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.
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.Learn More
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 live online event we will discuss the features of frontal lobe disorders and frontotemporal dementia.Learn More
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.Learn More
Live Event 20: Promoting Brain Health
Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson of McMaster University met virtually and share six evidence-based ways to promote brain health. They discuss 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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.
Depression is a mood disorder that negatively impacts a person's thoughts, behaviours, feelings, and sense of well-being. During this event, our experts examined how depression may be recognized and also how it may present in both caregivers and patients with dementia. Additionally, we shared tips for meeting the associated challenges.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.
It is important to recognize that everyone has a different journey and will maintain different strengths, abilities, and capacities. Through awareness and compassion, hope to create a more inclusive community.Learn More
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.
Join us for our latest free iGeriCare Live Event, which is an opportunity for you to learn from and interact with medical experts online. This time we are excited to sit down with guest expert Dr. Giulia-Anna Perri from Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto.Learn More
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.
We also discussed how dementia can affect the capacity to make decisions, the importance of the Power of Attorney, and what it means to be a substitute decision maker.Learn More
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.Learn More
Live Event 8: Delirium & 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.Learn More
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.Learn More
Live Event 6: Medications for Dementia Symptoms
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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