with particular emphasis on late stage and end of life.  Participants will explore their own beliefs around dying and how it impacts care as well as examine what a palliative care approach means through a dementia lens.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define palliative care including its values and principles
  • Describe dementia as a terminal illness and its symptoms in late/end of life stages
  • Relate concepts of culture, spirituality and communication and their significance in delivering person-centered care
  • List some of the non-pharmacological strategies/therapies that provide comfort and support quality of life in advanced and end of life dementia
  • Define advanced care planning in the context of dementia
Dates and Time: (you have to attend both days to complete the required training hours)
 
Saturdays – September 4 and 11 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm 
 
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of all requirements.
 
Program will be presented online using Zoom. Registration is required.
 

Palliative Care in Dementia Program – ONLINE2021-07-24T12:31:19-04:00

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