Depression and Dementia
Thursday, December 12th, 2019
Join us for our latest free and online-only Live Event where Dr. Joel Sadavoy of Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto will join our own Dr. Anthony Levinson for a discussion about depression and dementia. Depression is itself a mood disorder that can affect a person's thoughts, behaviours, feelings, and sense of well-being. There are drug and non-drug treatments available for persons with dementia and depression. Dr. Sadavoy has led the development of apps to provide support to family and professional caregivers of persons living with dementia. 'Dementia Talk' is a mobile app that helps caregivers respond to challenging behaviours at home. Similarly, 'Dementia Advisor' helps caregivers learn effective coping skills and get expert coaching through scenario-based training. The first 15 minutes will be set aside for an expert discussion and will be followed by a Q&A period.
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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