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Learn from and interact with dementia experts

Join us for a series of live streamed events that will allow you to interact directly with experts in dementia. If you can't make it, don't worry! All our live events will be archived on this page for you to view at your convenience.

Lewy Body and Parkinson's Disease Dementia
Event Date: May 20th, 2021

Live Event 26: Lewy Body and Parkinson's Disease Dementia

Join us for our 26th iGeriCare Live Event with Drs. Anthony Levinson and Richard Sztramko. Lewy body diseases are a group of conditions caused by deposits of an abnormal protein called Lewy bodies inside the brain cells. There are 3 types of Lewy body diseases: Parkinson disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and Parkinson disease dementia. We will discuss the similarities, differences, and possible treatments for the three types of Lewy body diseases.

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Frailty: What You Need To Know
Event Date: April 29th, 2021

Live Event 25: Frailty: What You Need To Know

For some, frailty can feel like a label that is embarrassing or shameful. Many people think that frailty only happens near the end of life and that there is nothing you can do about it. Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean someone is frail, but it does increase the odds of developing multiple medical conditions and frailty.

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Canadian Long-Term Care Strategy in COVID
Event Date: March 17th, 2021

Live Event 24: Canadian Long-Term Care Strategy in COVID

Canada is currently struggling to meet the needs of its aging population. The pandemic has been a profound shock to the healthcare system - the result has been a terrible impact on the particularly vulnerable population living in long-term care (LTC) homes.

Please join Drs. Anthony Levinson and Roger Wong as they discuss Canada's LTC landscape and the challenges faced by older Canadians and their caregivers.

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COVID-19 Vaccines
Event Date: January 28th, 2021

Live Event 23: COVID-19 Vaccines

Over the past year, we have awaited news of a COVID-19 vaccine and now that vaccines are becoming available, you may have questions about them. Dr. Anthony Levinson is joined by Dr. Zain Chagla, a specialist in internal medicine, tropical medicine, and infectious diseases to discuss COVID-19 vaccines.

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Frontotemporal Dementia and Frontal Lobe Syndromes
Event Date: December 17th, 2020

Live Event 22: Frontotemporal Dementia and Frontal Lobe Syndromes

Damage to the front part of the brain (the frontal lobes) is part of many conditions, including frontotemporal dementia or FTD, also called frontotemporal lobar degeneration. The frontal lobes are important for many major functions including how we plan and organize tasks, our motivation, and how we control a lot of our emotional responses. In this pre-recorded online event we discuss the features of frontal lobe disorders and frontotemporal dementia.

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Driving and Dementia
Event Date: November 18th, 2020

Live Event 21: Driving and Dementia

There are safety concerns associated with dementia and driving and how/when a fitness-to-drive assessment is done. Age-associated changes and other medical conditions like dementia can affect our abilities to drive safely. Driving is a very complicated skill, and people with even mild cognitive impairment may not be able to drive safely.

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Promoting Brain Health
Event Date: June 25th, 2020

Live Event 20: Promoting Brain Health

Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson of McMaster University met virtually and shared six evidence-based ways to promote brain health. They discussed the impact of specific health conditions and lifestyle choices you can make, such as your level of physical, social and cognitive activity, which will help to reduce your risk of developing dementia or slow its progression.

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Genetics & Dementia
Event Date: May 27th, 2020

Live Event 19: Genetics & Dementia

Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson met virtually to examine the part genetics may play in developing dementia. Together they discuss what genes are, the role they may play in the different types of dementia, current research, and genetic testing.

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Long-Distance Caregiving
Event Date: April 8th, 2020

Live Event 18: Long-Distance Caregiving

Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson met virtually this month for a discussion of how social distancing impacts caregivers of persons with dementia. They looked at in-home care, assisted living, the importance of keeping yourself healthy, and other relevant topics.

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Hearing Loss & Dementia
Event Date: March 4th, 2020

Live Event 17: Hearing Loss & Dementia

Marilyn Reed from Baycrest Health Sciences helped us examine the relationships between hearing loss and cognition. Looking at how to diagnose hearing loss in a person living with dementia, the many benefits of hearing aids, and alternative communication strategies for those who are hearing impaired.

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Debunking Dementia Myths
Event Date: February 7th, 2020

Live Event 16: Debunking Dementia Myths

Addressing common points of misinformation on the internet regarding dementia, Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson help to separate fact from fiction during this session. During this event they look at various dementia-related myths such as coconut oil, diet, genetics, care practices, and much more.

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Sleep and Dementia
Event Date: January 8th, 2020

Live Event 15: Sleep and Dementia

Sleep (or the lack thereof) can complicate caregiving for persons with dementia. During this event, Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson investigated various related topics, including sleep hygiene, how insomnia affects those with and without cognitive impairment, and the effects of medication(s) on sleep.

