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Risk of Falls in Dementia

Event Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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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Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou

Director, GERAS Centre & Professor of Medicine, McMaster University

Dr. Papaioannou is passionate about improving the quality of health care for seniors by applying the best available research and believes the next generation of health care professionals and volunteers need to connect with seniors to learn and work together as a team.

As Professor of Medicine at McMaster, Dr. Papaioannou holds a joint appointment in the Divisions of Rheumatology and Geriatric Medicine and is an Associate Member in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Medical Sciences. She is also the past Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at McMaster. She completed a Master of Science (MSc), Health Research Methods at McMaster University and is a Geriatric Medicine Specialist at Hamilton Health Sciences' St. Peter's Hospital.

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Dr. Richard Sztramko

Geriatrician, Assistant Professor, McMaster University

Through his work with patients with dementia and their families, Dr. Sztramko came to understand that there is a desire and need for online education about dementia that has been developed by experts in geriatrics. This inspired him to pursue the creation of iGeriCare.

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Dr. Anthony Levinson

Neuropsychiatrist, Director, Division of e-Learning Innovation, McMaster University

At the Division of e-Learning Innovation, Dr. Levinson exercises his passion for researching and developing online solutions to deliver high-quality health educational experiences to both the public and health care professionals. IGeriCare provides a unique opportunity to leverage his expertise in mental health and learning technologies to create a modern and engaging approach to dementia education.

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