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Depression and Dementia
Event Date: December 12th, 2019

Live Event 14: Depression and Dementia

Dr. Joel Sadavoy of Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto joined our own Dr. Anthony Levinson for a discussion about depression and dementia.

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Deprescribing Medications and Dementia
Event Date: November 21st, 2019

Live Event 13: Deprescribing Medications and Dementia

Drs. Joanne Ho and Anthony Levinson of McMaster University met to examine the process and purpose of deprescribing medications. For those unfamiliar, deprescribing is the careful process of reducing or stopping medications that may no longer be beneficial or may be causing harm. The goal of which is to maintain or improve a person's quality of life.

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Stigma & Dementia
Event Date: October 17th, 2019

Live Event 12: Stigma & Dementia

Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson examine how stigma affects persons living with dementia. This population often experiences feelings of exclusion and differing treatment from friends, family, and their communities.

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Palliative Care and End-of-Life Planning
Event Date: September 26th, 2019

Live Event 11: Palliative Care and End-of-Life Planning

It is unfortunate, but dementia symptoms will often worsen over time and individuals need to understand what to expect in the final stages. We hope to bring some clarity to the things caregivers can do for their loved ones and for themselves.

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Consent, Capacity, and Care Planning
Event Date: July 4th, 2019

Live Event 10: Consent, Capacity, and Care Planning

Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson discussed some of the essential matters that many family members and caregivers should consider with or on behalf of persons with dementia. Together they outline methods to respect values, wishes, and other considerations that help persons with dementia plan for the future.

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The Stages of Dementia
Event Date: May 29th, 2019

Live Event 9: The Stages of Dementia

For our ninth live event, our experts Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson spoke about what many refer to as the 'stages' of dementia. We reviewed the early, middle and late stages of dementia as well as the global deterioration scale or GDS.

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Delirium and Confusion in the Hospital
Event Date: April 18th, 2019

Live Event 8: Delirium and Confusion in the Hospital

For this online-only event, Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson discussed what delirium is and how it can impact a person with dementia. We also discussed how to identify those at risk for developing delirium, the signs & symptoms, and things caregivers can do to help persons with dementia who develop delirium in the hospital.

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Risk of Falls in Dementia
Event Date: March 27th, 2019

Live Event 7: Risk of Falls in Dementia

For this event, we focused on the risks associated with falls in dementia. We welcomed a very special guest, Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou, who helped us identify those at risk for falls. She helped us outline and consider strategies to implement to increase fall prevention and assess how cognitive impairment and dementia put people at an increased risk of life-altering falls.

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Medications & Dementia
Event Date: February 27th, 2019

Live Event 6: Medications & Dementia

This time our medical experts discussed common medications used to manage dementia symptoms. We took the opportunity to look at the limitations that these medications have, why & how they are prescribed, and looked at classes of medications that may cause adverse effects in persons with dementia.

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How Dementia is Diagnosed
Event Date: January 23rd, 2019

Live Event 5: How Dementia is Diagnosed

For our fifth Live Event, Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson reviewed the symptoms of dementia and discussed how to best prepare to discuss concerns with a family doctor. We also looked at what questions you should ask and what tests may be required to confirm a diagnosis of dementia.

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Understanding the Challenges of Communication with Persons with Dementia
Event Date: December 12th, 2018

Live Event 4: Understanding the Challenges of Communication with Persons with Dementia

During our fourth live event, our experts discussed communication strategies for caregivers to use when communicating with a person with dementia. We will give an overview of some of the strategies that can be effective when communicating with a person with dementia, as well as tips and resources to help communicate during the holiday season.

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Understanding & Managing Responsive Behaviours in Persons with Dementia
Event Date: November 7th, 2018

Live Event 3: Understanding & Managing Responsive Behaviours in Persons with Dementia

During our third live event, our experts discussed responsive behaviours in persons with dementia. Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson gave a quick overview of the different types of these behaviours and shared strategies on how they can be managed.

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Understanding Apathy & Depression in Persons with Dementia
Event Date: October 24th, 2018

Live Event 2: Understanding Apathy & Depression in Persons with Dementia

During the event, our experts Drs. Anthony Levinson and Richard Sztramko looked at what apathy and depression are and how they present in persons with dementia. We also looked at how to cope with these symptoms as a caregiver and outlined treatments that are currently available.

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Coping with Caregiving - Providing Effective Care for a Person with Dementia
Event Date: September 26th, 2018

Live Event 1: Coping with Caregiving - Providing Effective Care for a Person with Dementia

Being a caregiver for a person diagnosed with dementia can be one of the most challenging roles in our society - but there’s help for those who need it. Dr. Anthony Levinson and Dr. Richard Sztramko from McMaster University together discuss strategies and resources for caregivers to keep in mind when caring for a person with dementia.

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